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Icefields Parkway Holidays

Explore the rugged beauty of Canada’s mountainous World Heritage Site on this spectacular journey through the heart of the Rockies.

The Icefields Parkway, a 232-kilometre highway that runs through the heart of the Canadian Rockies, passes some of Canada’s most spectacular scenery. The drive will take you through two national parks, where you’ll discover vast glaciers and mirror-like mountain lakes, surrounded by rugged peaks and sweeping valleys.

Various operators offer bus tours and day trips along this route, but you may prefer to hire a car so you can spend as long as you want admiring the stunning sights. You can even stop overnight at the campsites and hostels along the way. Make sure you’re well prepared – hiking boots, binoculars and a camera should not be forgotten.

Heading out from the town of Jasper, you’ll first travel through Jasper National Park, a World Heritage Site. Stop off at the thunderous Athabasca Falls or the Sunwapta Falls for amazing photo opportunities.

A few kilometres before the half-way point, you’ll reach the frozen landscape of the Columbia Icefield. Don’t miss the opportunity to tour the vast glaciers, including the 6-kilometre long Athabasca Glacier.

After you cross the boundary from Jasper National Park into Banff National Park, you’ll encounter the Saskatchewan River Crossing, where the North Saskatchewan, Howse and Mistaya rivers collide. This awe-inspiring location owes its name to the 19th-century fur traders who used this spot to cross the water on their journey to British Columbia.

Further along the Parkway, you’ll reach Bow Summit. At 2,088 metres above sea level, this is the highest point on this journey. It is also offers panoramic views across the pristine Peyto Lake. Over the summer, natural sediment washes into the water, giving the lake a beautiful turquoise hue.

Once you arrive at the end of the Parkway, make time to explore Banff and the surrounding area. Lake Louise is a stunning location for hiking and kayaking in the summer, or skiing and snowboarding in the winter.

Check the official website prior to setting out, as you may need permits to access the Parkway. Also, ensure that you have the most up-to-date weather forecast. Snow is common throughout the year, so you may require snow chains.


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Lake Louise Inn

Lake Louise Inn

210 Village Road, Lake Louise
3.4
of 5, from 1,084 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the Village of Lake Louise, this inn is within 4 km (less than 3 mi) from Lake Louise, skiing, hiking, and Samson Mall.

P4,948
Best Western Jasper Inn & Suites

Best Western Jasper Inn & Suites

98 Geikie Street, Jasper
3.7
of 5, from 343 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in a national park, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Jasper Activity Centre, Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives, and Jasper Municipal Library. Jasper Information Centre National Historic Site and Jasper Artists Guild are also within 1 mi (2 km).

P5,116
Marmot Lodge

Marmot Lodge

86 Connaught Drive, Jasper
4.0
of 5, from 538 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Marmot Lodge, nestled in the heart of Jasper National Park, is 2.5 miles from Lake Annette, and 3 miles from both Lac Beauvert and Lake Edith.

P5,306
Lobstick Lodge

Lobstick Lodge

94 Geikie St, Jasper
3.3
of 5, from 430 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Conveniently located near the ski slopes, this Jasper hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Jasper Activity Centre, Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives, and Jasper Municipal Library. Jasper Information Centre National Historic Site and Jasper Artists Guild are also within 1 mi (2 km).

P6,159
Mountaineer Lodge

Mountaineer Lodge

101 Village Road, Lake Louise
3.5
of 5, from 493 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Conveniently near skiing facilities, this Lake Louise hotel is located in the mountains, within 3 mi (5 km) of Lake Louise Mountain Resort and Lake Louise Gondola, and close to winter sports such as cross-country skiing and skiing lessons. Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse and Herbert Lake are also within 6 mi (10 km).

P4,720
Whistler's Inn

Whistler's Inn

105 Miette Ave, Jasper
3.6
of 5, from 298 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located near the slopes, this Jasper hotel is in the mountains and within 1 mi (2 km) of Jasper Artists Guild, Jasper Information Centre National Historic Site, and Jasper Municipal Library. Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives and Jasper Activity Centre are also within 15 minutes.

P5,156
Tonquin Inn

Tonquin Inn

100 Juniper Street, Jasper
3.3
of 5, from 396 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located near the slopes, this Jasper hotel is in the mountains and within 1 mi (2 km) of Jasper Activity Centre, Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives, and Jasper Municipal Library. Jasper Information Centre National Historic Site and Jasper Artists Guild are also within 1 mi (2 km).

P5,844
Sawridge Inn Jasper

Sawridge Inn Jasper

76 Connaught Dr, Jasper
4.1
of 5, from 469 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located near the slopes, this Jasper hotel is in the mountains and within 1 mi (2 km) of Jasper Activity Centre, Jasper Information Centre National Historic Site, and Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives. Jasper Municipal Library and Jasper Artists Guild are also within 1 mi (2 km).