Thanks so much for all the good sites. I need to be in Anchorage by a certain date so was taking the more direct route. Would love to come back through the Icefields Parkway and Lake Louise on the way back. Will not feel rushed and will be able to take our time. Plus most of the summer rush should be out of the way, Thanks for all the provincial park sites I can check out. What a group here !!!
FYI, check the other thread in this forum regarding closures along the Alaska Highway north of Watson Lake. Hopefully they'll get the road reopened in a few days and not affect your schedule.
You can by-pass Edmonton by taking Hwy 39 west at Leduc or Hwy 19 west a few miles farther north past the airport. Then take Hwy 60 north through Devon to Hwy 16.
Saving the Icefields Parkway for the return journey is not a bad idea to offset the shock of getting back to civilization after so many miles of open road on the Alaska Highway. I'd also suggest returning via the Cassiar Highway for some different scenery.