Columbia Icefield Glacier Tours

The Columbia Icefield is located on the boundary of Banff and Jasper National Parks. One of the largest accumulations of ice and snow south of the Arctic Circle, it covers an area of nearly 325 square kilometres. The continuous accumulation of snow feeds eight major glaciers including the Athabasca, Dome, and Stutfield Glaciers, all visible from the Icefields Parkway. The Columbia Icefield Glacier Experience includes deluxe motorcoach transportation and sightseeing from various locations including hotels in Banff, Lake Louise, Calgary and Jasper.

 
Alpine Explorer  -  Admission

Alpine Explorer - Admission

Experience some of the most spectacular scenery found anywhere in the Canadian Rockies as you discover Banff & Jasper National Parks with the Alpine Explorer package.
Includes one admission to the Glacier Adventure and Banff Lake Cruise for ONE LOW PRICE.

Columbia Icefield & Glacier Adventure (end in Banff)  -  11.5 hours

Columbia Icefield & Glacier Adventure (end in Banff) - 11.5 hours

Voyage through the remnants of the last Ice Age and look upon the monuments of rock and ice that still remain today. While at the Columbia Icefield, have the experience of a lifetime on the surface of the Athabasca Glacier on one of our specially designed, all-terrain Ice Explorers. You will also have the opportunity to experience one of Canada's newest attractions - the Glacier Skywalk! The Ice Age meets the Space Age as you learn all about the natural and human history of this remarkable area.

Columbia Icefield & Glacier Adventure (end in Banff)  -  8 hours

Columbia Icefield & Glacier Adventure (end in Banff) - 8 hours

Follow the mystical rivers of the mountains: the Mistaya, and the mighty North Saskatchewan to the Columbia Icefield where its meltwater feeds streams and rivers that pour into the Arctic, Atlantic and the Pacific oceans. Experience our Ice Explorer ride where you will travel on a moving glacier, touch ancient ice and drink the fresh waters of the glacier. Get a birds-eye view of the Sunwapta Valley from 280 metres (918ft) above at the brand new Glacier Skywalk.

Columbia Icefield & Glacier Adventure (end in Lake Louise)  -  10.5 hours

Columbia Icefield & Glacier Adventure (end in Lake Louise) - 10.5 hours

Follow the mystical rivers of the mountains: the Mistaya, and the mighty North Saskatchewan to the Columbia Icefield where its meltwater feeds streams and rivers that pour into the Arctic, Atlantic and the Pacific oceans. Experience our Ice Explorer ride where you will travel on a moving glacier, touch ancient ice and drink the fresh waters of the glacier. Get a birds-eye view of the Sunwapta Valley from 280 metres (918ft) above at the brand new Glacier Skywalk.

Columbia Icefield & Glacier Adventure (end in Lake Louise)  -  8 hours

Columbia Icefield & Glacier Adventure (end in Lake Louise) - 8 hours

Follow the mystical rivers of the mountains: the Mistaya, and the mighty North Saskatchewan to the Columbia Icefield where its meltwater feeds streams and rivers that pour into the Arctic, Atlantic and the Pacific oceans. Experience our Ice Explorer ride where you will travel on a moving glacier, touch ancient ice and drink the fresh waters of the glacier. Get a birds-eye view of the Sunwapta Valley from 280 metres (918ft) above at the brand new Glacier Skywalk.

Columbia Icefield Discovery & Glacier Adventure  -  12 hours

Columbia Icefield Discovery & Glacier Adventure - 12 hours

Voyage through the remnants of the last Ice Age and gaze upon the monuments of rock and ice that still remain today. When at the Columbia Icefield, experience the adventure of a lifetime on the surface of the mighty Athabasca Glacier, riding in a specially designed all-terrain Ice Explorer. Hover between land and sky with the Glacier Skywalk as you step out onto a glass-floored observation platform 280 metres (918 ft) above the Sunwapta Valley.

