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  1. Canada
  2. Alberta
  3. Jasper
  4. Athabasca Glacier

Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure: Ice Explorer & Skywalk

Product ID: 284552
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Experience a one-of-a-kind adventure at the Columbia Icefield. Ride in the giant Ice Explorer vehicle on the Athabasca Glacier and take a short walk on the ancient ice. Admire the views of the valley from the glass-bottomed Columbia Icefield Skywalk.
About this activity
Duration 2.5 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Audio guide/headphones
Chinese, French, Japanese, Korean
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Walk on and touch the famous 25,000-year-old Athabasca Glacier
  • Ride in the massive Ice Explorer on the glacier for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure
  • Amble on the glass-bottomed Skywalk above the Sunwapta Valley, 918 feet (279 meters) below
  • Taste glacier water straight from the Athabasca Glacier
  • Learn how glaciers have shaped the landscape around you with your guide
Full description
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, listen to your guide's 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 with your guide 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 and glaciers around you and the Sunwapta River with its waterfalls and crystal clear glacier water below.
  • Guided tour to Athabasca Glacier on Ice Explorer
  • Admission to Columbia Icefield Skywalk
  • Live English commentary on Ice Explorer
  • Multilingual audio guide on the skywalk
  • Shuttle to/from the glacier and the skywalk from the Columbia Icefield Discovery Center
  • Taxes and fees
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drink
  • Transportation to/from the Columbia Icefield Discovery Center

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Please make your way to the Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre to start your tour, AB-93, Jasper, AB T1L 1J3, Canada. Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure time.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Sunscreen
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• Please note, this is a popular attraction and it can get crowded. Consider an afternoon visit; it is usually less busy.
• The tour might be rescheduled or cancelled due to inclement weather. It is recommended that you book the adventure on your first available day so you have the chance to reschedule.
• You can stay on the glacier for 20 minutes and spend as much time as you want at the Columbia Icefield Skywalk
• You have to make your own way to the Columbia Icefield Discovery Center
• If the departure time you request is sold out a later departure time will be available (tours depart every 15-30 minutes)
• Washrooms are available at the Columbia Icefield Discovery Center but there are no washrooms available during the tour
• The audio devices are subject to availability and are not available when it is raining
• Take warm layers including gloves and a waterproof jacket because the weather on the glacier changes unpredictably
• Take a bottle that you can fill with glacier water
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Product ID: 284552