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Icefields Parkway (South)

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

Vibrant Helen Lake with Dolomite, Andromache, Hector and Bow Peak
Cirque Peak & Helen Lake

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

Mt. Chephren from across its lake.
Mount Chephren

– Max. Elev. 3,280 m / 10,761ft. –

Safely down from the north face of Mt. Forbes on a successful summit day.
Mount Forbes

– Max. Elev. 3,612 m / 11,850ft. –
Mountaineering / Hiking

Bypassing Little Hector on route to the true summit
Mount Hector

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

The Clearwater Glacier from the summit of Mt. Willingdon
Mount Willingdon

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

Gazing beyond Nigel Pass into the Brazeau River Valley
Nigel Pass

– Max. Elev. 2,195 m / 7,201ft. –

Will traversing the ridge with Mt. Forbes in the distance.
White Pyramid

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

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