The Rockies At Their Peak: The Best Icefields Parkway Experience

The Rockies At Their Peak: The Best Icefields Parkway Experience

Happy goat in Jasper Alberta
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written by SunDog Transportation and Tour Co.

Are you ready for a journey through some of the most breathtaking natural wonders on the planet? Look no further than the Icefields Parkway, a 232 km (144 mi) stretch of highway that winds its way through the heart of the Canadian Rockies. With crystal-clear lakes, majestic glaciers, and towering mountains, the Icefields Parkway showcases the Rocky Mountains, and this unique part of our world, at its very best.

1. Highlights of the Icefields Parkway

As you explore the Icefields Parkway, you will witness an abundance of natural wonders and breathaking vistas.  These are major highlights:

  1. Jasper National Park: Start or end your journey in Jasper National Park, home to some of the most stunning natural scenery in the world. With its crystal-clear lakes, rugged mountains, and diverse wildlife, and small authentic town, Jasper is the true adventurer’s paradise.
  2. The Athabasca Glacier: Witness the raw power and beauty of the Athabasca Glacier, a massive glacier that stretches for miles. With its icy-blue hue and rugged terrain, it is truly a wonder of nature.
  3. The Columbia Icefields: Explore one of the largest icefields in North America, the Columbia Icefields. With its towering peaks and crystal-clear ice, it is a must-see for any adventurer.
  4. The Weeping Wall: Take in the beauty of the Weeping Wall, a stunning waterfall that cascades down a rock face. Try to hold back the tears of joy during your selfie.
  5. Bow Lake and the Crowfoot Glacier: Even locals stop here to marvel at the turquoise-blue waters of Bow Lake and the stunning Crowfoot Glacier which towers over the landscape.  It just never gets old.
  6. Lake Louise: Visit one of the most iconic lakes in the world, Lake Louise. Your friends will think that the emerald-green waters are photoshopped – in fact, your own eyes might think that the view is photoshopped.  It is truly a one of a kind, fairly tale lake that must be seen in person.
  7. Banff National Park: Start or end your your journey in Banff National Park, one of the most iconic national parks in the world. With its towering peaks, pristine lakes, diverse wildlife, and bustling town positioned perfectly in the centre, it is an adventure seeker’s hub and a view seeker’s dream.
The Icefields Parkway

2. The Best Way To Explore The Icefields Parkway

The views on the Icefields Parkway are so captivating, it should almost be illegal to drive yourself.

So, what’s the best to experience the Icefields Parkway? Enter SunDog’s Jasper to Lake Louise & Banff And Banff & Lake Louise To Jasper Icefield Parkway Tours!

SunDog has developed the perfect way to soak in all the beauty of the Icefields parkway from the comfort of a tour bus. A knowledgeable local guide will lead you on a fantastic journey through the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Each day trip takes 10 hours, and includes stops at all the landmark locations with explanations of the surroundings, plus anecdotal stories from our amazing guides that only the fortunate get to hear. SunDog operates two Icefield Parkway tours – one from Jasper to Lake Louise & Banff, and one in the reverse direction from Banff & Lake Louise to Jasper. The tours are 1 directional, so many guests choose to spend a day or two in their end location, and return to their starting point by taking the tour in the reverse direction. One of the great things about the Icefields Parkway is that it is truly a different experience depending on the way in which you are travelling.

To experience the majesty of the Icefields Parkway, in comfort and style and with your full devoted attention, we recommend booking a SunDog Tour. Our Icefields Parkway Tours will take you on a journey through the heart of the Canadian Rockies, allowing you to experience the beauty of the Icefields Parkway without having to worry about driving.

Our knowledgeable guides will take you to all the best spots, including Jasper National Park, the Athabasca Glacier, the Columbia Icefields, the Weeping Wall, Bow Lake and the Crowfoot Glacier, Lake Louise, and Banff National Park. You can sit back, relax, and keep your eyes off the road and on the breathtaking scenery.

Jasper Lake Louise Banff tour
A beautiful, bluebird day on the Columbia Icefield Parkway.

3. FAQ

Q: How long is the Icefields Parkway Tour? A: The tour is approximately 10 hours long, with stops along the way.

Q: Is food provided on the tour? A: Yes, a picnic lunch is included. Guests have a choice of 6 different sandwich options plus drinks, snacks, fruit and yummy brownies are also provided.

Q: Are there any age restrictions for the tour? A: There are no age restrictions, but children under 6 years old must be in a car seat.

A tour group walks across the snow from their glacier tour transportation bus as they explore the Athabasca Glacier with SunDog Tours in Jasper National Park and Banff National Park.
Athabasca Glacier Experience

4. Conclusion

Embark on a journey of a lifetime with SunDog Tour’s Icefields Parkway Tours. Experience the raw beauty of the Canadian Rockies, immerse yourself in its rich history, and visit some of the most iconic sightseeing spots on the Icefields Parkway. Create unforgettable memories and book your tour today with SunDog Tours.

The Turquoise Waters of Lake Louise