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The Icefields Parkway (Highway 93) is a 268 km (167 mile) stretch of road running along the Continental Divide between Jasper and Vermilion Pass at the B.C. border. We have driven it numerous times in many different seasons and weather conditions. On a good day, it can be one of the most scenic Highways anywhere. On a bad day, it can be a painstakingly slow, white knuckle drive.
We travelled the portion between Jasper and Sunwapta falls on a clear sunny Christmas Day in 2009. Everyone was home opening presents and cooking/eating turkey and we mostly had the road to ourselves.
In April 2019, we took the drive between Jasper and Icefields Center with H & L from Winnipeg. Again, a stunning day with equally stunning scenery.
At the Columbia Icefields in April 2019. Given that the Icefields Tour Center was not yet open for the season, we had the place to ourselves. The skies which had been a mix of sun and cloud, cleared to give us a brilliant blue sky. We managed a bit of a walk from the parking lot and then went and parked in the Discovery Center parking lot to eat our picnic lunch. It was a great day to visit. The photos show how much snow remains at this high altitude in early April.