A Guide to Driving the Icefields Parkway in Alberta, Canada. Where to Stop for Instagrammable Shots!

Guide to Icefields Parkway, Alberta Canada. Where to stop and instagrammable spots

After our time in Canmore and Banff, it was time for us to hit the road and travel to Jasper. And what a road it is! We journeyed along the Icefields Parkway, which provides stunning scenery at every turn and many amazing view points aka instagrammable spots. It's even been rated as one of the top drives in the world by Condé Nast Traveller. Get ready for epic mountain views, frozen lakes and frozen waterfalls!

This trip is in partnership with Travel Alberta, and we were lucky to have a wonderful guide / driver/ amazing guy called Daniel with us. 

A Guide for Where to Stop Along the Icefields Parkway


Before you fully embark on your journey, make sure you detour to the beautiful Fairmont Banff Springs (that looks like a fairy castle and worth a peak) and is where you'll also find Bow River; which looks great frozen but we hear also spectacular in the summer. 


We'd heard so many times that Lake Louise is an amazing sight to see, and it did not disappoint!

Firstly, Fairmont Lake Louise is STUNNING and absolutely on our travel bucket list to stay (winter and summer for equally beautiful views).

Secondly, seeing a lake completely frozen over and surrounded by mountains is such a novel sight and so, so beautiful.

To make it even more interesting, the Fairmont have ice sculptures up - including an ice queen and ice castle! Also, they have an ice skating patch, how adorable!

The moment when Whitney walked too deep into the snow - haha!

Time to hit the road again...


Pit stop at Bow Lake (next to Num Ti Jah lodge). It's crazy to think that these lakes are a beautiful turquoise blue when not covered in snow!

Looking for a toilet break? You'll find little huts along the way, and it's quite an experience in cold... we'll leave it at that. Haha!

To the left, to the left! 

Luckily we had our great tour guide Daniel to drive us like a pro (as he is, literally, a pro) haha. When you're driving the Icefields there is no cellphone signal, so we advise to let your loved ones know you're head off and to take plenty of warm clothes, food and water, blankets etc just in case. 

Every twist & turn had us in awe!

When they say the journey is better than the destination, pretty sure they're talking about this drive...


Final stop on our journey was at Athabasca Falls.

We attracted a new friend, and then headed off to see some gorgeous frozen waterfalls.

As we were arriving into Jasper, we spotted an elk casually crossing the road... Ah Canada!

Come back for our Guide to Jasper!

Have you driven the Icefields Parkway or plan to? Comment below and let us know!

This trip is in partnership with Travel Alberta. Thank you for hosting us! All views expressed are our own. 

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