The Icefields Parkway is one of the most scenic highways in the world! It is located in Alberta, Canada spanning 233 km from the small town of Lake Louise to Jasper. These must stop destinations are easily accessible and worth every detour along your way!
This small lake is the first stop after entering the the park. If the weather is right it`s the perfect place to launch the canoe or paddle board, take a dip, or just hang out for a bit and soak up the scenery. There’s even a diving board at one end of the lake!
The Icefields Parkway runs right beside this beautiful glacier fed lake. On the north end is a small lodge but there’s also a parking spot along the highway where you can pull off to admire the views.
Peyto Lake is just 30 minutes North of Lake Louise and famous for it`s beautiful deep blue color and the unmistakable ‘wolf’ shape that you can see from the viewpoint. The parking lot is well marked but can get quite busy during the evenings and weekends. There is a paved pathway that leads to the viewpoint from the parking lot that is less than a kilometer long.
You don`t want to miss Mistaya Canyon! It is the only canyon along the Icefields Parkway and is a very unique sight to see. The main bridge overlooking the canyon is only about 500 meters from the parking lot. There are trails along both sides where you can peek over the sides if your brave enough!
Weeping Wall, Cirrus Mountain
If your driving along the Icefields Parkway in the early summer then the Weeping Wall is a great stop to stretch the legs. By late summer the water flow has decreased and the Weeping Wall isn’t quit as impressive; but still worth a visit. This stop is unmarked so keep an eye on the East side of the road because you will be able to see the wall clearly from your vehicle. Once you see it, park in the small lot on the West side of the road.
Panther Falls & Bridal Veil Falls
Both Panther Falls and Bridal Veil Falls can be viewed from a small parking lot along the Icefields Parkway. Again; you won`t find a sign but you can see the falls on the East side of the highway as your driving.
Columbia Icefields Skywalk & Glacier Tour
The Athabasca Glacier is the only glacier along the Icefields Parkway that you are able to take a tour of. Even though the tour is expensive; the information, views, and history are well worth it! The glass floor Skywalk is a fun experience to add on that offers exceptional views. Click here for the hourly rates & fees. There are also bundles that combine other adventures like the Banff Gondola or the Lake Minnewaka Cruise.
Tangle Falls is right along the East side of the highway. The parking lot is on the opposite side of the highway so make sure to watch for traffic as your crossing the road. These falls are definitely worth a quick stop as they are beautiful!
The Sunwapta Falls are a short 3.1 km out and back trail that leads to a stunning viewpoint. The parking lot is located just off the highway. There is a lodge/resort along the highway that can get really crowded at times so try to make this stop during the early morning or late in the evening.
Athabasca Falls is located just off the Icefields Parkway Highway along the 93A Highway. Bonus.. the falls are only 0.8 kilometers from the parking lot! Like Sunwapta Falls, this is a very popular stop along the Icefields Parkway so its better to visit in the early morning or late in the evening.
Valley of the Five Lakes
The Valley of Five Lakes is an 8.2 km loop that is located 15 min South of Jasper. It is a very popular and easy hike that only gets steep in a few sections. The lakes are stunning so if you have the time, it is absolutely worth while!