The Canadian Rockies Route connects Coeur d’Alene, ID, to Jasper, AB
Length: 479 miles
Routes: U.S. 95, Trans-Canada 1, Canada 93
Road Surface: Paved
Season: Open all year
The Canadian Rockies Route begins in Coeur d’Alene, ID, and follows U.S. Highway 95 then BC Highways 3/95 and 93 north to connect with a short portion of Trans-Canada 1, before heading up the spectacular Icefields Parkway to Jasper, AB, for a total distance of 479 miles/771 km. U.S. Highway 95 runs almost the entire length of Idaho. BC Highways 95/93 take travelers through the tourist destinations of Fairmont Hot Springs, Radium Hot Springs and Kootenay National Park. Canada Highway 93 (the Icefields Parkway) is one of the most scenic drives in North America, traversing Alberta’s Banff and Jasper national parks in the central Canadian Rockies.
Reservations are strongly recommended for camping and lodging along this route in summer. For campsite reservations in Canadian national parks, go to https://reservation.pc.gc.ca. Most Canadian national park campgrounds are open from May through September.
NOTE: All RVs and buses are permitted on the Icefields Parkway. Restrictions apply commercial vehicles and U-Hauls that weigh more than 4550 kg/10,031 lbs. fully loaded. Overweight commercial vehicles (greater than 4550 kg/ 10,031 lbs.) servicing businesses on the Icefields Parkway may obtain a permit in advance. All other overweight vehicles, including commercial moving trucks and transport trucks, are prohibited. If you are towing or driving a moving truck or trailer you may not be able to drive the Icefields Parkway. See www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/banff/visit/les10-top10/glaciers-icefields for details.
Emergency Services: Dial 911; RCMP in Banff, phone 403-762-2226; RCMP in Jasper, phone 780-852-4848.
Map (1 detailed pdf file available):
Coeur d’Alene, ID, to Jasper, AB
The MILEPOST® Quick Reference Log
Miles from Coeur d’Alene (CR) shown.
CR 0 COEUR D’ALENE (pop. 50,665); all services. Northbound travelers head north on Interstate 5.
CR 4 Traffic light at Hayden Avenue; Exxon gas station. HAYDEN (pop. 14,344) city center to east; food, gas, lodging.
CR 15.5 Exit 446 to Silverwood Theme Park and Boulder Beach Water Parkon west side of highway, Silverwood parking lot and RV park on east side of highway; a turn-of-the-century Victorian town with live entertainment, restaurants and rides. Silverwood RV Park is open from early May through October, with 126 full-hookup sites and 41 tent sites.
CR 18.5 Exit 449 to ATHOL (pop. 427); hardware and
food stores at exit. Junction with Idaho Highway 54 west to Spirit Lake and Twin Lakes resort areas and east to Bayview and Farragut State Park on Lake Pend Orville.
CR 36 Turnoff to Round Lake State Park, 2 miles west on Dufort Road; 16 serviced sites, 35 standard (2 handicap accessible); trailers limited to 24 feet. Facilities include picnic sites, water, toilets, swimming, fishing, trails, a boat ramp, central water, a dump station, and flush toilets.
CR 44 Turnoff for SANDPOINT (pop. 8,390); all visitor services, including major chain hotels/motels and restaurants/fast-food outlets. Visitor Information. Sandpoint is located at the north end of Lake Pend Oreille.
CR 76 BONNERS FERRY (pop. 2,603); al services. Visitor Information. Bonners Ferry is a mecca for wildlife photographers, with wildlife viewing at Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge, 5 miles west from downtown’s Kootenai River bridge.
CR 109.5 Moyie River bridge. EASTPORT (pop. 64; elev. 2,580 feet), U.S. Customs and Border Protection; open 24 hours, 7 days a week; phone 208-267-3966. More information at www.usborder.com/border-crossings/id/eastport-kingsgate.U.S.–Canada international boundary. Crossing the Pacific–Mountain time zone line. Turn your watch back 1 hour if you are headed north; forward 1 hour if you are headed south.
CR 109.7 Kingsgate Canada border station; open 24 hours, 7 days a week; phone (204) 983-3500. U.S.–Canada international boundary. Crossing the Pacific–Mountain time zone line.
CR 119 Turnoff for Yahk Provincial Parkon the Moyie River; 26 campsites, picnic area adjacent river (dogs and alcohol prohibited). Camping fee $21; park is open mid-May through September.
