Few drives match the beauty and majesty of the Icefields Parkway Canada. Ranked as one of the most scenic drives in the entire world by a number of popular publications, the Icefields Parkway takes you from Lake Louise to Jasper, winding through two national parks, jagged mountains, pine forest, turquoise lakes, glaciers, and beautiful rivers. There are dozens of scenic points to stop and admire, as well as dozens of hikes that could take you anywhere from an afternoon to complete or a couple of weeks if you just want to get lost. This is the wilderness after all. Sure, this area attracts a lot of tourists, but for anyone who wants to get off the beaten track, there’s plenty of opportunities for that too – as long as you’re prepared for the wild country and the animals that live there, which includes wolves, cougars, and bears.
The drive takes approximately three hours to get to Jasper, but you’ll want to double that to take full advantage of the beauty surrounding you. If you’re coming from Banff, it will take around four hours to get from Banff to Jasper and only three hours to the Columbia Icefields. [Read more…] about Tips for Driving the Icefields Parkway from Lake Louise to Jasper