Driving the Icefields Parkway between Lake Louise and Jasper will reward you with gorgeous scenic views of lakes, waterfalls, icefields, and even a couple of glaciers. Here’s our list of what to see on the Icefields Parkway:
Crowfoot Glacier Viewpoint: About half an hour away from Lake Louise is the first stop on the list, Crowfoot Glacier. This half-mile chunk of ice was named for its distinctive shape, although accelerated melting from climate change has altered its form considerably. Crowfoot Glacier feeds into Bow Lake, which has a viewpoint about a mile down the road.
Mistaya Canyon: If you’re itching to get out of the car and stretch your legs for a bit, we recommend a quick hike down to Mistaya Canyon. It’s a short and easy trail suitable for any experience level, and you’ll be rewarded with the sight of the Mistaya River rushing through the canyon at the end of the trail.
Big Bend: Big Bend is a massive curve about halfway through the Icefields Parkway. Although you’ll be able to see terrific views of the rest of your route from the car, we recommend pulling into the viewpoint so you can enjoy the sights properly.
Athabasca Falls: As you get closer to Jasper, make sure to stop and check out Athabasca Falls. One of the most impressive and photogenic waterfalls in Alberta, Athabasca Falls is also one of the few stops on the parkway that’s just as gorgeous during the winter as the water freezes over.
Mount Edith Cavell: Located just outside of Jasper, Mount Edith Cavell is one of Alberta’s best-kept secrets. From the parking lot at the foot of the mountain, you can access trails that take you to a few different gorgeous viewpoints, including one of an enormous glacier and an active avalanche zone.
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