Get Inspired / Canada & Alaska / Canada A Trip Up the Icefields Parkway, Canada Tom Ricketts Tom Ricketts Tom Ricketts Tom Ricketts Tom Ricketts Tom Ricketts Tom Ricketts Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Canada & Alaska / Canada A Trip Up the Icefields Parkway, Canada story by: House of Travel Specialist You’ve no doubt seen pictures of the beautiful Canadian Rockies on any Canada calendar or tourism piece. Thankfully, they are absolutely as beautiful as the pictures would have you believe and no visit to Canada is complete without a trip up the Icefields Parkway. Just an hour from Calgary Airport is the alpine resort town of Banff. Amazingly, the road here is four lanes and you find yourself in the middle of the Rocky Mountains without having crossed any mountain passes. Banff is a beautiful town and will instantly remind you of Queenstown, minus the lake. Easily the centre of tourism in the area, Banff is home to many touristy shops, restaurants and bars. If you’re here in winter, you’re most likely here to ski and there’s three ski fields within a short driving distance from the town. The town really comes alive in summer though, with a lot more activities and tours to choose from. Top of everybody’s list is wildlife and you won’t be disappointed. Everything from deer, elk, caribou, moose and even bears are regularly seen roaming around the village. Heading further into the National Park you come to the stunning Lake Louise. The stunning contrast of aqua blue water against the grey stone of the Rockies is a photographer’s delight. You feel incredibly small as you stare up at the Victoria Glacier hanging precariously above the lake. Situated on the shores of the lake is the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, a monstrosity of a hotel that should never have never been allowed to be built, but it does have beautiful rooms with unbeatable views. The next journey takes you through the park from Lake Louise to the small town of Jasper. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife as you travel deep through the park. Mid way along the road is the Athabasca Glacier. You can stop off here and do a quick tour up onto the glacier on huge vehicles that resemble buses with the wheels of a Tonka Truck. Eventually you arrive at the northern end of the parkway in the small town of Jasper. Jasper is not as touristy as Banff (think Wanaka vs Queenstown) but still has plenty to offer such as wildlife tours, lake cruises and skiing. Jasper is also a terminus for the Rocky Mountaineer train journey through to Vancouver, a wonderful way to cap off your visit to the Great Canadian Rockies. By House of Travel Specialist: Tom Ricketts Click here for Cheap Flights to the USA and Canada or HOT Canada Holiday Deals Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street CBD: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist 17 hotel hacks for 2017 Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.