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Icefields Parkway Tours

Every twist and turn of the spectacular 143-mile (230-kilometer) Icefields Parkway reveals cloud-piercing peaks, valley-carving glaciers, teal lakes, and dense forests. Running from Jasper to Lake Louise, this scenic Alberta drive offers stunning views of the Canadian Rockies, with lots of roadside lookouts and trailheads along the way. 

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 (also known by the generic name of Highway 93). 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.

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. 

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.

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.

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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Jasper to Banff One-Way Tour, Jasper, null
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Jasper to Banff One-Way Tour

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This one-way tour from Jasper to Banff is the ultimate way to experience the biggest and best the Canadian Rockies has to offer. Your journey to Banff will ...  Read more

Location: Jasper, Canada
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $200.92
Jasper to Lake Louise One-Way Tour, Jasper, Day Trips
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Jasper to Lake Louise One-Way Tour

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This one-way tour from Jasper to Lake Louise is the ultimate way to experience the biggest and best the Canadian Rockies has to offer! Your journey takes you ...  Read more

Location: Jasper, Canada
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $196.00
Icefields Parkway Sidecar Ride and Champagne Helicopter Flight, Jasper, Day Trips
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Icefields Parkway Sidecar Ride and Champagne Helicopter Flight

Explore a series of ice-age old glaciers that form the Icefields Parkway in a chauffeured sidecar ride. When traveled by motorcycle, the thrill is ...  Read more

Location: Jasper, Canada
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $1,002.01
Athabasca Glacier Full-Day Tour, Jasper, Helicopter Tours
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Athabasca Glacier Full-Day Tour

This full-day tour will have you venturing down the Icefields Parkway to the famous Columbia Ice Fields, rated by National Geographic as one of the most ...  Read more

Location: Jasper, Canada
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $175.73
Athabasca Glacier Snow Trip from Banff, Banff, Full-day Tours
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Athabasca Glacier Snow Trip from Banff

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Visit Canada's famous glaciers on a full-day seasonal excursion from Banff. Your personalized small group tour takes you through an awe-inspiring landscape ...  Read more

Location: Banff, Canada
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $205.02
Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Jasper, Jasper, Ski & Snow
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Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Jasper

4.5 star rating: Recommended 27 Reviews

Be captivated by the Columbia Icefields view Glacier-fed rivers and streams, majestic peaks, peaceful lakes and broad-reaching valleys combine to create not ...  Read more

Location: Jasper, Canada
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $168.93
Rockies Classic Summer Tour (4 days), Vancouver, Day Trips
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Rockies Classic Summer Tour (4 days)

This is our original and most popular tour; experience the best of the Rockies in just 4 days for an amazing price! The Rocky Mountains are world renowned for ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $442.84
Canadian Rockies 6-Glacier Helicopter Tour and Optional Hike, Alberta, Multi-day Tours
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Canadian Rockies 6-Glacier Helicopter Tour and Optional Hike

This 20-minute helicopter tour over the Canadian Rockies packs in a week's worth of adrenaline and world-class landscapes. Lift off to a panoramic view of ...  Read more

Location: Lake Louise, Canada
Duration: 20 minutes (approx.)

From USD $164.79
Canadian Rockies Epic Summit and Icefield Helicopter Tour, Alberta, Helicopter Tours
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Canadian Rockies Epic Summit and Icefield Helicopter Tour

Join this popular flight tour for 30 minutes of crevasses, glaciers and waterfalls over the beautiful Wilson Icefield. Flying in the Canadian Rockies does not ...  Read more

Location: Lake Louise, Canada
Duration: 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $273.53
5-Day Rocky Mountains Summer Premium Tour from Vancouver, Vancouver, Helicopter Tours
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5-Day Rocky Mountains Summer Premium Tour from Vancouver

This tour provides a unique and truly Canadian experience with overnight stays at the beautiful Mike Wiegele Cabins in Blue River, the boutique Brewster ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $791.37

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