and can very easily be combined with a trip on the Famous Rocky Mountaineer Train.
The Icefields Parkway (Highway 93), 143 miles long, is a scenic road specifically built with tourism in mind, crossing the rugged landscape of the Canadian Rockies. It connects the Banff and Lake Louise areas and Jasper, passing through both the Banff National Park and Jasper National Park. It was one of the many construction projects started in the Great Depression and finished in 1940. Commercial vehicles are denied access to it and there is a 55mph speed limit (some parts lower).
Apart from the marvellous contrasting scenery and wildlife to be enjoyed en route, most visitors make time to stop at the Columbia Icefield (nearer to Jasper), travelling up to the Athabasca Glacier in a large wheeled Snocoach.
This trip (including the Snocoach ride) can be included in many itineraries of the Rockies. A day excursion along the Icefield Parkway is a useful way of transferring between the Banff/Lake Louise areas and Jasper (or vice versa) without the need to double back, before continuing your holiday on the Rocky Mountaineer or elsewhere. The trip can also be easily incorporated into a Self-Drive Tour.
The Glacier Skywalk is Icefield Parkway’s newest attraction consisting of a glass floored observation platform extending 30 metres out over the Sunwapta Valley offering spectacular views.