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Banff National Park

The Icefields Parkway

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The Icefields Parkway (Highway 93 North) joins the hamlet of Lake Louise in Banff National Park with the Town of Jasper in Jasper National Park. Give yourself a full day to travel one-way. It is one of the most scenic highways in the world. 

Location: Highway 93 North. Runs north-south between Lake Louise, Alberta (Hwy 1 Junction) and Jasper, Alberta (Hwy 16 Junction) for 232 km (144 miles)

Points of Interest | Things to Do | Safety and Special Considerations


Points of Interest (South to North)

Icefields Parkway Driving Guide (PDF, 11.3 MB)

The Icefields Parkway parallels the Continental Divide through some of the most wild and remote portions of Banff and Jasper national parks. It is a veritable feast of glaciated peaks, turquoise lakes, waterfalls and the spectacular Athabasca Glacier - part of the Columbia Icefield.


Things to Do


Safety

Winter on the Icefields Parkway (PDF, 375 KB)

Cell Coverage: There is no cell coverage on the Icefields Parkway.

Services (June-September only): one gas station, hotels, campgrounds, gifts and souvenirs, dry toilets, year-round wilderness hostels

Roads and Weather: From October through May there is no road maintenance from 3:30 pm to 7:00 am and no gasoline. Winter tires are required and the road may close without warning. Snow is infrequent but not unusual during the summer. Overnight temperatures near freezing are common year-round. Check the road report (511 Alberta) and weather forecast before departing.

Wildlife: If you stop to observe wildlife pull well out of the driving lane onto the shoulder and stay inside your vehicle. Please give large animals 30 m (100 feet) or three bus lengths, and bears 100 m (325 feet) or ten bus lengths

Overweight Vehicles: 

  • All recreational vehicles and buses are permitted on the Icefields Parkway. 
  • All other vehicles, including commercial vehicles and U-Hauls, must weigh less than 4550 kg (10,031 lbs) fully loaded. Check the TARE (empty weight) on your vehicle registration for guidance. 
  • Overweight commercial vehicles (greater than 4550 kg / 10,031 lbs) servicing businesses on the Icefields Parkway may obtain a permit in advance. Contact Realty Services for more information. 
  • All other overweight vehicles, including commercial moving trucks and transport trucks, are prohibited. Thank you for your patience and cooperation!

Map

Map of the Icefields Parkway (PDF, 1 MB)

Map of the Icefields Parkway