“Hwy 93's beautiful & dramatic drive”
To travel the Icefields Parkway is to experience one of Canada's national treasures and most rewarding destinations. Stretching 232km (144mi.) through the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site, this world-class journey offers access to a vast wilderness of pristine mountain lakes, ancient glaciers and broad sweeping valleys. This special travel route winds its way through two national parks, boasting a unique and irreplaceable landscape rich in history and natural beauty second to none. Whether traveling by car, bus, bike, or on foot, this road trip of a lifetime offers the opportunity to see diverse wildlife, stop at majestic viewpoints and view interpretive displays. This is more that just traveling a mountain road; it's a journey of the self and a celebration of protected wilderness grandeur.
Beautiful scenic drive! There are so many stops along the way that make the trip go so fast. There is also a ton of wildlife along the way. I would suggest spending 2-3 days around banff, 1 day driving the Icefields, 1 day in Jasper, and 1 day driving back to the airport area you're flying through on the icefields parkway. Must stops- Mistaya Canyon, Takakkaw falls, Lake Louise, Athabasca Glacier, Peyto Lake. I went in early September and I never felt like the highway was "busy". Occasionally we would pull off to the side to let someone by but no one was ever in our way and for the most part we had the road to ourselves. We spent about 6 hours the first time down it and a little over 3 hours driving back towards Banff the second time.
One of the best scenic drives on the planet. Absolutely stunning!
Seriously blew my mind.. Around every corner there is another set of mountain peaks! Make sure you stop whenever you see a pull out cause there are no roads to turn off on! Take advantage of them!
Gorgeous. I stoped trying to take pictures because there was just too many beautiful places. My favorite stops were Mistaya canyon and Peyoto lake!
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