Icefields Parkway
Icefields Parkway
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  • Tavis444
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the most beautiful places in the world: Lake Louise, Canada.
    Exquisitely turquoise Lake Louise with the mountains behind is one of the most beautiful places on earth. You can take a hike around the lake, and have dinner at Château Lake Louise. It was one of the most memorable vacations we have ever taken short of the Himalayas in Nepal.
    Visited August 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 July 2023
  • TennisStar602
    New Jersey659 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I drove almost this entire road except for the last eleven (11) miles. The views were out of a movie.
    Nearly all of the significant attractions of Banff National Park and Jasper National Park were off of the Icefields Parkway. In order to take a drive on this road, individuals had to purchase a cheap park pass for access. Both national parks were covered under the park pass. The money spent to ride this road was definitely worth the cost. I almost drove the entire road from Lake Louise to Jasper, but I had to avoid the last eleven (11) miles insofar as I needed to make my reservation at the Columbia Icefield! While this road was very long and time-consuming, I would definitely encourage people to take their time with the drives. The scenery could only be described as breathtaking, so I made many stops, and I took many small hikes.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 13 July 2023
  • ldgp14
    Walsall, United Kingdom3,248 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unbelievable road
    The Icefields Parkway is quite simply one of the best drives in the world, the views on the drive are stunning. We started at Lake Louise at spent 2 days on the road stopping off at Crowsfoot Glacier, Bow Lake, Peyto Lake, Waterfowl Lakes, Mistaya Canyon on the way through to our overnight at Rampart Creek Campground. Day 2 we took in the Weeping Wall, The Big Bend, Columbia Icefields, Goats & Glacier View and Athabasca Falls before arriving in Jasper. Everyone should experience this road at least once in their lifetime!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 August 2023
  • tinaNtravel
    San Jose, California1,973 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lot to stop off and see
    This is a road between Lake Louise and Jasper. We were on a tour and the bus went as far as Peyto Lake. It is well worth the drive as there is a lot to see even in the smaller stretch that we were on. The bus stopped at Crowfoot Glacier, Bow Lake and Peyto Lake, all very much worth seeing.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 September 2023
  • Steve R
    Bolton, United Kingdom529 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the most stunning drives in the world, not to be missed
    One of the most stunningly beautiful drives you could ever do. This trip is not to be rushed and if you can split it over three days that's ideal. It's a half day drive south to north but you will be stopping time after time to soak in the serenity and breathtaking views. Their are many places to park and go for short walks or hikes through the surrounding countryside each of which is more amazing than the last. The views are some of the most beautiful of any on the planet,  you will be left open-jawed and saying WOW at every turn. Picture this - the most beautiful countryside with an opaque turquoise glacial river winding through it, then add the ominous backdrop of jagged peaks and mountain top glaciers. You will never forget this route,  it's so beautiful that your time here will be a truly emotional experience.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 October 2023
  • Phil N
    Cootamundra, Australia294 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A truly memorable trip with scenery second to none.
    We travelled along the Icefields Parkway with an organised trip with Brewsters buses. The trip included a walk on the Athabasca Glacier and lunch at the Altitude restaurant. Scenery was out of this world. Overall an experience to recommend to all our friends.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 11 October 2023
  • RothburyLady
    Rothbury, United Kingdom161 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sad to see the demise of a mighty glacier
    An astonishing natural feature that is fading fast. The informative signage was quite sobering showing the fast retreat of this once magnificent glacier. You can park quite close to the face of the glacier and walk to get great views, even though some of it is covered in dirt at the sides which isn't immediately obvious. Afterwards, go to the Chalet for a hot chocolate and a warming home made soup. For a captive audience, these cooks put on tasty food and good value too.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 October 2023
  • CdnMink
    Manitoba, Canada144 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rugged beauty
    This was the 3rd time for us on the parkway, the first in 8 yrs. Besides some interesting waysides we enjoyed Athabasca and Sunwapta Falls, Athabasca Glacier, and Peyto Lookout in the day long drive through the parkway. You never tire of the raw beauty and it was noticeable how much the glacier had melted back in 8 yrs. This is a must see for nature lovers if anywhere near this area. I do look forward to a return visit in the future. It was amazing how many people were visiting in mid Sept, it felt like summer! The scenery is awesome with countless photographic opportunities.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 October 2023
  • luv4phood
    Marietta, Georgia827 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Scenic drive through the rockies
    This is a really beautiful drive through the Canadian Rockies. However, every viewpoint along the way is very crowded with visitors, even in September. There are lots of places to stop along the parkway to enjoy a quick view of a waterfall or a glacier. I would recommend picking one hike that allows one to get away from the crowded lookout points.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 November 2023
  • kinnari p
    Apex, North Carolina2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Had a wonderful time with Logan
    Had a wonderful trip to the Icefields with a phenomenal driver named Logan who was friendly and informative. You can tell safety is a priority for them. The glacier was beautiful and there was plenty of space and time to get the pictures and a taste of glacier water.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 June 2024
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Alex H
Huddersfield, UK420 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Did this trip from Banff to Jasper (also as part of a transfer with luggage) with Brewster tours (specifically Brad and Sam) and I cannot speak highly enough of the experience.

Brad was both a fantastic driver and also an excellent and knowledgeable guide with a great sense of humour. Sam made sure we were all in the right place at the right time and added to the banter in a way only an Australian can. Great double act. They provided a hot drink stop and a separate cookies stop to just add to the experience.

