Jasper National Park News

The Icefields Parkway in Winter

Winter can be a magical time on the Icefields Parkway; a wonderland of snow covered slopes, frozen waterfalls and wildlife. With few people, no services, varying road conditions and no cell coverage however, it is essential to be prepared!  Here are some tips to help you enjoy winter in Jasper National Park and stay safe.

Remember: By law, between November 1st and March 31st, vehicles travelling the Icefields Parkway must be equipped with winter tires or tire chains.

Plan ahead:

  • Weather in the mountains can be unpredictable and change quickly.
  • Always keep a safety kit in your vehicle. This should include water, food, candles, extra clothing and blankets.
  • Check the weather forecast and road conditions before you hit the road.
  • Let someone know your travel plans.
  • On the Icefields Parkway during the winter months road maintenance occurs between 7:00 AM and 3:30 PM.

Wintery Icefields Parkway
Wintery Icefields Parkway
parks canada - adam greenberg photo

Be Prepared:
Speed limits are based on ideal driving conditions - adjust your speed accordingly.

Road conditions can change quickly. Be sure to consider your winter driving experience, the type and condition of the vehicle you are driving and your familiarity with it as you travel.

If you encounter a snow plough: follow at a safe distance, pass only on the left and if you pass, be aware that road conditions ahead of the plough may be poor.

Watch for Wildlife:

Look out for bighorn sheep, mountain goats, coyotes and deer; they are commonly sighted along the Parkway in winter.
Do not feed or approach wildlife, and stay at least 30 meters from all animals. Pets must be on a leash at all times.

Your safety is our priority. Plan your travel, always check ahead:

Visit www.511.alberta.ca, or call 1-855-391-9743 toll-free, or dial 511 (inside Alberta only) for road conditions inside and outside of the mountain parks in Alberta.

Traffic volume and highway conditions outside the park also impact travel times; for BC road conditions, check www.drivebc.ca.