Canada’s Most Beautiful Drive

Connecting Banff and Jasper National Parks, the Icefields Parkway is one of the world’s most spectacular drives. Named for the massive glaciers that sit atop the imposing Rocky Mountains, it’s a popular road-trip destination in the summer. Besides the spectacular views, stop in at the Columbia Icefields to enjoy a 4×4 ride onto a glacier itself. The bright coloured mineral water of Peyto and Moraine Lake amaze visitors every summer. Watch out for wildlife, go slow, and soak it all in.


Length of Trip : 2-7 days. Although it only takes about 5 hours to drive the 230km highway, you’ll want to spend time exploring Banff, Jasper, and sites like Moraine Lake, Peyto Lake, and the Columbia Icefields.

Cost : RV Rentals are available in Calagry, Edmonton, Vancouver, and other places.  Cost varies depending on RV, but range from $25 - $60 per night.

Best time to go : Summer

Wheelchair friendly : Yes

Family friendly : Yes

Where to eat : Banff: The Terrace Jasper:  Tekarra

Where to Stay :
Traveling by Car: The Fairmont Banff Springs is one of the country's most iconic properties, located against a backdrop of the spectacular snowcapped peaks of the Rockies. It's a short walk from the hotel to Banff Village, and the Willowstream Spa is outstanding.
As you make your way along the parkway, it's well worth spending a spend a night at the historic Simpson’s Num-Ti-Jah Lodge. It lies adjacent to a glacier lake and the old-world log charm of the rooms recalls another era.
Traveling by RV: Tunnel Mountain Campground

JASPER: Traveling by Car: The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is another of the region's iconic hotels, serving a gorgeous Stanley Thompson designed 18-hole golf course, and sumptuous views of Jasper. You can stay in hotel rooms or adjacent to the lake in the luxurious old world cabins.
Traveling by RV - Whispers Campground

Getting There : From Calgary:  Take the Trans-Canada to Banff From Edmonton: Head west on Highway 16 to Jasper National Park

Note from Robin : You might see bears, elk, moose and other wildlife.  If you are driving, Parks Canada offers the following tips: - remember to pull off the road completely or into provided roadside pull-offs; - never feed or approach wildlife, this is unlawful in national parks - don't get out of your vehicle (use a telephoto lens to get the 'perfect picture') - quickly continue along your way so that others may enjoy the opportunity



Moraine Lake


Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel


Cold Swim in a Glacier Lake


Watch out for the black water!


Side-car riding up Mount Edith Cavell


Enjoying the view of Kanaskis




Further Reading

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New 2017 Ford Escape

It’s a rare occasion when the name of a car aligns so perfectly with what I’ve used it for. Whether rocketing along the notorious Trans-Labrador Highway, or cruising among the mountainous candy of the Icefield Parkway, the Ford Escape has indeed lived up to its name. It has stood up to some pretty epic challenges, and that includes taking a 6-month baby on a 30-day cross-country book tour. Compact yet spacious, powerful yet fuel efficient, and loaded with features you’ll soon wonder how you did without, the Ford Escape more than lives up to its moniker. – Robin Esrock




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