Extract from Wikipedia”The Icefields Parkway (French: Promenade des Glaciers), is a 230 km (140 mi) long scenic road that parallels the Continental Divide, traversing the rugged landscape of the Canadian Rockies, travelling through Banff National Park and Jasper National Park. It is named for features such as the Columbia Icefield, visible from the parkway. It links Lake Louise with Jasper to the north. At its southern end, the Icefields Parkway terminates at Highway 1. Highway 1 west leads to Yoho National Park in British Columbia and Highway 1 east to Lake Louise and the Town of Banff. A second parkway, the Bow Valley Parkway also links Lake Louise and the Town of Banff. Known as Highway 1A, this road parallels Highway 1 and, at the midpoint, passes the Castle Mountain junction where Highway 93 south, or the Banff-Windermere Highway, branches southwest into Kootenay National Park in British Columbia.
Our journey started at Banff and our first port of call was Lake Louise. The first striking sight is that of Chateau Lake Louise. A sort stroll from the bus parking bay takes you a very striking lake.
Depending on the available light the colour ranges from Aquamarine to cobalt blue. Regretfully we had insufficient time to explore the trails around the lake. Judging by the crowd it is a well loved site with many activities available. However we had to continue North to our next port of call Peyto Lake – via Bow Summit. The scenery on this part of the road trip kept getting better. As we climbed the views alternated between vast mountains looming over our coach to passing reflection lakes
From Peyto Lake we headed for the Athabasca Glacier and a walk on the ancient ice. However, we had a spot of lunch before that of the adventure.
The final segment of our Icefield Parkway tour was to Jasper via a Glacier Skywalk and the Athabasca Falls. The Skywalk was a test of one’s nerve. During the trip the weather varied from hot bright sunshine to cold rain at Athabasca Falls it became a downpour. If you visit the Rockies of Canada I highly recommend this coach tour from Banff to Jasper via Icefield Parkway.
Updated 24th August 2018 – Small video of Icefield Parkway trip Staring from Banff