Map & Directions to Columbia Icefield

Directions to the Columbia Icefield

Located at the boundary of Banff and Jasper National Parks, on Canada’s most scenic mountain highway; The Icefields Parkway - just 1 hour from Jasper and 2.5 hours from Banff. This is route to over one hundred visible glaciers, turquoise lakes, rushing waterfalls and numerous hiking trails, picnic spots and campgrounds. Getting to the Columbia Icefield is a remarkable attraction in itself!

Leaving from Banff, travelers follow the Bow, Mistaya and North Saskatchewan Rivers and experience such spectacular sights as Lake Louise, Bow Lake, Peyto and Crowfoot Glaciers, Mistaya Canyon and the Weeping Wall. From Jasper, the route passes Athabasca Falls and the Sunwapta Canyon. It is an unmatched majestic beauty and a wilderness habitat for elk, bighorn sheep, moose, mountain goat and both grizzly and black bears.

Click here to book a glacier tour with transportation or sightseeing for individuals or call (403) 760-6934.  To book Group transportation, visit www.BrewsterBus.com or call (403) 762-6710

Click on the map of the Canadian Rockies to the right to zoom in, get directions and more.

Driving Distances to the Columbia Icefield

Banff, Alberta 180 km 2.5 hours
Jasper, Alberta 108 km 1 hour
Lake Louise, Alberta 120 km 1.5 hours
Calgary, Alberta 308 km 3.5 hours
Edmonton, Alberta 450 km 5 hours
Vancouver, British Columbia 932 km 10.5 hours
Note: Drive times are based on direct travel routes and exclude stop times for sightseeing.

 

GPS Coordinates

Driving here in a car with GPS? Enter the following coordinates into your GPS Unit:
Latitude N 52° 13.220 and Longitude W 117° 13.441.

Driving Directions

Banff to Columbia Icefield:
Leaving Banff, travel 55 kilometers (34 miles) west on the Trans-Canada hwy #1, to Lake Louise. (The exit is past the Lake Louise townsite on highway #1) Then travel 125 kilometers (78 miles) north, from Lake Louise on The Icefields Parkway Hwy 93N to the Columbia Icefield.

Jasper to Columbia Icefield:
Leaving Jasper, travel 108 kilometers (67 miles) south on The Icefields Parkway hwy 93N, to the Columbia Icefield.

Lake Louise to Columbia Icefield:
Leave Lake Louise heading West on the Trans-Canada hwy #1 to Jasper/HWY 93 (3.0 km), take exit onto Hwy 93 Icefields Parkway. (The exit is past the Lake Louise townsite on highway #1) Then travel 125 kilometers (78 miles) north, from Lake Louise on The Icefields Parkway Hwy 93N to the Columbia Icefield.

Calgary to the Columbia Icefield:
Leaving Calgary, travel 183 kilometers (114 miles) west on the Trans-Canada Highway #1 to Lake Louise. Then travel 125 kilometers (78 miles) north, from Lake Louise on The Icefields Parkway Hwy 93N to the Columbia Icefield.

Edmonton to the Columbia Icefield:
Leaving Edmonton, travel 366 kilometers (220 miles) west on The Yellowhead Hwy #16, to Jasper. Then travel 108 kilometers (67 miles) south on The Icefields Parkway Hwy 93N, to the Columbia Icefield.

Vancouver to the Columbia Icefield:
Scenic Route: Leaving Vancouver, travel 149 kilometers (93 miles) east on the Trans-Canada Highway #1, to Hope. Then travel 275 kilometers (172 miles) north on the Trans-Canada Highway #1, following the road signs, to Kamloops. From Kamloops travel 432 kilometers (270 miles) east on the Trans-Canada Highway #1, to Lake Louise. From Lake Louise, travel 125 kilometers (78 miles) north on The Icefields Parkway Hwy 93N, to the Columbia Icefield. Quickest Route: From Hope, travel 197 kilometers (123 miles) northeast on the Coquihalla Hwy #5, to Kamloops and proceed as above.

 


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