Driving the Icefields Parkway

If you are a petrol-head with a penchant for great views, there are many roads that have been proclaimed ‘the best driving road in the world’. One that consistently makes the list is the Icefields Parkway, which goes from Jasper to Lake Louise through the Jasper and Banff National Parks in Alberta, Canada.

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The 144mi (232km) route can take as little as three hours to drive. However, if you stop to admire some of the 100+ glaciers, waterfalls, rock spires, and lakes it can easily take nine hours, as I found out when I drove it this year.

I travelled from Jasper to Banff stopping many times along the way, including for lunch at the Saskatchewan River Crossing. Some of the multiple highlights included the Athabasca Falls, the Columbia Icefield and Lake Peyto.

While the views were incredible I was also blown-away by was how the fresh the air was. I remember pulling the car over, opening my door and inhaling the most beautiful sweet air I have experienced courtesy of the nearby woods.

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