Statistically, driving is the most dangerous activity in the park

  • Obey posted speed limits: 90 km/hr max (56 mph) on major routes and 60 km/hr max (37 mph) on secondary roads.
  • Make allowances for other drivers, who may be in a hurry, lost, or distracted by the scenery.
  • Be prepared for a variety of conditions; it may snow in summer at higher elevations.
  • Slow down in bad weather or stop somewhere safe and wait it out.
  • Watch out for cyclists. They may be difficult to see, especially from an RV. Do not drive on the road shoulder.
  • Watch out for wildlife.

Driving in winter conditions takes extra care

  • Slow down if the road is snow-covered or if visibility is poor.
  • Watch out for black ice, especially on bridges and near water.
  • The use of cruise control is not recommended.
  • Your vehicle must have snow tires or chains when you are driving on the Icefields Parkway or Marmot Road from November 1 to April 1.
  • It is a good idea to equip your car with a shovel, flashlight, blanket, food and extra warm clothing.
  • Cell phone reception outside of townsites is unreliable.

A great trip starts with good planning

  • For the most up-to-date road information, check www.511.alberta.ca or dial 511 (in Alberta only).
  • For the most up-to-date road information on the British Columbia side of the park, check www.drivebc.ca or dial 1-800-550-4997. 
  • Give yourself extra time to reach your destination. Plan for your own comfort by taking along water and some snacks.
  • If possible, plan your travel for early in the day or in the evening.
  • It is a also good idea to check the latest road construction conditions to ensure you don’t miss your flight, bus, or train.