Columbia Icefield Discovery & Glacier Adventure  -  14 hours

Columbia Icefield Discovery & Glacier Adventure - 14 hours

Travel into the Rocky Mountains and along one of the world's most spectacular journeys to the Columbia Icefield. At the Athabasca Glacier, Brewster's all-terrain Ice Explorers will take you on a 90-minute ice age adventure to experience ancient ice and a moving glacier. Get a birds-eye view of the Sunwapta Valley from the 280 metres (918ft) above at the Glacier Skywalk.

Columbia Icefield Discovery & Glacier Adventure  -  5.5 hours

Columbia Icefield Discovery & Glacier Adventure - 5.5 hours

Voyage through the remnants of the last Ice Age and look upon the monuments of rock and ice that still remain today. While at the Columbia Icefield, have the experience of a lifetime on the surface of the Athabasca Glacier on one of our specially designed, all-terrain Ice Explorers. You will also have the opportunity to experience one of Canada's newest attractions - the Glacier Skywalk! The Ice Age meets the Space Age as you learn all about the natural and human history of this remarkable area.

Columbia Icefield Discovery & Glacier Adventure  -  7 hours

Columbia Icefield Discovery & Glacier Adventure - 7 hours

Travel into the Rocky Mountains and along one of the world's most spectacular journeys to the Columbia Icefield. At the Athabasca Glacier, Brewster's all-terrain Ice Explorers will take you on a 90-minute ice age adventure to experience ancient ice and a moving glacier. Get a birds-eye view of the Sunwapta Valley from the 280 metres (918ft) above at the Glacier Skywalk.

Columbia Icefield Discovery & Glacier Adventure  -  9.5 hours

Columbia Icefield Discovery & Glacier Adventure - 9.5 hours

Voyage through the remnants of the last Ice Age and gaze upon the monuments of rock and ice that still remain today. When at the Columbia Icefield, experience the adventure of a lifetime on the surface of the mighty Athabasca Glacier on a specially designed all-terrain Ice Explorer. Hover between land and sky with the Glacier Skywalk as you step out onto a glass-floored observation platform 280 metres (918 ft) above the Sunwapta Valley. This one-of-a-kind interpretive experience will immerse you in the best the Canadian Rockies have to offer.

Columbia Icefield Scenic Walk  -  2 hours

Columbia Icefield Scenic Walk - 2 hours

The Columbia Icefield is home to one of the most interesting and unique environments in the Canadian Rockies. This scenic walk provide visitors with an up-close educational journey along the path of a glacier, offering visible evidence of the glacier’s path, enlightenment on the impact of glacial melt water, a behind the scenes look at this harsh environment and how plants and wildlife survive in such conditions, as well as a brief look at the human history in the area.

Glacier Adventure - Ticket Only  -  1.5 hours

Glacier Adventure - Ticket Only - 1.5 hours

One of the largest accumulations of ice south of the Arctic Circle, the Columbia Icefield covers an area of nearly 215 square kilometres (83 square miles) and is guarded by 11 of the Rockies' 22 highest peaks. The Icefield feeds eight major outlet glaciers, three of Canada's largest rivers and eventually three oceans. You will travel onto the glacier in a specially designed Ice Explorer to a turnaround point atop 333 metres (1092 ft) of ice.

Glacier Explorer  -  Admission

Glacier Explorer - Admission

Explore Canada’s national treasure, the magnificent Columbia Icefield. From ancient glaciers and broad sweeping valleys to rushing waterfalls and glacial vistas, step out and experience one of the most unique ecosystems in the world.
Includes one admission to the Glacier Adventure and Glacier Skywalk for ONE LOW PRICE.

Glacier Skywalk  -  1 hour

Glacier Skywalk - 1 hour

Enjoy a birds-eye view of the Sunwapta Valley from the Rockies' most exciting new attraction. Opening in May 2014, the Glacier Skywalk includes an interpretive cliff-edge walkway that leads to a breathtaking glass-floored observation platform suspended 280 metres (918 ft) above the Sunwapta Valley floor. Flat. Out. Awesome!

