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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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Stunning views

Stunning views after nice trail. Not ma y people. Quiet and easy going if you are in a good walking... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
swinkels2017
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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
One of the better stops

Great views, you are rewarded to explore further from the parking lot but watch your step as there... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Robert J
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Cincinnati
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Icefields Parkway 93, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 0C0, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Stunning views after nice trail. Not ma y people. Quiet and easy going if you are in a good walking condition.

Thank swinkels2017
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great views, you are rewarded to explore further from the parking lot but watch your step as there are some dropoffs from which you cannot recover

Thank Robert J
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Big lot on the side of the road with restrooms, started hiking around noon on October. Great weather, great people. The hike is easy, although they're switchbacks after switchback with about 1000ft elevation gain. You will be rewarded with a view of the Saskatchewan Glacier...More

3  Thank er_katrina
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Banff area is well known for icefields, glaciers and trails. Make sure to visit Parker Ridge for the stunning views, flora and absolute silence.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Husband and I hiked the Parker Ridge Trail as a break from the drive. The trail is steep at the beginning, but manageable with switchbacks and places to rest. The view at the top is worth the trek - you can see the Saskatchewan glacier....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was one of my favorite out and back hikes. Lots of switch backs. The trail is rated easy, but we all thought it should be rated moderate for the incline (my family ages ranged from 9 to a very active 76 year old and...More

1  Thank Suzi M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Trail easy to follow to top of ridge. Cold on top so a coat / jumper is recommended. The view was worth the hike which was a challenge in parts.

Thank Plodder588
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This trail is worth the drive up the Icefields Parkway. The trail to the top is long, steep and rocky but totally worth it! The views of the glacier and valley are breathtaking. Make sure to bring a light weight coat (during summer) as the...More

Thank Victoria W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very strenuous hike but great view. I’m not sure I would’ve have hiked up if I’d known the Columbia Icefield was just down the road with a closer view. Do this if you have 3 hours and love a major uphill hike.

Thank Anne B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This hike accessible from the Icefield Parkway is well worth the time to do. It is located just south of the Columbia Icefield Center and north of Big Bend turn. The trail head is well marked and there is a paved parking lot with toilets....More

5  Thank massam3
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Flyguyngirl
2 August 2018|
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Response from Kristie G | Reviewed this property |
I would think you would need to rent a car and drive the Icefields Parkway. Or you may be able to call around to different tour companies to see if anyone would take you there. But it's an easy drive to do yourself.
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Flyguyngirl
2 August 2018|
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Response from er_katrina | Reviewed this property |
Renting a car will be the best option, the drive from Banff to the little town of Jasper is very scenic. You can stop on plenty of viewpoints. Download the Icefields Parkway Gypsy Tour, this will you give all of the possible... More
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flying2011
24 May 2018|
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Response from Henri B | Reviewed this property |
There will be snow there most likely. Our most recent trip was early June. You should have a great time, but expect the trail to be covered with snow, and plan accordingly.
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