Banff Highways & Freeways
The Icefields Parkway is a spectacular route that travels past unforgettable scenery through both Banff and Jasper National Parks. The parkway was named for the icefields that spread through the Rockies, and it is considered to be among the world's most scenic highways. Trailheads and wildlife, as well as many other sights abound including Bow Summit, Saskatchewan River Crossing, Lake Louise, Sunwapta Falls and Athabasca Falls.
View the landscape at a leisurely pace along this scenic alternative to the Trans-Canada Hwy 1. Interpretative signs are located at points along the Hwy. Explore the history of the Bow River Valley. Campgrounds, day use facilities and viewpoints are available. There are many points of interest along the highway. Access the highway 7 km (4.3 mi) west of Banff, and from the Lake Louise overpass.
Lake Minnewanka Loop Road
The Lake Minnewanka loop connects Lake Minnewanka, Cascade Ponds, Two Jack Lake and Johnson Lake together. Bankhead, which is the site of an early 1900's coal mine, can also be reached on the route.
The longest national highway in the world, the main route of the Trans-Canada stretches 7604 km (4725 mi) from St. John's, NF, to Victoria, BC. Along the route, it passes through all ten provinces.
Bow Valley Parkway
The scenic Bow Valley Parkway (also known as Highway 1A) offers an alternative route to the TransCanada Highway between Banff and Lake Louise. Along this 51-km (30.6-mi) road, travellers may enjoy short hiking trails, picnic areas and cabin accommodation. The parkway can be accessed 7 km (4.3 mi) west of Banff and from the Lake Louise overpass.