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 $49.95
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We're open and welcoming guests! The intermittent closures of Highway 93 have been lifted. Some of our sightseeing tours will continue to operate on revised schedules until July 23rd.  Continue Reading >
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We're open and welcoming guests! Some of our sightseeing tours are currently on revised schedules until July 23rd. Continue Reading ->

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Hours & Rates

Hours & Rates

2014 Retail Rates
Adults (age 16+) $49.95
Child (age 6-15) $24.95
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
2014 Operating Hours
18 Apr to 30 Apr Daily 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
1 May to 31 May Daily 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
1 Jun to 1 Sep Daily 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
2 Sep to 30 Sep Daily 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
1 Oct to 19 Oct 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 Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre is the departure point for the Glacier Adventure. There is no parking available onsite at the Glacier Skywalk. There is ample parking for vehicles, RVs and motor coaches at the Glacier Discovery Centre. The Glacier Discovery Centre is located on the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93 N) approximately 6 kilometres south of the Glacier Skywalk - 1 hour from Jasper and 2.5 hours from Banff. The Icefields Parkway has been recognized as one of the most scenic drives in the world with over one hundred visible glaciers, turquoise lakes, rushing waterfalls and numerous hiking trails, picnic spots and campgrounds.
 
Travelers heading north from Banff or Lake Louise will follow the Bow, Mistaya and North Saskatchewan Rivers and experience such spectacular sights as Lake Louise, Bow Lake, Peyto and Crowfoot Glaciers, Mistaya Canyon and the Weeping Wall. From Jasper, the route passes Athabasca Falls and the Sunwapta Canyon. It is an unmatched majestic beauty and a wilderness habitat for elk, bighorn sheep, moose, mountain goat and both grizzly and black bears.
 
Leaving Banff, travel 57 kilometers (35 miles) north on the Trans-Canada Highway #1 to Lake Louise. Then travel 125 kilometers (78 miles) north, from Lake Louise on The Icefields Parkway Hwy 93N to the Columbia Icefield.
 
Leaving Calgary, travel 183 kilometers (114 miles) west on the Trans-Canada Highway #1 to Lake Louise. Then travel 125 kilometers (78 miles) north, from Lake Louise on The Icefields Parkway Hwy 93N to the Columbia Icefield.

Leaving Edmonton, travel 366 kilometers (220 miles) west on The Yellowhead Hwy #16, to Jasper. Then travel 108 kilometers (67 miles) south on The Icefields Parkway Hwy 93N, to the Columbia Icefield.
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