CR 160 Turnoff for downtown CRANBROOK (pop. 19,319), the main shopping and distribution center for the East Kootenays; Highways 93/3 become Van Horne Street in Cranbrook. Accommodations, services and shopping facilities are available along the highway through town and in the town center.
CR 229 Fairmont Hot Springs, a resort community with food, gas, lodging, camping and post office. Fairmont Hot Springs Resort (phone 250-345-6070 or 1-800-663-4979) offers lodging, an RV park, restaurants, hot mineral pools, 3 golf courses, tennis courts, and many other amenities.
CR 252 Entering RADIUM HOT SPRINGS (pop. 1,000), a resort community offering an array of restaurants, motel and resort accommodations, gas stations and other services.. Visitor Information. Turnoff by visitor center for Redstreak Kootenay National Park campground (reservations).
CR 253 Kootenay National Park entrance gate for northbound travelers. National Park pass required for Banff, Jasper, Yoho and Kootenay; fee charged.
CR 254 Radium Hot Springs; outdoor hot mineral pool, swimming pool, plunge pool, spa. Parking for cars, RVs and motorcoaches in main parking lot. Pools open daily year-round; seasonal hours.
CR 270 McLeod Meadows Kootenay National Park picnic area and campground (reservations).
CR 308 Marble Canyon Kootenay National Park campground (reservations).
CR 318.5 Castle Junction. Junction of Trans-Canada Highway 1 and BC Highway 93.
CR 334.5 Exit south to LAKE LOUISE (pop. 1,500), a popular destination resort serving summer tourists and winter skiers. Visitor Information. Food, gas, diesel, lodging, and shopping. Camping at Lake Louise Banff National Park campground.
CR 336 Junction of Trans–Canada Highway 1 with Highway 93 North (Icefields Parkway).
CR 351 Mosquito Creek Banff National Park campground.
CR 361.5 Bow Summit (elev. 2,088m/6,849 feet), ighest point on the Icefield’s Parkway. Short paved side road west to Peyto Lake viewpoint.
CR 368 Silverhorn Banff National Park campground.
CR 371.5 Waterfowl Lake Banff National Park campground.
CR 384 Saskatchewan Crossing; seasonal resort offers dining, lodging, gas/diesel/propane, dump station and overnight RV parking.
CR 391.5 Rampark Creek Banff National Park campground.
CR 413 Wilcox Creek Jasper National Park campground.
CR 414 Icefield Jasper National Park campground; tents only.
CR 414.5 Columbia Icefield Discovery Center; interpretive displays, information services, gift shop, restrooms, restaurant and cafeteria. Icefields Center Jasper National Park RV campground.
CR 414.5 Athabasca Glacier trail access and parking.
CR 418.5 Glacier Skywalk to west; no public parking, no public access without a ticket.
CR 431 Jonas Creek Jasper National Park campground.
CR 445 Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mountain Lodge to west; lodging, restaurant. Sunwapta Falls viewpoint and picnic area 1 km/0.6 mile west via paved road; parking, toilets, and short walk to falls at end of access road.
CR 447.5 Honeymoon Lake Jasper National Park campground.
CR 457 Mount Kerkeslin Jasper National Park campground.
CR 459.5 Junction with south end of Highway 93A; access to Athabasca Falls.
CR 474.5 Junction with Highway 93A; access west to Marmot Basin ski area, Edith Cavell trailhead parking (3.2 miles/5.1 km) and Wabasso Jasper National Park campground (5.6 miles/9 km).
CR 476.5 Wapiti Jasper National Park campground.
CR 477.5 Turnoff to west for Whistlers Jasper National Park campground and Jasper Skytram.
CR 478.5 Traffic light at junction of Highway 93 and Yellowhead Highway 16. Continue 0.8 mile/1.3 km north across Highway 16 via Connaught Drive for downtown JASPER (pop. 5,236). Visitor Information: Jasper National Park Information Center, open year-round.
Jasper is a year-round international tourist destination, offering a wide variety of both accommodations and places to eat and drink. Plenty of shopping in the compact, pedestrian-friendly town center.
Public parking for cars and RVs available along Connaught Drive. There is a dedicated RV/trailer parking lot on Hazel Avenue between Connaught Drive and Yellowhead Highway 16.