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Guided Self-drive Tours of Western Canada



The map below shows the routes where GyPSy Guide provides commentary. To learn more about each route, roll the pointer over the roadway or over the yellow dot for city and town tours. Click through for more extensive information about each section and to listen to samples of audio commentary from GyPSy Guide.

Lake Louise - Jasper: The Icefields Parkway, Highway 93 North

The Icefields Parkway commentary from GyPSy Guide can be heard in 

Driving time: All day with stops

The Icefields Parkway is the most popular drive in the Canadian Rockies for people who rent GyPSy Guide.

Repeatedly voted "the world’s most spectacular mountain drive".  Set aside the whole day to drive this magnificent road.  Each corner along the Icefields Parkway brings even more spectacular mountain scenery.  Glaciers line the roadside, see turquoise colored lakes and thundering waterfalls.  You can stop on the way to take a tour and actually walk on a glacier.  You absolutely cannot miss this drive if you are in the Rockies.  Drive from Banff or Lake Louise to the Icefields and return in one full day or continue all the way to Jasper and stay overnight.

From Jasper, the Columbia Icefields are 1 hour south. You can return or continue to Lake Louise and Banff.

The chances of seeing wildlife, including grizzly bears and elk, are very good on the Icefields Parkway drive. To improve your chances make an early start - animals are more active in the morning and evening. Always practice safe wildlife viewing and never feed the animals.


  • Bow Glacier and Bow Lake
  • Peyto Lake
  • Crowfoot Glacier
  • Saskatchewan Crossing
  • Weeping Wall
  • Parker Ridge
  • Columbia Icefields
  • Stutfield Glacier
  • Tangle Falls
  • Athabasca Falls
  • Horseshoe Lake
  • Sunwapta Falls

Also look at the Banff National Park, Lake Louise to Revelstoke and Jasper sectors which link to this driving tour.

Click on the titles below to hear sample commentary from this sector.

Peyto Lake

Columbia Icefields

Grizzly Bear

Athabasca Falls

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