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Parker Ridge Trail

Icefields Parkway 93, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 0C0, Canada
+1 403-762-1550
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Short hike to a beautiful view.

This is a short hike off the Icefields Parkway we did as a break between the Banff to Jasper drive... read more

Reviewed 3 January 2018
Sarah W
Top of the world feeling

Since this is a highly rated attraction, I made this as a 'must do' on my Rockies trip. On the way... read more

Reviewed 26 October 2017
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Icefields Parkway 93, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 0C0, Canada
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Reviewed 3 January 2018

This is a short hike off the Icefields Parkway we did as a break between the Banff to Jasper drive. Pleasant walk to stretch your legs, and you get a beautiful view of the parkway and several glaciers from the plateau at the top.

2  Thank Sarah W
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Reviewed 26 October 2017

Since this is a highly rated attraction, I made this as a 'must do' on my Rockies trip. On the way from Banff to Jasper, it snowed quite heavily so while I had a beautiful snow-covered view of the Icefields Parkway, hikes were off. Fortunately,...More

1  Thank catesoo
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Reviewed 20 October 2017

The Parker Ridge trail is easily accessible from the Icefields Parkway, and a moderate climb. I didn't spend a lot of time getting to the top, but the ridge views are well worth pulling over for. Do it!

1  Thank Laura N
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Reviewed 16 October 2017

We hiked the Parker Ridge Trail with my wife last September. Beautiful trail, beautiful view and the reward to be able to observe the glacier is really unique! We didn't know which trail to hike around the Colombia Ice field and it turns out to...More

1  Thank Tommy-Nature-Guide
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Reviewed 11 October 2017

This had to be one of the highlights on our three week family vacation out west. Our family of five ( 10,12,14,43,50) made it up and back down in well under two hours. The view at the top is absolutely why you came to Western...More

3  Thank Lori034
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Reviewed 10 October 2017 via mobile

The climb was short and not too difficult. It had snowed when we were here, so it took us a bit of time to make it up here. The wind was brutal above the tree line yet it was absolutely amazing. Really a must hike...More

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Reviewed 6 October 2017

The Parker Ridge Trail was a nice straightforward hike and did offer a great view of the Saskatchewan Glacier in the end stretch. it took us about 2.5 hours and the trail has great spots to relax and make it sort of like a picnic...More

1  Thank Chaitanya S
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Reviewed 5 October 2017

Beautiful, breathtaking !! Go slow to avoid a speed violation ( 100 instead of 90 and 205 CAD fine) no mercy

2  Thank gokeAntwerp
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Reviewed 5 October 2017

Amazing, relatively easy hike to a ridgeline overlooking the Columbia Icefields. The view of Saskatchewan glacier and the surrounding mountains was jaw-dropping... Definitely be prepared for whipping winds and even snow as you get to the top! Was definitely a highlight during our 10 day...More

1  Thank jaimesteffen24
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Reviewed 1 October 2017

We nearly didn't do this trail but we met another couple who had done it and they couldn't recommend it enough. It had snowed overnight so this made the climb extra beautiful but also a little slippy and muddy in places. The views at the...More

1  Thank lolly888
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Butt0n28
10 February 2018|
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Response from Nemo1921 | Reviewed this property |
Hi - I would end of May would be safe as far as snow goes, but you'd have to keep an eye on the weather before you get there. It would make sense to check in with park officials in the days before you travel. Hope your... More
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laurie6174
30 January 2018|
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Response from Chaitanya S | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Some of the lakes would be easily accessible - Lake Louise, Lake Moraine, Peyto Lake viewpoint would be a great place to go as they have a closer parking spot to the top. Another good lake spot is Vermillion Lake (for... More
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