The Icefields Parkway (French Promenade des Glaciers ) is a 230- kilometer section of Highway 93 The Parkway is one of the most beautiful highways in the world and through the mountain scenery of the Canadian Rocky Mountains between Lake Louise and Jasper. One of the main attractions along the route that leads completely through parts of the national parks of Banff and Jasper, the Columbia Icefield.
Starting from Lake Louise leads the Icefields Parkway north past many sights.
The Crowfoot Glacier is one of the many glaciers along the Icefields Parkway. The glacier was named by the First Nation, as it has the shape of a crow's foot.
The Bow Pass at an altitude of 2088 meters. Here the Parkway reached one of its highest points along the way by the two national parks.
The Peyto Lake is located directly on the Parkway and falls by its unusual color. Better than from the road but the view is after a short walk to the nearby lookout point above the lake.
In Mistaya Canyon, the Mistaya River forcing through a narrow and deep canyon.
Saskatchewan River Crossing
This small settlement is the only way between the two end points of parkway food and gasoline to purchase. The settlement was built in the time of the fur trade there is a ford over the North Saskatchewan River here. Today, at this settlement also Hwy 11 begins
Bridal Veil Falls
At Cirrus Mountain collapsed in Bridal Veil Falls is a fed by the Huntington Glacier creek in four stages over a total of 370 meters down.
The Sunwapta Pass is located about 108 kilometers south of Jasper. Here, the Icefields Parkway overcomes a height of 2,030 meters. Although the name of the passport suggests something else, but this is not on the 3,317 -meter-high Sunwapta Peak, but the 3,490 -meter Mount Athabasca. Furthermore, the pass marks the transition from Banff National Park, Jasper National Park.
The Columbia Icefield is the Parkway his name. However, it is not directly visible from the road out. The 325 km ² ice rink feeds several glaciers. One of these glaciers, the Athabasca Glacier is particularly good to see here and can also be entered.
The Icefields Parkway is accompanied from the Columbia Icefield to Jasper of water. On this route the rivers, first the Sunwapta River and then the Athabasca River, overcome two large waterfalls need. The Sunwapta Falls are the more southerly of the two cases. Here the Sunwapta River plunges in two stages down 23 meters.
The Athabasca case, the northern of the two major waterfalls on the Parkway. Here the wide Athabasca River about 23 meters height constrained by a narrow gorge to thereby overcome. Just as the Sunwapta case he is just off Highway and can be visited on maintained trails.
From the Icefields Parkway performs a short hike on the headland, this small lake.
The Icefields Parkway
Athabasca River on the Icefields Parkway