Having just come from the Rocky Mountaineer, we did not think the scenery could match that experience - well boy were we wrong. The landscape in the motor coach literally seems to come to meet you and you feel so much more in touch with it.

The frequent stops also help make you feel as though you are having a different and altogether enhanced experience (and don’t get me wrong, the Mountaineer was fabulous, but if I could only do one or the other, then the Parkway shades it).

Felt 10 hours on a coach might be a bit much but a necessary evil to get from Banff to Jasper - so wrong, it was a tremendous experience that flew by.

Every stop was well timed both for breaking up the day, allowing comfort stops and seeing the most amazing waterfalls, lakes, Mountain View’s and wild life - we saw a black bear having breakfast within five feet of the coach allowing us to take leisurely photos and videos as though we simply were not there - amazing. Also got a chance to see deer, elk, eagles, big horn sheep - though obviously these cannot be guaranteed.

The lunch stop was excellent with a huge variety of well cooked food and salads to choose from. Time allowed was perfect and the selection, quantity and quality completely hit the spot.

The one disappointment of the trip was that the sky walkway was shrouded in snow and cloud when we visited before lunch and the views were rubbish - again Brewster tours cannot control nature, right?

The trip on the Athabasca glacier on the ice truck was truly memorable and a once in a lifetime experience. Fantastic.

And guess what? The weather had improved by this stage and as we drove back past the sky walk way Brad casually asked if we would like to try again. Thinking he was on a schedule and therefore joking we all said yes, only for hin to turn the bus into the parking lot for us to visit in near perfect conditions. How many tours would offer this level of customer care? Again, fabulous.

Brad and Sam always made sure we had the best routes to maximise the time at each stop and we never once felt as though we had been too long on the coach - which was very comfortable BTW.

This trip was definitely one of the outstanding highlights of a 20+ day tour of Canada where we have seen some truly amazing things and had some wonderful experiences.

Cannot speak highly enough of Brewster tours and Brad and Sam in particular. Thanks guys for making memories that will last a lifetime.
Written 18 June 2024
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shirley o
Grays Thurrock, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
This was a new trip called Odyssey experience that they had just began in June at the icefield. Highly recommend this, Sebastian the guide was really knowledgeable and fun. This is a much smaller vehicle than the normal busses as it only holds around 6 people and the experience was fun from start to finish for the two hours. Have some fantastic photos on the glacier. Would highly recommend this, this is a bit more than going on the bigger busses but worth every penny.
Written 12 June 2024
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kinnari p
Apex, NC2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Had a wonderful trip to the Icefields with a phenomenal driver named Logan who was friendly and informative. You can tell safety is a priority for them. The glacier was beautiful and there was plenty of space and time to get the pictures and a taste of glacier water.
Written 12 June 2024
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Robbert L
Amsterdam, The Netherlands2,221 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
230 km of stunning views. End of April, so mixed weather and still a lot of snow but also relatively quiet. Magnificent. Take your time. Do not rush.
Written 28 April 2024
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Michelle N
Melbourne, Australia529 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Undoubtedly the most beautiful drive I have ever done. The Athabasca Falls, Sunwapta Falls and Peyto Lake were incredible. Even while frozen, everything was still so so beautiful
Written 9 April 2024
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luv4phood
Marietta, GA827 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This is a really beautiful drive through the Canadian Rockies. However, every viewpoint along the way is very crowded with visitors, even in September. There are lots of places to stop along the parkway to enjoy a quick view of a waterfall or a glacier. I would recommend picking one hike that allows one to get away from the crowded lookout points.
Written 17 November 2023
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SeniorTravelerTF
Fort Atkinson1,192 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The Parkway encompasses a lot, overviews, trails, pullouts, the ice centre, glaciers and tourist spots. As a whole it is an experience that should not be rushed. Take it as it comes, with a plan because there are so many stops and "distractions" that you may not see all you like if you don't plan.
Written 13 November 2023
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CdnMink
Manitoba, Canada144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
This was the 3rd time for us on the parkway, the first in 8 yrs. Besides some interesting waysides we enjoyed Athabasca and Sunwapta Falls, Athabasca Glacier, and Peyto Lookout in the day long drive through the parkway. You never tire of the raw beauty and it was noticeable how much the glacier had melted back in 8 yrs. This is a must see for nature lovers if anywhere near this area. I do look forward to a return visit in the future. It was amazing how many people were visiting in mid Sept, it felt like summer! The scenery is awesome with countless photographic opportunities.
Written 15 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

RothburyLady
Rothbury, UK161 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
An astonishing natural feature that is fading fast. The informative signage was quite sobering showing the fast retreat of this once magnificent glacier. You can park quite close to the face of the glacier and walk to get great views, even though some of it is covered in dirt at the sides which isn't immediately obvious.
Afterwards, go to the Chalet for a hot chocolate and a warming home made soup. For a captive audience, these cooks put on tasty food and good value too.
Written 13 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Phil N
Cootamundra, Australia294 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
We travelled along the Icefields Parkway with an organised trip with Brewsters buses. The trip included a walk on the Athabasca Glacier and lunch at the Altitude restaurant.
Scenery was out of this world.
Overall an experience to recommend to all our friends.
Written 11 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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