The Athabasca Glacier and the Columbia Icefield
The glacier, and icefield lie alongside the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93), between Lake Louise and Jasper. Check out the “Icefields Parkway Driving Guide” from Parks Canada
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Distances and times:
From Banff 195 km., 2 hours 40 minutes
From Lake Louise 130 km., 1 hour 40 minutes
From Jasper 105 km., 1 hour 25 minutes
These times allow for summer traffic. Allow extra time for sightseeing stops. There are often delays because of construction along the Icefields Parkway. We recommend that you allow an extra half hour for these delays. For best results and timing, contact Park information centre personnel.
NOTE: The Columbia Icefield area is in the Mountain Time zone. If you are coming from Valemount/Mt. Robson or Revelstoke in British Columbia you will need to adjust your watch one hour ahead.
Travel directions from Banff or Lake Louise:
Head west on the Trans Canada Highway (Highway 1 west) from Banff and go past the Lake Louise exit.
Continue west two kilometres to the junction of Highway 1 and the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93 north).
Head north at the turnoff to the Icefields Parkway. Driving time from here is about 1.5 hours.
Travel directions from Jasper:
Your starting point is the junction of the Yellowhead Highway (Highway 16) and the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93 south), accessible from the western end of the town of Jasper. (From Jasper Park Lodge, simply head west 6 kilometres on Highway 16.)
Head south on the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93 south), for 106 kilometres. (about 60 miles), or 1 1/4 hours.