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  • Jasper: Columbia Icefield Skywalk

    1. Jasper: Columbia Icefield Skywalk

    See giant glaciers perched above you and the spectacular Sunwapta Valley below with this fantastic experience. Feel the adventure as you walk along the Columbia Icefield Skywalk, a cliff-edge walkway 918 feet (279 meters) above the valley floor. Make your way to the Columbia Icefield Discovery Center in Jasper, then board the shuttle to take you to the skywalk.   Upon arrival at the observation platform, collect your audio guide and embark on your adventure. Step onto the glass floor of the Columbia Icefield Skywalk to begin the scenic 1-kilometer walk, surrounded by fantastic views. Marvel at crystal clear waterfalls, admire the mountains and glaciers above, and keep a lookout for wildlife native to the Candian Rockies.

    Spectacular views and experience. Truly an amazing time. Simon was our guide and he totally rocked it. Very friendly, knowledgeable and took all our pictures for us. Don't go to the Icefields without doing this.

  • Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure: Ice Explorer & Skywalk

    2. Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure: Ice Explorer & Skywalk

    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 gla...

    Loved the experience! The vehicles and discovery centre were convenient and clean and the staff were super friendly. The glacier was so fun and I'll definitely go again next time I'm in Jasper.

  • Jasper SkyTram

    3. Jasper SkyTram

    Travel just 4 miles (7 kilometers) south of Jasper to the end of Whistlers Road to arrive at Jasper SkyTram. Time your visit for an early morning or evening flight to avoid crowds and take advantage of the best light for photos. After you exchange your voucher at the reservations window for a ticket, climb aboard the enclosed tram car for a 7.5-minute ride to the upper station. Your tram ride will ascend to an elevation of 7,425 feet (2,263 meters). A knowledgeable guide will accompany you on your trip, sharing insights about the area, its history, and the wealth of wildlife living nearby. Once at the top, take a stroll on the boardwalk for breathtaking views of Jasper National Park, the town of Jasper, numerous turquoise-colored lakes, a panorama of mountain ranges, and the Athabasca River Valley. Try hiking Whistlers Summit Trail to reach the top of Whistlers Mountain at 8,081 feet (...

    Enjoyed the most hiking 1.3 km to the top of whistler mountain from drop off point by Sky tram, and has spectacular view of mountains. Skytram is cool when you go up, but nothing major, helps with transportation to meet mountains.

  • Banff National Park: 1-Hour Bow River Horseback Ride

    4. Banff National Park: 1-Hour Bow River Horseback Ride

    Start the tour in Banff where you will meet a member of the riding office, who will check you in and provide you a helmet for your ride. From here, walk back outside into the sunshine and meet your trusty horse. Using a step, climb onto your horse under the direction of your guide, and learn some basic horseback riding techniques. Follow your guide along the tranquil Bow River and past the historic Cave and Basin Hot springs - the original birthplace of Banff National Park. This area is home to wildlife in amongst the thick marshes and grassy meadows. Enjoy unspoiled views of the magnificent Rocky Mountains along the way. After a 1 hour of scenic horseback riding, return to the stables, where you'll disembark and say goodbye to your horse with some farewell pats.

    This was our first time horseback riding so we were a bit nervous but the team was so good at explaining everything and the horses were extremely well-trained!!!! It was soooo easy to navigate them. We absolutely enjoyed ourselves.

  • Jasper: Jasper National Park Full-Day Trip with Lake Cruise

    5. Jasper: Jasper National Park Full-Day Trip with Lake Cruise

    Enjoy a 5.5-hour scenic sightseeing minibus tour of Jasper National Park and see the stunning scenery of the Maligne Valley. Following a pick-up from your accommodation in Jasper, climb aboard a 21-seat tour bus for the comfortable drive up the valley. Your first stop will be at Maligne Canyon where you can get off and stretch your legs on an easy 30-minute walk. Stroll around the upper reaches of the Canyon to see the deepest portion at 164 feet, including a thundering waterfall. Re-board your bus and drive on through stunning landscapes en route to Medicine Lake. Here the tour will make a 10-minute stop for photos, and your guide will explain why this is known locally as the "disappearing lake." Continue on to Maligne Lake and take a 90-minute scenic cruise to Spirit Island. Throughout the day, look out for Canada’s famous wildlife, such as abundant moose, the odd black bear, and ev...

