Welcome to Icefields Parkway
Much of the route followed by the parkway was established in the 1800s by Aboriginal people and fur traders. An early road was built during the 1930s as part of a work project for the unemployed, and the present highway was opened in the early 1960s. These days it's used almost entirely by tourists, with the exception of the occasional elk, coyote or bighorn sheep meandering along its perimeter. It can get busy in July and August, particularly with large recreational vehicles (RVs). Many also tackle it on a bike – the road is wide and sprinkled with plenty of strategically spaced campgrounds, hostels and hotels.