The Icefields Parkway
You couldn’t do this drive often enough to be anything but awed by it. As you drift past the silent majesty of millennia-old glaciers, millions of tons of age-old ice draped over the looming, ancient peaks, you may as well leave your jaw on the dashboard, because around the next bend it’ll just land there again. Easily and without a doubt the most dramatic stretch of highway in the province, if not the entire country.
The Icefields Parkway offers a plethora of points of interest with opportunities to see lakes, mountains, view points, waterfalls and wildlife between Jasper National Park and Banff National Park.
Icefields Parkway Points of Interest – Click to view or download the Icefields Parkway Travel Guide
The Mount Robson Inn in Jasper and sister hotel, the Mountaineer Lodge in Lake Louise offer specials and packages for you to book end your Icefields Parkway experience at our hotels in the Canadian Rockies.
Maligne Lake Road
A gorgeous wildlife-filled 48 kilometres from the town of Jasper, Alberta is Maligne Lake Road. This paved route up the Maligne Valley is open year round and ends at Maligne Lake with a view of iconic Spirit Island.
Maligne Lake is only one of the many outstanding natural features in the Maligne Valley. Plan to spend at least a day exploring this valley. There is no road or trail access to Spirit Island. Commercial tour boats and private or rented, non-motorized craft are the only means of reaching the island. When you stop at the Maligne Canyon, try to make time to walk the upper trail loop at least. You won’t get the full effect of the canyon from the first bridge alone. Take extra clothing; the difference in elevation can make it much cooler at the lake.
Viewing Wildlife from the Road
Opportunities to see elk, moose, goats, sheep, bears and caribou along the Icefields Parkway and Maligne Lake Road are excellent. Remember that watching wildlife, especially beside the road, comes with responsibility. For your protection and their survival, please:
- 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 also.