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Photo Friday: Driving The Absolutely Epic Icefields Parkway In Canada

It took me a long, long time to go through all our photos from Canada when we got home in 2018. Six months, in fact.

This is because we took over 120 photos of the Icefields Parkway ALONE. Not the lakes that we stopped at; just the mountains as we drove through this epic part of Canada (which, by the way, averages out to one photo every two minutes or so).

So it stands to reason that it took me a while to go through all of them. Of course, I edited some of the absolute best photos for my Icefields Parkway post, but with over 100 more in our collection, I have a whole load more to share.

The Icefields Parkway is the road that links Banff National Park and Jasper National Park, two of the best national parks in the world, so you already know it’s going to be epic. In fact, it’s 144 miles of unadulterated views of mountains, lakes, forests and, if you’re lucky, wildlife.

This is by far the best road trip we’ve ever done, and it’s easily one of the best travel days we’ve ever had.

Brace yourselves, because these are epic!

Icefields Parkway, Canada

Icefields Parkway, Canada

Icefields Parkway, Canada

Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Canada

Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Canada

Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Canada

Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Canada

Read more: Road Tripping The Icefields Parkway In Autumn

Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Canada

Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Canada

Icefields Parkway, Canada

Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Canada

Read more: Mountains, Lakes & Glaciers: Road Tripping The Canadian Rockies

Icefields Parkway, Canada

Icefields Parkway, Canada

Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Canada

Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Canada

Columbia Icefield, Jasper National Park, Canada

Although we’ve driven the entire Icefields Parkway before, we only made it as far as Columbia Icefield this time, which is just inside Jasper National Park. It’s also one of the most impressive glaciers around.

Icefields Parkway, Canada

Lake, Icefields Parkway, Canada

I can’t remember which lake this is?? It looks like the Waterfowl Lakes, but can anyone confirm?!

Waterfowls Lake, Alberta, Canada

This is Waterfowl Lake – we camped here in 2016 and it blew us away! And we’d never even heard of it!

Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Canada

Icefields Parkway, Canada

Of course, let’s not forget that the Icefields Parkway isn’t just about driving!

It’s also home to some of the best lakes on the planet.

First up: Lake Louise, probably Banff’s most famous lake of all.

Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Canada

Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Canada
To this date one of the best photos I’ve ever taken

Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Canada

Unfortunately the road to Moraine Lake had closed early for the season after a snow storm just days before we arrived – which was very upsetting considering the weather was breathtakingly beautiful and the extra snow would have made it even more magical!

When I visited Moraine Lake in 2016, the weather wasn’t ideal, and we couldn’t even see most of the peaks at the end of the lake that make it so iconic. Even so, here are a couple of my photos from that trip because it’s still absolutely stunning and one of the best places you can visit in the area (which is saying a lot!).

I’m desperate to go back and get some of those postcard photos!

This time round, however, we did have a ridiculously epic stop at Peyto Lake instead.

Peyto Lake, Banff National Park, Canada

Peyto Lake, Banff National Park, Canada

Peyto Lake was completely different to how we saw it a few years ago – instead of its strangely captivating milky blue-green tint that everyone is convinced is Photoshopped, it was just radiantly blue and bordered by a white dusting of snow. I’m guessing the colour change was due to the melted snow diluting the rock flour that normally gives it its unique colour.

Regardless of the colour of the lake, I got some of my favourite photos ever! The view absolutely blew me away.

The Icefields Parkway is easily one of the best scenic drives in the world, and I feel incredibly lucky to have done it twice now. It’s one of those drives where every single time you turn a corner, you involuntarily shout “WOWWW!!” (There is video evidence of us doing this several times…!!)

I need to add that I should give Ash credit for taking most of these photos – after all, I was driving! He also captured some absolutely epic videos, which I’m still yet to sort out.

Anyway, now I’m desperate to get back to Canada, dammit.

Have you driven the Icefields Parkway? Is it on your bucket list?

You can read some of my other Canada posts here:

Road Tripping The Icefields Parkway In Autumn
Mountains, Lakes & Glaciers: Road Tripping The Canadian Rockies
A Drive Through Two Underrated Canadian Rockies National Parks

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25 Photos Driving The Absolutely Epic Icefields Parkway, Canada

6 thoughts on “Photo Friday: Driving The Absolutely Epic Icefields Parkway In Canada

  1. I’d never heard of the Icefields Parkway until you mentioned it (but I’ve definitely heard of Banff National Park!). The scenic drive looks GORGEOUS with the lone road, pine trees, and snow-capped mountains. Your photo of Moraine Lake is stunning, even if you said it wasn’t ideal weather when you went– I think otherwise! Canada is certainly a beautiful country, and your post makes me want to go back once the pandemic’s over. 🙂

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  2. The Icefields Parkway is one of those drives that you could do over and over again! You have some fantastic photos here! We are heading to Kootenay Park soon so hope to catch some lovely lake and mountain views 🙂

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  3. This was my absolute favourite two days in Canada, driving from Jasper to Columbia Icefields, waking in the morning to a snow-covered glacier and then driving through those majestic mountains to Banff 😍

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