Icefields Parkway Drive Part 1

Icefields Parkway Drive Part 1 | Get Inspired Everyday!

 

Icefields Parkway Drive Part 1 | Get Inspired Everyday!

The Icefields Parkway drive stretches over 144 miles from Banff to Jasper, and it’s the most gorgeous road I’ve ever been on (which is saying something since we drive Going to the Sun road several times a year)! The drive is filled with over 100 glaciers, numerous waterfalls, and breathtaking, glacial colored lakes. Today, I’m taking you on a tour through the first half of this drive up to the Saskatchewan River Crossing.

Icefields Parkway Drive Part 1 | Get Inspired Everyday!

 

In the first 4 photos are the views you can see around the Crowfoot Glacier area.

Icefields Parkway Drive Part 1 | Get Inspired Everyday!

Icefields Parkway Drive Part 1 | Get Inspired Everyday!

Icefields Parkway Drive Part 1 | Get Inspired Everyday!

The Num-Ti-Jah Lodge is situated on Bow Lake, (40km or 25 miles from Lake Louise) and offers refreshments at a small cafĂ©. There is also a restaurant that opens for dinner if you’re in the area. Accommodations, refreshments, and fuel are limited along the Icefields Parkway so it’s best to keep stocked up! It also takes forever to get from one place to another (not that you’d want to hurry it’s just good to know that it’s a long ways between each area of civilization). From Banff, all the way through to Jasper, it took us about 4 hours without stopping for all the scenery lookouts. Definitely be prepared to spend a day or two making your way through the main sites of this amazing area, (we saw about 1/2 half the sites on the way up and the rest on the way back). We were in this area a total of 5 days and barely scratched the surface, (can’t wait to go back)!

Icefields Parkway Drive Part 1 | Get Inspired Everyday!

The Saskatchewan River Crossing is located 1/2 way between Banff and Jasper, they offer fuel, lodging and other amenities. From here, it’s at least another 2 hours before a gas station, so stock up!

Icefields Parkway Drive Part 1 | Get Inspired Everyday!

Icefields Parkway Drive Part 1 | Get Inspired Everyday!

Visiting from Banff up into Jasper was awesome all the way around, but I think it was even better with the fall colors! I’m partial to fall anyways with crisp cool mornings and warm afternoons making it perfect for hiking. The oranges and golds are extra colorful when their backdrop is glacier fed lakes.

Icefields Parkway Drive Part 1 | Get Inspired Everyday!

Peyto Lake (above picture) is a popular side trip, with a lookout just 1 km from the parking lot. Even though this area is pretty busy, the view is worth it. We were lucky enough to see it with a fresh snow dusting. There is a side trip you can take once you get to the Peyto Lake lookout, follow the signs for the loop trail (another trail branches off from here and leads to Bow Lake Lookout) for an even better and less crowded view of this turquoise beauty.

Icefields Parkway Drive Part 1 | Get Inspired Everyday!

I mentioned this in my Lake Morraine post, but it’s totally frustrating not to be able to capture the whole scene before you, especially when it’s so spectacular! If your DSLR camera isn’t full frame, be sure to bring a point and shoot/phone/iPad that can give you the whole scene in one picture. I’m itching to go back and take pictures now that we’ve upgraded to a full frame camera!

Icefields Parkway Drive Part 1 | Get Inspired Everyday!

Icefields Parkway Drive Part 1 | Get Inspired Everyday!

See you soon for Part 2 of the Icefields Parkway Drive!

 

6 Comments on “Icefields Parkway Drive Part 1”

  1. mountain girl heidi

    OH.MY.GOSH. September can’t come soon enough. You’re going to have to help me plan a good itinerary for our trip.

  2. Katie Cross

    Do you ever sell your pictures, or have you ever thought of doing that? Because those are gorgeous. Truly. I’m actually going to pin them so I can have them on some inspiration boards for my next book. It’s like you’re helping me write. I’ll cut you a royalty when I start making them in 20 years, kay?

    Also, I went and bought the life is good chocolate chips so I can dive face first into that new chocolate chunk cookie recipe you’ve got. Squee!

    1. Kari

      Thanks so much Katie, I’m glad you’ve found them inspiring and you’ll definitely want to go someday! We’re currently working on a new site design that will have a picture gallery in it. I haven’t been able to sell pictures because the quality just isn’t there with the camera I was using, but I’ve upgrade, and now I just need to get some shots (I guess I’ll have to go back to Banff…).

      Let me know how the baking goes, and have a great weekend! 🙂

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