Icefields Parkway (South)

Banff National Park

Aside from being one of the most scenic drives in Canada, the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93) affords access to many of the best scrambling and mountaineering objectives within the Canadian Rockies. The southern half of the Icefields Parkway begins at Lake Louise and then passes highlights such as Bow Lake, Mt. Chephren, and Mt. Saskatchewan, before reaching the Banff/Jasper boundary near Parker Ridge. Note that you will need a park pass to travel along this highway. Also pay careful attention to the gas station warnings. The facilities at Saskatchewan River Crossing are only open in the summer and parts of shoulder season (and charge at least a 30% premium), after that, you will need to make it all the way to the Towns of Jasper (230km) or Nordegg (170km).

Reports from this Region

Cirque Peak & Helen Lake

– Max. Elev. 2,993 m / 9,820ft. –
Hiking / Scrambling

Mount Chephren

– Max. Elev. 3,280 m / 10,761ft. –
Scrambling

Mount Hector

– Max. Elev. 3,394 m / 11,135ft. –
Mountaineering / Snowshoeing

Mount Willingdon

– Max. Elev. 3,373 m / 11,066ft. –
Hiking / Scrambling

Nigel Pass

– Max. Elev. 2,195 m / 7,201ft. –
Hiking

White Pyramid

– Max. Elev. 3,227 m / 10,587ft. –
Mountaineering / Snowshoeing