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Athabasca Glacier: Columbia Icefield Parkway Tour from Banff

1. Athabasca Glacier: Columbia Icefield Parkway Tour from Banff

Get picked up from your Banff hotel in a modern mini bus by your friendly guide. Departing from Banff, your guide will welcome you on the tour with an overview of where you'll be headed as you sit back and enjoy the ride along the Icefields Parkway, one of the world’s most stunning scenic drives. Because you don’t have to navigate or watch the road, this tour lets you to focus on the amphitheater of mountains towering above as you keep your eyes peeled for wildlife at the edges of the forest. The highlight of the tour is the Glacier Adventure, located halfway along the Icefields Parkway near the border of Jasper National Park. Stop at the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre and board a bus that will take you to the specially designed 56-passenger Ice Explorer vehicle. Then, drive onto the Athabasca Glacier that is thousands of years old. After learning about the glacier along the way, enjoy 20 minutes of free time on the glacier to soak up the views, touch this ancient sheet of ice, and even drink pure, cold water straight from the glacier. From here, head to the nearby glass floor Glacier Skywalk and follow the 1-kilometer walkway that leads to a platform where glass is all that separates you from a 918-foot (280 m) drop. As you step out on the cliff-edge walkway, witness the giant glaciers perched above you and admire the views of the spectacular Sunwapta Valley spread out below. After the Glacier Adventure component of the tour (around 3 hours in total), there will be a scenic stop (weather permitting) to enjoy your hearty packed lunch of a sandwich, juice, fruit, chips, and brownies. Visit iconic landmarks along the Icefields Parkway such as Bow Lake, the headwaters of the mighty Bow River before heading back to Banff.

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What people are saying about Waterfowl Lakes Viewpoint

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 20 reviews

Our guide Annik was amazing! She told great stories and had lots of great local interest information!! It was such an awesome experience to go out on to the glacier, we didn’t know exactly what to expect and we were definitely not disappointed!!

We had a wonderful day! I recommend this activity, it was just fantastic. What can we say about our guide the magnificent and magical Annik, an extraordinary lady with a lot of knowledge of the region.

Everything was perfect! Pleasantly surprised from start to finish!

Comfortable drive and entertaining guide. Highly recommended

Our guide Rob was amazing! Thanks for all the knowledge!