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City walking tour

Drive Lake Louise to Wilcox Pass

City walking tour · Alberta
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Map / Drive Lake Louise to Wilcox Pass
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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 along the road toward Jasper.

126.2 km
1:45 h
1335 m
853 m
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Author
Hannah Lafleur
Updated: August 25, 2018

Highest point
2075 m
Lowest point
1387 m
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Tips, hints and links

Points of Interest

Bow Summit

A short walk will give you just the vantage point you need to look over Peyto Lake and take in its spectacular color. 

 

Mistaya Canyon

See where the river has carved deep into the rock forming a slick canyon.

 

Food & Drink

Saskatchewan River Crossing

Unless you choose to detour to Lake Louise Village when you pass by, this will be the only place to stop for food on your way to Wilcox Pass. There's a cafeteria for hot food and a small grocery store for snacks. You can buy gas here as well. 

Start

Lake Louise Visitor Center (1538 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
51.425771, -116.178682
UTM
11U 557102 5697494

Destination

Wilcox Pass Trailhead / Wilcox Creek Campground

Turn-by-turn directions

Note: Road closures and conditions may change without notice and due to circumstances beyond our control. For this reason, we recommend using these notes in conjunction with a GPS navigation system and visiting www.drivebc.com and 511.alberta.ca for additional travel information.  

If you're using your own GPS, I suggest typing in “Wilcox Creek Campground” to make sure you take the right road off of the highway. However, as soon as you take this turn, you will park at the trailhead, NOT drive all the way into the campground.

 

0.0km - Departing the Lake Louise Visitor's Center the way you pulled in, TURN RIGHT onto Village Rd. 

200m - TURN LEFT on to Lake Louise Drive

400m - TURN LEFT onto Trans-Canada Highway/AB-1 West

1.9km - BEAR RIGHT to join Alberta 93 towards Jasper.

 121km - Look for signs noting Wilcox Pass 2km down the road.

123km - TURN RIGHT onto the unnamed road for Wilcox Pass. You’ll immediately see parking on your left where the trail starts. Park here to begin your walk.

 

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Distance
126.2 km
Duration
1:45 h
Ascent
1335 m
Descent
853 m

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