From the Glacier to the Sky

If there is one thing you should do when you visit the Canadian Rockies, it is the Glacier Adventure. This once-in-a-lifetime excursion 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. Then, take 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 – a massive vehicle specially designed for glacier travel. On this thrilling trip, an experienced driver-guide will share a wealth of 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 ice 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. The entire journey is presented in an interpretive storytelling format that will leave you feeling connected to a natural world that few people get to experience.

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AGES 6-15 $43*
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Make the Most Out Of Your Visit

Beat The Crowds
The best time to visit the Columbia Icefield is before 11:00 am or after 3:00 pm. Beat the crowds, increase your chance of wildlife sightings and take advantage of enhanced experiences like a guided morning tour on the Glacier Skywalk.
Glacier Skywalk Amphitheatre
Enjoy an interactive learning experience that covers a wide range of topics, including Herbivores vs. Carnivores, Bears of the Rockies, Fossils in the Mountains and the Engineering of the Glacier Skywalk. Located in the amphitheatre, presentations are free of charge and run daily every half hour from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. If you’d like to learn more, guides are on hand all around the attraction to educate you about birds, bighorn sheep and other animals. This is a great opportunity to ask questions, handle unique props and have one-on-one conversations with our guides.
Glacier Skywalk
Short on time? The Glacier Skywalk can be purchased as a separate experience, giving you an incredible Rocky Mountain experience in less than an hour. Find out more »
Columbia Icefield Curio Shop
Located on the first floor of the Glacier Discovery Centre, the Curio Shop offers clothing, postcards and other souvenirs perfect for preserving your memories of the Columbia Icefield.
Altitude and Chalet Restaurants
Enjoy two all-new restaurants! Chalet is a casual, fresh-food restaurant with a grab-and-go menu that makes it easy to get back to exploring. Altitude features full table service and locally sourced Canadian cuisine. We recommend stopping at Altitude early in the day or in the evening for a relaxed dining experience.
Columbia Icefield Sightseeing Tours
Let us drive while you explore the Icefields Parkway. Join a sightseeing tour that includes the Glacier Adventure, the Glacier Skywalk and other iconic locations on the Icefields Parkway. 
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Hours & Rates

Hours & Rates

2017 Seasonal Rates
Save 10% when you book in advance*
Adults (age 16+) $85.00 $94.00
Child (age 6-15) $43.00 $47.00
Infant (age 0-5) Free Free

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  • *Advanced Booking is 48 hrs+ before arrival. Some restrictions may apply.
  • 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.
2017 Operating Hours
Apr 14 to Apr 30 Daily 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
May 1 to May 26 Daily 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
May 27 to Sep 3 Daily 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sep 4 to Oct 1 Daily 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Oct 2 to Oct 15 Daily 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Oct 16 to Oct 29 Ice Explorer Glacier Tour Only 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

  • Tours depart every 15 to 30 minutes - weather permitting.
  • To take part in the full Glacier Adventure tour the latest departure time from the Glacier Discovery Centre is 1.5 hours before the closing time listed above OR 30 minutes before during Jun 26 - Sep 3, 2017. Individual attractions are available until closing time.
  • 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 10am-11am or late in the day from 3pm-5pm.
  • Rates & hours of operation subject to change without notice.
  • Please allow around 3 hours for this excursion. 
  • Attraction tickets are non-refundable.

Getting Here

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.
Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre, Icefields Parkway
The Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre is located on the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93 N) – 1 hour south of Jasper and 2.5 hours north of Banff. The Icefields Parkway has been recognized as one of the most scenic drives in the world, with over 100 visible glaciers, turquoise lakes, rushing waterfalls and numerous hiking trails, picnic spots and campgrounds.

All vehicles must park at the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre when visiting the Glacier Adventure and Glacier Skywalk.

Tours depart every 15 to 30 minutes from the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre. 

No car? No worries! Explore Rockies sightseeing tours provide tours from Banff & Jasper that include the Glacier Advenure. We offer pick-up & drop-off service at most of the major hotels in Banff.

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