Ice Cubed  -  3 hours

Ice Cubed - 3 hours

This three to four hour walk explores the lower half of the Athabasca Glacier and offers superb views of glacial features, ice carved landscapes and other alpine glaciers. Throughout the trip, short stops are made to introduce the concepts of active glaciation and features of a glacially carved landscape. There are many examples of moraines, millwells and small crevasses. The surrounding peaks are amongst the most stunning in the Canadian Rockies.

Icewalk Deluxe  -  5 hours

Icewalk Deluxe - 5 hours

This 5-6 hour trip takes you up the entire length of the lower Athabasca Glacier, usually culminating in an ascent into the lowest of three icefalls. Going into some of the most rugged sections of the glacier, this hike is guaranteed to take your breath away! In the upper sections of the trip you'll have the opportunity to look into crevasses, gawk at towering seracs of ice and maybe even see an ice avalanche or two.

Icewalk in the Afternoon  -  3 hours

Icewalk in the Afternoon - 3 hours

This 3 hour walk takes you up the lower two kilometres of the glacier. Throughout the trip, short stops are made to introduce the concepts of active glaciation and features of a glacially carved landscape. There are many examples of moraines, millwells and small crevasses.The surrounding peaks are amongst the most stunning in the Canadian Rockies.

Mountain Explorer  -  Admission

Mountain Explorer - Admission

You will feel like you're on top of the world when you explore the best attractions in the Canadian Rockies with the Mountain Explorer package.
Includes one admission to the Glacier Adventure and Banff Gondola for ONE LOW PRICE.

Ultimate Columbia Icefield Tour  -  55 minutes

Ultimate Columbia Icefield Tour - 55 minutes

If you're looking for the ultimate sightseeing tour of the Canadian Rockies, this 55-minute scenic heli-tour is the activity for you! Featuring the Jewel of Jasper National Park, the Columbia Icefield, this tour will bring you over spectacular glaciers, sparkling mountain lakes, and absolutely breathtaking waterfalls. Surrounded by some of the highest peaks in the Canadian Rockies and feeding eight major glaciers, the Columbia Icefield will leave an impression that lasts for a lifetime!

Ultimate Explorer  -  Admission

Ultimate Explorer - Admission

4 must-see attractions. 1 amazing price! This is the best way to explore the top experiences in the Canadian Rockies.
Includes one admission to the Glacier Adventure, Glacier Skywalk, Banff Gondola, and Banff Lake Cruise for ONE LOW PRICE.

Valley Explorer  -  Admission

Valley Explorer - Admission

Discover how the retreating glaciers helped form the unique valleys, lakes and waterfalls of the Canadian Rockies with our Valley Explorer package. Step out onto one of the largest glaciers in North America, then soar above the Sunwapta Valley on the all new Glacier Skywalk and then cruise the deep waters of Lake Minnewanka.
Includes one admission to the Glacier Adventure, Glacier Skywalk, and Banff Lake Cruise for ONE LOW PRICE.

Vista Explorer  -  Admission

Vista Explorer - Admission

Revel in the stunning mountain and glacial vistas of the Canadian Rockies. Discover the unforgettable Columbia Icefield and its magnificent glaciers. Soar to the summit of Sulphur Mountain for a breathtaking view of six mountain ranges.
Includes one admission to the Glacier Adventure, Glacier Skywalk, and Banff Gondola for ONE LOW PRICE.

Facing the Columbia Icefield Visitors' Centre lies the Athabasca Glacier - a tongue of ice 6 kilometres long and one kilometre wide. Take time for Brewster's Ice Age Adventure, a tour onto the icy slopes of the Athabasca Glacier. You will travel in a specially designed Brewster Ice Explorer to the middle of the glacier, on a 5 kilometre round trip journey. Your driver/guide will explain how glaciers are formed and point out interesting geological features as you travel in safety and comfort. At the mid-point, you will have the option of stepping out onto ice formed from snow falling as long as 400 years ago.

After this unique adventure, you can retire to the Columbia Icefield Centre to relax over lunch or dinner and watch the light change over the ancient rock and ice.

 


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