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Athabasca Glacier: Columbia Icefield Parkway Tour from Banff

Product ID: 226492
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Travel along the world-famous Icefields Parkway and see, touch and even taste the ancient Athabasca Glacier on this full-day tour from Banff. Pass numerous Rocky Mountain peaks, glaciers, waterfalls, and emerald lakes on this incredible adventure.
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Duration: 11 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Pickup included

Please be ready 15 minutes prior to the tour start time. Pickup will be from the lobby of the listed hotels, except in the following cases: • Mount Royal pickup will be from the bus parking area behind the hotel • Banff Springs pickup will be from the Gatehouse Foyer • Banff Centre pickup will be from the PDC Building

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Experience

Highlights
  • Travel along the world-famous Icefields Parkway, one of the world’s most stunning scenic drives
  • Climb aboard the Ice Explorer and travel onto the ancient Athabasca Glacier
  • Take in unparalleled views from the glass floored Glacier Skywalk
  • See iconic Rocky Mountain landmarks such as Bow Lake and the headwaters of the mighty Bow River
  • Pass by numerous peaks, glaciers, waterfalls, and lakes
Itinerary
  • Banff

  • 1.5 hours

  • Crowfoot Glacier Viewpoint (photo stop)

  • Waterfowl Lakes Viewpoint (photo stop)

  • 30 minutes

  • Saskatchewan River Crossing (photo stop)

  • 30 minutes

  • Icefields Parkway (photo stop, lunch, picnic, free time)

  • 40 minutes

  • Columbia Icefield (photo stop, guided tour, walk)

  • Columbia Icefield Skywalk (photo stop, visit, view, self-guided tour)

  • 1.3 hours

  • Bow Lake (photo stop, guided tour)

  • 1.5 hours

  • Banff

5 hours

Pickup included
Main stop
Other stop
Full description
Get picked up from your Banff hotel in a modern mini bus by your friendly guide. Departing from Banff, your friendly 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 amphitheatre 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 approximately 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 kilometre 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.
Includes
  • Banff hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • A professional certified guide
  • Small group tour size (up to 24 guests per guide)
  • Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure: Ice Explorer and Glacier Skywalk
  • Packed lunch
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Sunglasses
Not allowed
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• Early and late season road / trail closures may limit access to some areas
• Infant rates do not include food
Customer reviews
Overall rating
4.8 / 5
based on 6 reviews
Review summary
Service
5.0/5
Organization
5.0/5
Value for money
4.7/5
Safety
5.0/5

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