Banff is located in Alberta, Canada. It has a sub-arctic climate and has many glaciers and ice sheets. Banff also has a diverse wildlife population and has more than 1,600 kilometers of trails. Banff has beautiful turquoise lakes, stunning mountain views, great picnic and leisure venues and restaurants you can’t miss. Banff offers some conveniences for travelers. Banff is the perfect place for a family outing or a leisurely weekend. Driving on Icefield Avenue between Banff National Park and Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada is a great vacation route. Spend 4 days between the two parks and at Icefields Parkway. This road is called one of the most beautiful roads in the world.
Here’s how to stay for four days in Jasper and Banff at Icefields Parkway.
Calgary is a major city in Alberta, with international flights arriving from all major destinations. This is the ideal place to stay, then you can rent a car or use the shuttle to other attractions.
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Day 1- Drive from Calgary to Jasper，Icefields Parkway
Entry Fees – Banff National Park
For maintaining the national park, Parks Canada requires you to pay an entry fee. An adult fee is $9.80 CAD. Or you can pay for a family/group (in a vehicle) for $19.60 CAD. Youth enter free (ages 6- 17 years) and seniors (65 years +) is $8.30 CAD。
When driving to Jasper and back to Banff, I prefer to drive directly to Jasper and then back to Banff. When going to Icefield Park Road, make sure you are full of petrol. The only gas stations are at Louise Lake and Saskatchewan intersection.
Bow Summitt Overlook
Bridal Veil Falls
Day 2- Jasper National Park
Day 3- Drive from Jasper to Banff
This is your chance to stop at all locations on the Icefields Parkway that you drive by on your first day. You can visit the sights you haven’t seen. Sometimes during the peak tourist season, there are many attractions, and it is an opportunity to return.
Bridal Veil Falls
Day 4- Banff National Park
More beautiful places in Banff outside this trip
Obviously, every corner of Banff and Jasper National Park cannot be seen in just 4 days. I want to make sure to mention some places that we want to visit but haven’t found the time, either because the trek is longer or not enough time. Many times regret is part of travel, just like our lives.
Here are other attractions：