Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure: Ice Explorer & Skywalk

Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure: Ice Explorer & Skywalk

From $91.72 per person

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

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
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Live tour guide
English
Audio guide included
French, Chinese, Japanese, Korean
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • 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.
Includes
  • 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
  • Food and drink
  • Transportation to/from the Columbia Icefield Discovery Center
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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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
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 101 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.4/5
  • Transportation
    4.5/5
  • Value for money
    4.2/5
  • Safety
    4.7/5

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I think the best part of the experience is the cat trak that takes you up onto the glacier. The glacier itself is interesting but sad that it is receding at such a fast pace. It makes you wonder that not only climate change is happening but just how much are we affecting the glacier by being on it.

August 30, 2021

Unique experience with well equipped team. A chance to see in person a geologic wonder. Be sure to book ahead as buying at trips at your time of choosing May not be available. Would be very beneficial if they offered on line check in and tickets rather than just providing a voucher that forces you to stand in line with those trying to buy day of tix. Be prepared for a very chaotic ticketing process once you arrive.

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August 27, 2021

We went when it was snowing but our expectations weren’t spoiled at all! The staff were so helpful, systematic and while the mountains were covered with snow, the drive to glacier was so exciting. Special mention to our aweSAM tour guide, who drove us to the Glacier making our tour entertaining, thrilling and memorable.

August 25, 2021

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