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A Summer Drive along the Icefields Parkway

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Take this beautiful scenic drive to Jasper National Park via the Icefields Parkway. Enjoy a leisurely day embracing the sweeping mountain ranges and the wildlife around every bend in the road. Please visit us at the Concierge Desk for tips and recommendations for your trip. As you embark please be cautious when encountering wildlife, stay at least three bus lengths away. Take it slowly while enjoying your surroundings!

This scenic leisurely road is the route to the Columbia Icefields and Jasper National Park. This road, first laid in the 1930's, also known as the 'Wonder Road' takes you through some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in our area.Keep your eyes open for Interpretive Exhibits and picturesque Picnic Sites on the way. Distance are noted in kilometres, commencing from the South.

Follow Spray Avenue from Fairmont Banff Springs to cross the bridge on to Banff Avenue. Once across the Bow River Bridge, take your first left turn on to Buffalo Street. On Buffalo Street, take your immediate right and turn on to Bear Street continuing straight on to Lynx Street. Lynx Street leads to the Trans Canada Highway 1 entrance. Drive this highway west towards Lake Louise. Just 2km past Lake Louise Exit you will see signs for Highway 93, the Icefields Parkway. 

0.8: ICEFIELDS PARKWAY EXHIBIT

3.3: HERBERT LAKE
This picturesque lake , located 6 km north of Lake Louise is easily missed you are not paying attention. Enjoy a lovely picnic surrounded by mountains and a crystal-clear lake before heading on your way.

17.0: HECTOR LAKE VIEWPOINT
This glacier fed lake is a definite must see on your drive. Get out to stretch your legs and marvel at the brilliant blue waters and snow capped peaks. You won't be disappointed.

33.1: CROWFOOT GLACIER VIEWPOINT
A large, receding glacier perched on the side of Crowfoot Mountain. The sub alpine meadows are dense with colourful flowers in season. The Helen Lake trail, a steep uphill to the expansive Alpine Meadows and one of the best floral displays in the Rockies is across the Highway from this stop. 

35.9: BOW LAKE AND NUM-TI-JAH LODGE
Bow Lake is the headwaters of the Bow River, which flows through Banff. Num-Ti-Jah- Lodge was built by hunting guide Jimmy Simpson in the 1920's and is the picturesque spot to stop for a snack or meal. The Bow Glacier Falls trail starts from behind the Lodge. 

40.7: BOW SUMMIT AND PEYTO LAKE VIEWPOINT
Bow Summit is the highest point in the Icefields Parkway and the second highest highway-accessible pass in Canada! Peyto (Pea-toe) Lake is regarded as the most beautifully coloured lake in the Rockies. A definite photo stop.

47.9: SNOWBIRD GLACIER VIEWPOINT

58.4: LOWER WATERFOWL LAKES VIEWPOINT
Welcome to the Mistaya Valley, home to some picturesque lakeside viewpoints and the Continental Divide. This is worth the stop.  

71.5: MISTAYA CANYON
A short (300m) trail to the limestone-slot Canyon. There are beautiful patterns in the stone from the action of water coursing through the canyon. A lovely picnic stop. 

77.0: THE CROSSING RESORT
A good spot to stop for lunch and/ or gas. 

90.8: MT. AMERY - MT. SASKATCHEWAN VIEWPOINT

 105.6:WEEPING WALL VIEWPOINT
This famous waterfalls is located on Cirrus Mountain and tumbles more than 330 ft in a series of waterfalls to form one giant one called Teardop.. 

112.7: NORTH SASKATCHEWAN VALLEY VIEWPOINT

113.2: PANTHER FALLS TRAIL
Banff' Park's highest waterfall; also a nice view of the Bridal Veil Falls. 

118.0: PARKER RIDGE TRAIL
A short (2.4km) uphill trail through the Alpine to an impressive viewpoint of the Saskatchewan Glacier. Flowers, glaciers and wildlife are prominent here. 

126.6: COLUMBIA ICEFIELDS CENTRE
The highlight of the trip. This is your chance to take an escorted trip onto the tongue of the Athabasca Glacier. Most visitors will take the Brewster Ice Explorer, a specially built Glacier Coach. Hiking Tours onto the Glacier can also be arranged. Solo travel onto the Glacier is not recommended due to the potentially hazardous conditions present with Glacier travel. Also from the Icefields Centre, frequent departures are available to The Glacier Sky Walk which offers incredible interpretive experience, leading up to the glass-floored observation platform 280 metres over glacier valleys and rushing waterfalls.

133.0: SUNWAPTA CANYON/ MT KITCHENER VIEWPOINT
This stop, along with Tangle Falls (134.2) and Stutfield Glacier (135.8), offers a true feel for the scale of the surrounding peaks and glaciers in the Icefield area. 

169.7: BUBBLING SPRINGS PICNIC AREA

175.7: SUNWAPTA FALLS JUNCTION

199.2: ATHABASCA FALLS/ HIGHWAY 93A JUNCTION
The Athabasca Falls drop into a narrow canyon and are one of the more powerful and awe-inspiring sets of falls in Jasper National Park. The parking lot is 400m detour off of the main highway. Highway 93A is the "back route" into Jasper. The road is rough and not our first recommendation for travel.