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Icefields Parkway (North)

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 northern half of the Icefields Parkway begins at the Town of Jasper and then passes highlights such as Mt. Edith Cavell, Mt. Fryatt, and Mt. Athabasca, 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 Lake Louise (230km) or Nordegg (242km).

Reports from this Region

A waterfall along Beauty Creek in Jasper National Park
Beauty Creek & Stanley Falls

– Max. Elev. 1,687 m / 5,535ft. –

The Valley Glows Beneath Big Bend Peak
Big Bend Peak

– Max. Elev. 2,824 m / 9,265ft. –
Scrambling / Hiking

Geraldine Lakes and Mt. Fryatt
Geraldine Peak

– Max. Elev. 2,947 m / 9,669ft. –

Gazing down along the humped summit ridge of Mt. Hardisty
Mount Hardisty

– Max. Elev. 2,715 m / 8,907ft. –
Scrambling / Hiking

Tangle Ridge from the Icefields Parkway in Jasper National Park
Tangle Ridge

– Max. Elev. 3,000 m / 9,843ft. –
Hiking / Scrambling

The sun sets behind Terminal Mountain at the head of Whistler's Creek
Whistler's Creek

– Max. Elev. 2,126 m / 6,975ft. –
Ski Touring

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