• Distance:
  • 236km / 147 Mi
  • Duration:
  • 3:13:43

Take a ride through the Rocky Mountains from Lake Louise to Jasper on Alberta Highway 93 or Icefields Parkway. This great motorcycle road is near the mountainous Alberta and British Columbia border, very close to the ski town of Banff and breathtaking Jasper National Park. The road is stunning; it's surrounded by mountains with snow-capped peaks along various Lakes. Icefields Parkway is a 146.6 mi (236 km) long motorcycle route that can be completed in over 3 hours.

Stop in and get a drink with a view at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise then start your ride at the intersection of Lake Louise Drive and Highway 1 (Trans- Canada). Be aware that a Canadian National Parks permit is required to travel on the Icefields Parkway. The speed limit is 55 mph (90 km/h) and the road is great for motorcycle riders because commercial trucks are prohibited. Snow may result in road closures on some portions of the road. It's the only road connecting Banff and Jasper so in July and August it can be very busy. September, however is an amazing time to ride this spectacular Rocky Mountain motorcycle route.

Lake Louise is a hamlet of 700 people, there are several Hotels here including the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Tourists and locals congregate at one of the 3 largest Ski resorts in Banff. The Lake Louise sightseeing gondola is open year round, offering panoramas of glaciers, natural springs, wildflowers and wildlife such as grizzly bears.

Go North on Highway 1 to reach the Icefields Parkway. Continue North on Icefields Parkway for 35.7 mi (57.4 km) towards Waterfowl Lakes.

Be sure to stop at Waterfowl Lakes, approximately 1 hour into the ride. It's one lake that runs along the Icefields Parkway and is a beautiful photo opportunity.

From Waterfowl Lakes to Jasper go Northwest for the last 106.3 mi (171 km) of Icefields Parkway. The road here is curvy with several sweeping turns, and one hairpin turn 31 mi (50 km) in. This portion of the road is known as one of the best motorcycle routes in the area for the curves and twisties. Ride into Jasper on Alberta Highway 16 for 1.4 mi (2.2 km).

Arrive in Jasper, Alberta, a small town of 4,000 people located near Jasper National Park. Jasper is about 225 mi (336 km) West of Edmonton, Alberta, named after Jasper Hawes, who operated an 1813 trading post in the region for the North West Company. Previously it was referred to as Fitzhugh. Jasper National Park was established on September 14, 1907 as Jasper Forest Park and was granted national park status in 1930. Jasper was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984 for its mountain landscapes, mountain peaks, glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, canyons, and limestone caves and fossils. In 2011, Jasper National Park had almost 2 million visitors. For more information on what to see, where to eat and sleep in Jasper see: www.jasper- alberta.com/

The motorcycle ride through the Rocky Mountains from Lake Louise to Jasper on Alberta Highway 93, or Icefields Parkway, is a spectacular day trip. The road is surrounded by snow-capped mountains with no shortage of little lakes along the way. Temperatures in autumn are in the 0 to 10c range, with lows going down to 0 to -10c range. Icefields Parkway is a 146.6 mi (236 km) long Highway that can be completed in over 3 hours of great riding. Enjoy the ride! Eat Sleep RIDE.

Weekend Getaway on the Icefields Parkway

Weekend Getaway on the Icefields Parkway

We had an excellent weekend of motorbiking along the Icefields Parkway, it is a beautiful road with world class scenery on a regular day, but the fall colours really were impressive, not to mentio ...
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  • alex
  • 2012-09-25T16:27:52-04:00

it didnt' look like that last time i was there, but it is a great ride.


@jordan-sandra Know of any other interesting stops on the Icefields Parkway?