Icefields Parkway offers an extraordinary opportunity to experience
the Rockies and the remnants of the glaciers that shaped them. It
is the highest road in Canada, traversing several high mountain passes,
like Bow Summit at elevation of 2069 m (6,787 ft), the second highest
point on a paved road in Canada, and Sunwapta Pass at 2035 m (6,675
ft), the dividing line between Banff and Jasper National Parks. The
highway provides access to a stunning array of mountain peaks including
Mount Columbia, the second highest in the Canadian Rockies at 3747
m (12,294 ft) after Mount Robson (located about 80 km west of Jasper).
Mount Edith Cavell at 3363 m (11,033 ft) is a prime scenic attraction
in the Jasper area, more so because you can drive to the base of the
mountain along a 14.5 km paved road. We also drove to Maligne Lake,
a spectacularly beautiful turquoise coloured mountain lake - the largest
in the mountain parks.
Jasper should be a
5-hour drive from Bragg Creek,
but you will have to allow several hours, if not days,
to visit the many attractions along the way.