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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
$143.33 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Fantastic day touring BANFF with Viator tours.
We thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the lakes and natural bridge. Our guide (Robert) was very friendly and knowledgeable about the history of BANFF.
Michelle_G, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Banff

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Fantastic day touring BANFF with Viator tours.
Michelle_G, May 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
We thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the lakes and natural bridge. Our guide (Robert) was very friendly and knowledgeable about the history of BANFF.
star-5
A great tour by an expert guide.
Stephen_W, May 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
Rob gave us a superb tour. His expert knowledge was invaluable and we were lucky enough to see a grizzly and a black bear as well as deer and big horn sheep. The scenery was beyond spectacular and he took us to some well chosen viewing points, which were great for capturing some great photos.
star-5
Fantastic view and great...
Taeyeon_K, May 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
Fantastic view and great spots for pictures. Luckily we saw a black bear and some wild animals!!!! Highly 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
Really nice experience!
Katherine_D, May 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
Robbie is a nice tour guide. He took us to amazing places and we could enjoy the whole day. We also spot some wildlife. I definitely would recommend this tour.
star-5
Unforgettable
Steve_C, May 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
Such unique sights. The natural bridge and Emerald lake were incredible. Rob our guide was very knowledgable and thorough, he made the effort to takes us places that suited the time of year since many of the lakes were frozen.
star-5
Good addition to the drive
John_B, Sep 2021
Icefields Parkway: a Smartphone Audio Driving Tour
We enjoyed the suggestions for places to stop & information. The drive of course was incredible too. Trivia was a fun touch. Will look for more tours in the future. For the price you can't go wrong.
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Recommended
Rod_M, Jul 2021
Icefields Parkway: a Smartphone Audio Driving Tour
Well worth the $6. Covered all the main sites and a great selection of the lesser known. The GPS matched the sites in an area with no cell coverage, and tour works travelling either direction.
star-5
Great trip
heather_b, Apr 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
Great full day to beautiful parts of the National Park. Very helpful guide. Really enjoyed this tour.
star-5
Perfect Trip
Hongyeol_C, Mar 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
It was first time trip in Banff and it was a such great trip with gorgeous places. We did visit plenty of places during trip.
star-5
Despite the lakes all...
Elizabeth_H, Mar 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
Despite the lakes all being frozen over we had a great time! Very informative tour with an excellent tour guide!
star-5
Great winter experience in Banff
YokeKwan_C, Jan 2022
Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
Guide was experienced and took great care of the elderly parents on board with us. Would recommend for travellers coming on this tour to come with good hiking boots, cleats and trekking poles as the paths can be very snowy and slippery.

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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