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View South Down The Icefields Parkway

19 Unmissable Stops on the Columbia Icefields Parkway

The Columbia Icefields Parkway stretches for 232 km between Lake Louise and Jasper, Alberta. It's one of the prettiest drives in Canada - and indeed the world. While you can knock it off comfortably in three to four hours, that doesn't allow for any stops. At a minimum, take the day to drive the parkway - but if you've got a week, then you'll have time to get out and explore some of the gorgeous…

The Views Are Close To Instantaneous On The Parker Ridge Hike

The Parker Ridge Hike, Banff National Park

If you drive the Icefields Parkway you pass the turnoff for the Parker Ridge trail. It's an easy to moderate, truly gorgeous two to three hour family-friendly hike. People who want more can climb the ridge crest. And when you're finished you're just 10 minutes away from the Columbia Icefield.  What the Parker Ridge trail delivers Hike the Parker Ridge trail for gorgeous Rocky Mountain scenery over its entire length but especially for the big in…

Very Private Campsites At Jonas Creek If You're Prepared To Walk In

Everything You Need to Know About Camping on the Icefields Parkway

The Icefields Parkway, also known as Highway 93 North, runs from Lake Louise to Jasper for 232 spectacular kilometres passing through Banff and Jasper National Parks. With 11 campgrounds along the parkway, it's easy to slow down and explore the region. This post includes some affiliate links. If you make a qualifying purchase through one of these links, I may receive a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you. Here's what you need to…

Stunning Hikes To Do Along The Icefields Parkway

8 Stunning Hikes to do Along the Icefields Parkway

Not only is Alberta's Icefields Parkway a spectacular stretch of road to drive, it offers quick access to world-class hikes (and backpacking trips) with most trailheads immediately beside the highway. Over its 232 kilometres (the distance between Lake Louise and Jasper) there are roughly 30 hikes or backpacking trips you can do. All are in either Banff or Jasper National Park. Enjoy some of these eight stunning hikes along the Icefields Parkway. Most of them can be done…

Heading Up Towards Highwood Pass

4 of the Best Road Trips in Alberta

If you're looking for scenic road trips in Canada, head to Alberta. There's a huge range of landscapes to explore from the backroads of eastern Alberta with its endless fields of yellow canola swaying in the wind to the beauty of the hoodoos in Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park. Of course the grandest scenery of all is in the mountains, particularly along the Icefields Parkway.  Four road trips in Alberta described below showcase Alberta's diverse landscapes. Some…

You Feel Insignificant Beside The Athabasca Glacier

What You Can Do on a Stop at the Columbia Icefields

One spring weekend John and I drove from Lake Louise to Jasper on the Icefields Parkway or “the road through the clouds” as it was called by those who built it during the Great Depression. I've driven it many times but always in the summer. In the winter it's a drive you should only do when the conditions are right. And even though the calendar says spring, in late March it's still very much a winter…

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