Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure

If there is one thing you should do when you visit the Canadian Rockies, it is the Glacier Adventure. This once-in-a lifetime experience will leave you feeling exhilarated and inspired, with an amazing ride on a massive Ice Explorer to trek onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier and a jaw-dropping walk along the glass-floored Glacier Skywalk at the cliff’s edge.
 
The adventure begins with a ride onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier in the all-terrain Ice Explorer while your experienced driver-guide will share fascinating information about glaciers, icefields and their impact on our environment. Your tour includes a stop along the glacier, where you can walk on the glacier and fill your water bottle with fresh glacier water. It’s the perfect time to capture the beauty of the icefield’s breathtaking mountain setting.
 
The grand finale to this experience is a stroll along the cliff-edged walkway of the Glacier Skywalk, where giant glaciers rest above and the spectacular glacier-formed Sunwapta Valley teems with wildlife below. Experience waterfalls, wildlife, fossils and more on this exciting 1-kilometre cliff-edged walkway that leads to a platform where glass is all that separates you from a 918-foot drop. 
 
Tours depart every 15-30 mins from the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre from April to October. From there guests will be able to hop-on any of the designated Ice Explorers departing the glacier every 12 minutes to transfer to the Glacier Skywalk.
from $80.00

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Hours & Rates

Hours & Rates

2016 Retail Rates
Adults (age 16+) $80.00
Child (age 6-15) $40.00
Infant (age 0-5) Free

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  • Children age 5 and under ride for free when sharing a seat with an adult
  • Rates are subject to GST and are quoted in Canadian funds
  • All prices are subject to change at any time without notice.
2016 Operating Hours
Apr 15 to Apr 29 Daily 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Apr 30 to May 27 Daily 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
May 28 to Sep 4 Daily 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sep 5 to Oct 2 Daily 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Oct 3 to Oct 16 Daily 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

  • Tours depart every 15 to 30 minutes - weather permitting.
  • Tour times are required and subject to availability. Tour times can be booked in advance at an Explore Rockies location or upon arrival at the attraction. To avoid peak times, plan your visit in the early morning from 9am-11am or late in the day from 4pm-6pm.
  • Rates & hours of operation subject to change without notice.
  • Please allow around 3 hours for this excursion. 
  • Attraction tickets are non-refundable.

Getting Here

Driving Distances to the Columbia Icefield
Banff, AB 180 km 2.5 hrs
Jasper, AB 108 km 1 hr
Lake Louise, AB 120 km 1.5 hrs
Calgary, AB 308 km 3.5 hrs
Edmonton, AB 450 km 5 hrs
Vancouver, BC 932 km 10.5 hrs

Note: Drive times are based on direct travel routes and exclude stop times for sightseeing.

GPS Coordinates:

Driving here in a car with GPS? Enter the following coordinates into your GPS unit: Latitude 52°13.220 N and Longitude 117°13.441 W.
Directions
The Glacier Adventure departs from the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre. Ample parking for vehicles, RVs and motor coaches is available onsite. The Centre is located on the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93 N), recognized as one of the most scenic routes in the world with turquoise lakes, rushing waterfalls and over 100 visible glaciers.
 
Travelers heading north from Banff and Lake Louise follow the Mistaya and North Saskatchewan River systems, passing by the iconic sights of Bow Lake, Peyto Lake, Crowfoot Glacier, and the Weeping Wall. From Jasper, the route passes Athabasca Falls and the Sunwapta Canyon. This rugged expanse of mountain wilderness is home to elk, bighorn sheep, moose, mountain goats, grizzly bears, and black bears.
 
From Banff, travel 57 kms (35 miles) north on the Trans-Canada Hwy #1 to Lake Louise. Pass the Lake Louise turnoff and continue for approximately 1 km, watch for the Hwy 93N exit indicating the Columbia Icefield. Follow Hwy 93N for 125 kilometers (78 miles), to the Columbia Icefield. 
 
From Calgary, travel 183 kms (114 miles) west on the Trans-Canada Hwy #1 to Lake Louise.  Pass the Lake Louise turnoff and continue for approximately 1 km, watch for the Hwy 93N exit indicating the Columbia Icefield. Follow Hwy 93N for 125 kilometers (78 miles), to the Columbia Icefield. 

From Edmonton, travel 366 kms (220 miles) west on Yellowhead Hwy #16, to Jasper. Proceed past the Jasper turnoff approximately 2kms to the 93S Junction. Turn left onto 93S Icefields Parkway and follow for 102 kms (63 miles) to the Columbia Icefield.

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