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Icefields Parkway (Highway 93)
Icefields Parkway (Highway 93)

Icefields Parkway (Highway 93)

Free admission
Icefields Parkway, Banff, T1W 1J2

The Basics

While it’s possible to drive the whole route, from Jasper in Jasper National Park to Lake Louise in Banff National Park, in just over three hours, the majestic beauty of the Rocky Mountain peaks inspire most visitors to spend a lot longer exploring the Icefields Parkway. Guided tours—which run from Jasper, Banff, and Lake Louise—allow you to forget about navigating and driving, and to focus entirely on the show-stopping scenery. Organized excursions along the parkway often include a tour of the Athabasca Glacier on the all-terrain Ice Explorer; visits to the glass-bottomed Glacier Skywalk; sightseeing stops at lakes, waterfalls, and glaciers; and, in some instances, guided hikes and walks. For a more novel way to explore the route, opt for a tour by motorcycle sidecar, or perhaps a helicopter flight that carries sightseers above the immense craggy peaks.

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Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
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Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
$142.88 per adult
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Absolutely Outstanding
This is hands-down one of the best tours that I’ve ever done. The locations visited are incredible, our tour guide Robbie was awesome, and our entire group was a lot of fun. Would absolutely recommend this tour to anybody. If you’re in the Banff area for a short time, or want to make the most of a single day trip, this is for you.
Jeremy_B, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Banff

star-5
Excellent narration for a beautiful drive.
James_L, Jul 2022
Icefields Parkway: a Smartphone Audio Driving Tour
Excellent product. Interesting topics, good historical and geographical information, and made the drive more enjoyable. We liked the multiple choice questions and it made the listening more interactive. Great use of GPS to trigger the narration at different locations. Very worthwhile and a great value for the price.
star-5
A must do when in Banff
laura_c, Jul 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
Would highly recommend this tour, it has been my favourite day out in Canada so far. Thankyou for a great tour of all the best spots in Banff.
star-5
Beautiful Banff
Sharon_M, Jul 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
Absolutely stunning sights of Banff on this tour. Rob, the driver, exceeded our expectations by including a couple extra stops. He clearly explained everything we were seeing and answered questions. We saw deer, elk, mountain sheep and a bear during the day from the van. We had enough time at each stop to enjoy the experience. We highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Fun day trip
Trina_R, Jun 2022
Banff & The Icefields Parkway | Small Group Active Full Day Adventure Tour
Had fun in this tour. Tia our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable about the area and gave us a lot of information on the trip. The time at each site was quick but it was enough to see main sites in just one day.. and our guide was flexible to see if we needed more time to stay.
star-5
Amazing! Fantastic!
Barbie_W, Jul 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
We had a wonderful day with Rob as our tour guide. He was knowledgeable and friendly. We saw Two Jack Lake, Lake Minnewanka, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Crowfoot Glacier, Bow Glacier and Bow Lake. The views were incredible. Out of 1 - 10, I’d rate Moraine Lake and Peyto Lake twelves and the rest 10s. Our pictures are awesome! And we were able to see elk, sheep and a bear, too! A great experience!
star-5
Great day trip!
pathuskies, Jun 2022
Icefields Parkway: a Smartphone Audio Driving Tour
The animal life and the awesome views. The gave us what to expect and some context with the history.
star-5
Worth the money!!
Nancy_B, Jun 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
Fantastic tour hosted by a dynamic father and son duo! The sights were beautiful and easily accessible from the bus. 10/10 would recommend!!
star-5
Love all the lakes
Mackenzie_B, Mar 2022
Banff & The Icefields Parkway | Small Group Active Full Day Adventure Tour
We had a great time with our guide, Dale. We were able to see a ton of sights in the 8 hours, and even beat the crowds to Lake Louise. Loved it overall, highly recommend
star-5
Wonderful day in Banff
Michael_K, Jun 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
Rob gave good insight into the attractions. We visited major and less known sights. Very thoughtful of everyone’s abilities to traverse the hiking paths. Also made sure we had enough time to eat lunch since it was an all day tour. Direct pick-up from our Canmore hotel was a plus!
star-5
Must do!
Kathryn_B, Jun 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
This was a local family run tour and the father and son that run the tour were amazing. Funny and personable and made it feel like a home away from home. We saw the best sites, the most amazing views and were looked after the whole way. You should definitely book this if you're in town.
star-5
Highly recommend
Lorna_T, Jun 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
Very experienced guide. Great way to see the area. Rob was informative and we had plenty of time to take photos and ask questions. We couldn't visit Moraine lake as it wasn't safe to travel there at the time, but the trip was adapted and we weren't disappointed. Would highly recommend.
star-5
Robby was an awesome tour...
Sonia_P, Jun 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
Robby was an awesome tour guide! He adjusted our tour to please everyone in our large family of nine!
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • If you’re up for a long but memorable ride, note that bicycles are permitted on the Icefields Parkway.

  • In winter, the Icefields Parkway can become icy and treacherous.

  • Fill up your tank before departing Jasper or Lake Louise. The lone gas station on the road is open only during the summer season.

  • There is no cellphone coverage along parts of the highway.

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How to Get There

The Icefields Parkway runs from Jasper to Lake Louise in Alberta. If you’re coming from Banff, take the Trans-Canada Highway 1 West and exit onto Highway 93 at Lake Louise.

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When to Get There

Avoid the Icefields Parkway in winter, when conditions can be hazardous and facilities along the route are closed. Summer months are the busiest period, though even then, the route is rarely congested.

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What to See Along the Icefields Parkway

The Icefields Parkway, which traverses parts of both Jasper and Banff National Parks, has tons of vistas and lookout points worth pulling over for. Among the many highlights are the Weeping Wall of Cirrus Mountain, where thin cascades trickle down like teardrops; the bright blue Peyto Lake; and the Columbia Icefield, after which the road is named. This colossal mass of ice and snow comprises several glaciers, and is the largest icefield south of the Arctic Circle. The Columbia Icefield Center offers the best views.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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