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Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure: Ice Explorer & Skywalk

1. Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure: Ice Explorer & Skywalk

Begin your unique adventure at the Columbia Icefield Discovery Center. Meet your guide, who will take you to the Athabasca Glacier. At the scheduled time, board your Ice Explorer, a huge vehicle specifically designed for glacial travel, and set off on an exciting ride. During your ride, hear stories and facts about the Columbia Icefield and the glaciers around you. Once on the Glacier, hop off the vehicle to walk on the extremely thick, 25,000-year-old ice and drink cold, pure water from the glacier itself. This is an experience you will never forget. Then, take a short ride to the Columbia Icefield Skywalk. Heighten your senses by walking on a platform where only glass separates you from a 918-foot (279-meter) drop. Marvel at the spectacular views of the mountains, glaciers, and the Sunwapta River with its waterfalls.

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Jasper: Columbia Icefield Skywalk

2. Jasper: Columbia Icefield Skywalk

See giant glaciers perched above you and the spectacular Sunwapta Valley below with this fantastic experience. Feel the adventure as you walk along the Columbia Icefield Skywalk, a cliff-edge walkway 918 feet (279 meters) above the valley floor. Make your way to the Columbia Icefield Discovery Center in Jasper, then board the shuttle to take you to the skywalk.   Upon arrival at the observation platform, collect your audio guide and embark on your adventure. Step onto the glass floor of the Columbia Icefield Skywalk to begin the scenic 1-kilometer walk, surrounded by fantastic views. Marvel at crystal clear waterfalls, admire the mountains and glaciers above, and keep a lookout for wildlife native to the Candian Rockies.

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From Banff: Columbia Icefield Tour with Glacier Skywalk

3. From Banff: Columbia Icefield Tour with Glacier Skywalk

Begin the tour with hotel pickup in Banff and embark on an unforgettable experience. On the way to the Athabasca Glacier, listen as your guide shares stories and facts about the wildlife, geology, culture, and how glaciers have shaped the landscape of the area.  Enjoy spectacular vistas over the Canadian Rockies, turquoise lakes, and numerous glaciers. Stop at Crowfoot Glacier and Bow Lake to capture a perfect picture. The Athabasca Glacier is one of the "six toes" of the Columbia Icefield, and where you’ll have the unique opportunity to walk on a glacier and to sip from its virgin streams. Board a massive Ice Explorer and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime adventure as you ride directly onto the glacier. Afterwards, spend approximately 20 minutes walking on the extremely thick, 25,000-year-old ice. After a delicious hot lunch at Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre, take a short ride to the Columbia Icefield Skywalk. Perched on a cliff on the side of the Sunwapta Valley, this glass-floored platform stretches out for astonishing views. Stride boldly out for a thrilling adventure and enjoy the views of the mountains and glaciers around you, as well as Sunwapta River with its waterfalls and crystal-clear water below. The tour will end with hotel drop-off in Banff.

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What people are saying about Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 331 reviews

Spectacular views and experience. Truly an amazing time. Simon was our guide and he totally rocked it. Very friendly, knowledgeable and took all our pictures for us. Don't go to the Icefields without doing this.

Loved the experience! The vehicles and discovery centre were convenient and clean and the staff were super friendly. The glacier was so fun and I'll definitely go again next time I'm in Jasper.

Once we found where to check.in, everything was very smooth and shuttle to the Skywalk was great. Only negative is all the stairs to check in.

At the first view we were desapointed... but when we go on the glass we were completely filled with wonder and very imprss.

Overall pretty good! Happy about the firm mask requirements.