Icefields Parkway

Banff & Jasper National Parks

The Icefields Pkwy is often referred to locally as the ‘world’s most spectacular road,’ and it’s tough to argue. Stretching for 230km north from Lake Louise all the way to Jasper, the parkway climbs through an amazingly diverse range of Rocky Mountain scenery, from surging rivers and high-alpine glaciers to mountain passes and brilliant blue lakes.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Banff & Jasper National Parks attractions

1. Athabasca Glacier

1.71 MILES

The tongue of the Athabasca Glacier runs from the Columbia Icefield to within walking distance of the road opposite the Icefield Centre. It can be visited…

2. Bridal Veil Falls Viewpoint

5.02 MILES

Near the Icefield Parkway's midpoint, just east of a dramatic bend in the roadway, this lookout offers amazing views southeast down the valley of the…

3. Columbia Icefield Skywalk

5.98 MILES

Winner of numerous architectural awards, this glass-floored, glass-sided, open-air lookout and walkway is suspended high above the Sunwapta River opposite…

4. Weeping Wall

7.35 MILES

This imposing rock wall towers above the east side of the Icefields Parkway, a few kilometers south of Sunwapta Pass and the Banff–Jasper border. In…

5. Columbia Icefield

8.17 MILES

About halfway between Lake Louise village and Jasper Town, you'll glimpse the vast Columbia Icefield, covering an area the size of Vancouver and feeding…

6. Jasper National Park

14.37 MILES

Encompassing 11,228 sq km of Rocky Mountains wilderness, including jagged peaks, vast forests, glacial lakes and the magnificent Columbia Icefield, Jasper…

7. Saskatchewan River Crossing

24.22 MILES

This junction of Hwy 93 (the Icefields Pkwy) and Hwy 11 (the David Thompson Hwy) marks the site where 19th-century fur trappers crossed the North…