Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure

The Great Wall of China, the Statue of Liberty, the Pyramids of Egypt; every corner of the world has its must-see attraction… in the Canadian Rockies, it’s the Glacier Adventure.
 
This tour takes visitors onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier by Ice Explorer; a massive vehicle specially designed for glacial travel. An experienced driver-guide shares a wealth of fascinating information about glaciers, icefields and their impact on our environment during this one hour and 20 minute journey.
 
Mid-point in the tour, passengers can safely step out onto the glacier and take in the most stunning alpine and glacial vistas. Tours depart every 15-30 mins from the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre.
 
This is a once in a lifetime experience!
80 Minutes
from $54.95
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Hours & Rates

2015 Retail Rates
Adults (age 16+) $54.95
Child (age 6-15) $27.50
Infant (age 0-5) Free

  • 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
2015 Operating Hours
Apr 17 to Apr 30 Daily 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
May 1 to May 29 Daily 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
May 30 to Sep 7 Daily 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sep 8 to Sep 30 Daily 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Oct 1 to Oct 18 Daily 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

  • Ice Explorers depart every 15 to 30 minutes - weather permitting
  • Reservations are not required for individuals
  • Rates & hours of operation subject to change without notice
  • Please allow 1.5 hours for this excursion

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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