Alberta’s Icefields Parkway Drive – If you love driving and keep exploring new places, trust me this going to be one of your best drives you will ever have. The park is located within the Rocky Mountains of Canada; its area is only 293 km (182 miles) and can easily be covered in one day. One the way, you’re going to have the time of your life, because there are many places which are so tempting that you will never forget in your entire life. Go there having all the in the world and explore these incredible must-see stops along the way.
The trip goes on a roll from Lake Louise in Banff National Park to northwards to Jasper National Park. I hope this will help you work things out when you are here. Lake Louise is expected to be pretty busy, so if you want to enjoy and see Louise with all of the crowds, visit as early as possible in the morning. While having fun on the Icefields Parkway, you surely want to make sure you spend enough time in Banff as there is so much to travel around and do. Now, I know deep inside you’re thinking that you are thinking that how many days I should spend here – Well, I think 5 days should be more than sufficient to do and see the Banff, rest is up to your budget. The most common things that you can do here are hiking, canoeing, and snowboarding if you’re there in winter. Set aside some time to see Canada’s most beautiful landscapes to explore Lake Louise, Banff, and Canmore as well.
Whenever you’re finished eating scrumptious food of the Banff, head south on the way to Banff gondola which is 2.5 Km from the town. But, you should visit the gondola before 12 PM to catch the view from the top (Free admission for kids).
Note: There may be some restrictions or changes because of COVID, check them too before visiting.
Searching for more fun? Take a helicopter visit to acquire a bird’s-eye view of the Banff National Park for 20 to 40 minutes which I’m certain will be your once-in-a-blue-moon insight.
Let us explore Lake Louise which is also located within Banff National Park. Lake Louise has been one of the most popular lakes in the country. Lake Louise offers you many adventure activities like sleigh rides, dog sledding, paddling and hiking, and more. Arrive early in the morning if you want to enjoy more as less crowd is expected at that time of the morning. In addition, an early visit helps you get a proper parking spot for your vehicle.
Then, you can take a short drive to the Hamlet of Lake Louise, where you will find the Lake Louise tourist center, accommodations, and a small mall. If you still want to spend some more at the Lake, you can stay there in a luxury hotel called Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
Bow lake is 30 minutes north of Lake Louise located on the Bow River. This lake is also very popular and has a total area of 3.21 km2. Try to time your drive when the sun is up to capture the most stunning display of the lake.
In case, you’re struggling to find the direction, this map can help you out:
Another spectacular viewpoint near Lake Louise. Mistayana Canyon was sculpted Mistaya River by the rushing water One this I’m sure of is that it’s a must-see place in Alberta, visiting here going to be worth the effort. Here you will find water bouncing along with the rocks! Absolutely beautiful. You won’t have much trouble reaching here as it does not involve much hiking and stuff like that. It is mostly going to be a downhill walk.
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Crowfoot Glacier is 30 MINUTES – 32 KM (21 MILES) away from Lake Louise and 32 min from Mistayana Canyon. Another incredible spot you will be seeing out of Lake Louise. The glacier is located on Crowfoot Mountain and can easily be viewed from the Icefields Parkway. There is an interesting fact about this glacier that it was originally named for its shape like 3 crow claws.