Banff to Jasper Drive & Hike

One of the world's most scenic drives, the Icefields Parkway connects some of the best hiking in the Canadian Rockies. Stretch your legs on winding trails over glacial moraines, past imposing peaks, and along turquoise lakeshores. You'll see all this and more on the road from Banff to Jasper.

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City walking tour · Alberta
Drive Calgary Airport to Banff
Difficulty
Distance 145.4 km
Duration 1:40 h
Ascent 905 m
Descent 616 m

Get excited for your hikes by driving out of the flats of Calgary and through the impressive boundaries of the Canadian Rockies to Banff. 

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Hiking trail · Alberta
Tunnel Mountain
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 6 km
Duration 2:30 h
Ascent 313 m
Descent 306 m

Accessible from downtown Banff, this out-and-back hike is the perfect welcome to the grand Canadian Rockies.

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City walking tour · British Columbia
Drive Banff to Stanley Glacier
Difficulty
Distance 45.1 km
Duration 0:35 h
Ascent 402 m
Descent 216 m

This drive will take you off the Trans-Canada Highway south towards Kootenay National Park. 

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Hiking trail · East Kootenay
Stanley Glacier Trail
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 10.8 km
Duration 5:00 h
Ascent 577 m
Descent 577 m

This out-and-back valley hike takes you through stands of young pine trees before opening up onto a massive moraine leading toward Stanley Glacier. 

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City walking tour · British Columbia
Drive Stanley Glacier to Lake Louise
Difficulty
Distance 38.9 km
Duration 0:35 h
Ascent 312 m
Descent 277 m

Follow the Bow River Northeast as you drive this popular route between Banff and Lake Louise.

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Hiking trail · Alberta
Lake Agnes Loop
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 6.8 km
Duration 3:00 h
Ascent 395 m
Descent 395 m

This quick ascent allows for spectacular views of Lake Louise from above and the opportunity to taste tea made from glacier water at Lake Agnes ...

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Hiking trail · Alberta
Plain of Six Glaciers Loop
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 17.9 km
Duration 8:00 h
Ascent 815 m
Descent 915 m

Follow the watershed that leads into Lake Louise up to it's glacial origin. 

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City walking tour · Alberta
Drive Lake Louise to Wilcox Pass
Difficulty
Distance 126.2 km
Duration 1:45 h
Ascent 1,335 m
Descent 853 m

A highlight of all the drives, today's route will take you along the famous Icefields Parkway where glaciers can be spotted from numerous spots ...

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Hiking trail · Alberta
Wilcox Pass Trail
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 9.3 km
Duration 5:00 h
Ascent 441 m
Descent 441 m

For only a short incline, this walk packs a punch of stunning glacier views. 

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City walking tour · Alberta
Drive Wilcox Pass to Jasper
Difficulty
Distance 106.2 km
Duration 1:30 h
Ascent 270 m
Descent 1,235 m

Drive the final part of the stunning Icefields Parkway as you pass peaks and lakes on both sides en route to the iconic town of Jasper. 

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City walking tour · Alberta
Drive Jasper to Sulphur Skyline Trail
Difficulty
Distance 60.4 km
Duration 1:00 h
Ascent 587 m
Descent 252 m

Follow the Athabasca River North on this drive up Route 16 before pulling off into the mountains and driving upward toward Miette Hot Springs. 

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Hiking trail · Alberta
Sulphur Skyline Trail
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 8.1 km
Duration 5:30 h
Ascent 669 m
Descent 669 m

This final hike is quite the treat as you'll get views of Utopia Mountain and Ashlar Ridge with time to take a dip in the hot springs afterward. 

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