It’s consistently ranked one of the most scenic drives in the world, and this year marks its 75th anniversary. The Icefields Parkway is a 232 kilometer stretch of road that winds through the Rocky Mountains separating Jasper and Banff. It runs parallel to the continental divide and boasts jaw-dropping panoramas of glaciers, high-elevation lakes and jagged peaks, many over 3,300 metres.
Before the mountainous drive—also called Highway 93—was built, early visitors to the area spent weeks making the journey by pack horse. It now takes 3.5 hours (though most would recommend allocating a full day to the drive, to ensure time to stop at the multiple scenic lookouts and enjoy a hike or two along the way).
The video above gives a taste of the highway’s beauty and grandeur.
Interested in sharing your story or learning more about the Icefields Parkway? Banff Lake Louise Tourism is inviting people to join the conversation by using #IP75 throughout the summer. On the docket: vintage black and white photos from the parkway’s early days through to modern-day snaps, tips on what to see and do along the route and unique ideas for those returning to the route, and interesting accounts of the pioneers and mountaineers behind the Parkway’s 75 years.