North Thompson-Columbia Icefields Parkway Loop

1 week, 1451.03 km (901.63 mi)

See the best of both worlds en route to the Canadian Rockies. Experience the untamed wilderness of Wells Gray Provincial Park.

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Part 1

Kamloops to Helmecken Falls

An iconic stop on this road trip, Helmcken Falls is located within Wells Gray Provincial Park. This impressive waterfall is the fourth largest in Canada and is located just steps from the road. If you have some extra time, check out Dawson Falls, Moul Falls, and Spahats Creek Falls.

Part 2

Mount Robson Provincial Park

Mount Robson Provincial Park is one of the crown jewels of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, with the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. It’s the second-oldest park in BC’s park system and part of the UNESCO World Heritage designation. There are ample wildlife-viewing opportunities, including elk, black bears, grizzly bears, caribou, mountain goats, moose, and over 182 species of birds. The park is also home to the Berg Lake Trail, a backcountry hiking trail with a gain of almost 800 m (2,625 ft) in less than 25 km (15 mi).

Part 3

Lake Louise

The 232-km (144-mi) journey from Jasper to Lake Louise will take you through one of the most iconic stretches of highway in the world. The Columbia Icefields Parkway extends through the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site, with two national parks. This is one scenic drive you’ll never forget.

Part 4

Yoho National Park

On the western slopes of the Canadian Rocky Mountains you’ll find Yoho National Park (named for a Cree expression of awe and wonder). The park boasts 28 peaks over 3,000 m (9,850 ft), vertical rock walls, glaciers, and dramatic waterfalls.

Part 5

Revelstoke to Kamloops

Head west on Highway 1 and stop to explore Glacier National Park, natural hot springs, and Mount Revelstoke National Park.

Travel west on the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy 1) to return to Kamloops via Golden and Revelstoke. Be sure to visit Clover, the Kermode Bear, at BC Wildlife Park, or step back in time at Historic O’Keefe Ranch.

Driving Directions

Part 1 - Vancouver
  • 6.25 km
  • 12 min
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