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
ENJOYING THE VIEW OF KANASKIS
FAIRMONT BANFF SPRINGS HOTEL
COLD SWIM IN A GLACIER LAKE
WATCH OUT FOR THE BLACK WATER!