    Excellent trip. Well planned and great driver. Very informative and helpful. Sebastian was a hoot. Sarah and Jordan were both excellent also. This is one of the best things to do in Jasper

  • Canadian Rockies: Scenic Helicopter Tour

    6. Canadian Rockies: Scenic Helicopter Tour

    Choose between a 20-minute, 30-minute, or 55-minute tour over the Canadian Rockies with a professional pilot. The day starts at the helicopter base surrounded by mountain views. Go through a thorough safety briefing with the flight crew before learning about the controls and getting kitted out with a professional headset. Feel the excitement build as the crew readies for takeoff. Once in the air, the itinerary will vary depending on the option selected. Either way, breathtaking sights are guaranteed. 20-Minute Tour Deep in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, take in an incredible view of Abraham Lake - its incredible blue color and unique bubble patterns are truly a sight to see. After a glimpse of the lake, continue the flight around the Canadian Rockies. 30-Minute Tour The most popular of the 3 flights, this adventure covers crevasses, glaciers, and...

    We did a 20 minute flight the whole crew there are excellent the pilot is very knowledgeable and it is pretty obvious he loves his job My lil Miss is from Thailand this was her first helicopter ride , our pilot wasn’t sure she liked the flight,but after the flight both her and son were like I will do that again And the reason she will do it again is because of the pilot’s professionalism Thanks again absolutely fantastic and worth the money Glen and Auy and Fiat

  • Jasper: Jasper National Park Easy 2-Hour Rafting Trip

    7. Jasper: Jasper National Park Easy 2-Hour Rafting Trip

    Relax and enjoy an afternoon that you'll never forget. This is a true Canadian outdoor experience. Take a fun and scenic trip down the Athabasca River, a designated Canadian Heritage River.A National Park-licensed guide will provide commentary on the human and natural history of Jasper while navigating you along the same route used by the fur traders over 200 years ago. The specially designed, 7-meter- or 25-foot-long, oar-powered rafts come equipped with life jackets, and provide a safe, comfortable ride through a few small sets of rapids and calm stretches that any first-time rafter will enjoy. Don’t worry - the guides do all the rowing. All you have to do is sit back and relax while you take in the spectacular scenery.  You can spot various local wildlife, including elks, deer, moose, coyotes, wolves, eagles, ospreys, mountain sheep, and bears.

    Ted was our guide and he was amazing! He was knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. He made sure we all got wet! Loved it!

  • Banff National Park: Big Canoe River Explorer Tour

    8. Banff National Park: Big Canoe River Explorer Tour

    Enjoy the serenity of the Bow River on a family-friendly canoe tour. Get ready to be amazed by extraordinary views of Banff National Park and the Canadian Rockies around you. This sightseeing tour is perfect for the whole family and doesn't require any previous experience. Meet at the Banff Canoe Club, just a 5-minute walk from downtown Banff. As you journey upstream, your expert guide will entertain you with stories of the past, history of canoeing, and interesting local facts. Admire the scenery around you, while learning how to paddle as a team. After 1 and a half hours of fun, enjoy a complimentary, refreshing lemonade on the shore.

    We loved our tour - there was 9 of us for a work trip and went canoeing to see some sights. Some in our group had never been and we all had a great time. Our guide, Ryan, was knowledgeable and funny. He pointed out the mountains in the area and provided lots of information about Banff and the surrounding area. I would definitely recommend the tour.

  • Jasper National Park: 2-Hour Whitewater Rafting

    9. Jasper National Park: 2-Hour Whitewater Rafting

    The Mile 5 trip is our most popular trip and the one with the longest season, early May-late September. We meet in the town of Jasper and transport you only 8 km south of town to the put in point. After suiting up in clean dry wetsuits and a safety talk it is off to the river. The section begins with about a 10-minute float. This allows the paddler time to feel comfortable in the raft, experience the river environment and take in the 360-degree Mountain View. After this short float the grade 2 rapids begin. Grade 2 is big enough to get everyone who wants to get wet, wet but it is unlikely anyone will go for an unexpected/unwanted swim. If you are brave enough there are place you can choose to go for a swim in the glacial water. After 4 or 5 sections of rapids the Miette River joins the Athabasca and the trip ends just around the corner at Old Fort Point. After getting out of your wet g...

    Highly reconmend! A must try activity in Jasper! The family will definitely come back for this!

  • Banff: Family Friendly Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride

    10. Banff: Family Friendly Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride

    Start your tour in Banff, where you will meet a member of the riding office, who will check you in for your sleigh ride. Now it's time to climb into the sleigh and get cozy with your loved ones under a cozy wool blanket. Hear the tinkling of sleigh bells, as the horses lead you on a journey through Banff's mountain meadows. Along the way, listen to stories from your guide and soak in the spectacular views of the valley and surrounding mountains, while keeping your eyes peeled for local wildlife, such as elk and deer. Finish your memorable excursion with a fireside warm-up stop after the ride, where you can toast a marshmallow and enjoy a warm drink back at the stables.

    this was a beautiful scenery, beautiful horses, very relaxing and learned a bit about our mountains as well. Really enjoyed it.

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What people are saying about Alberta

This was our first WW rafting trip ever. Nate’s personality and knowledge of floral and fauna really allowed us to fully experience the entire natural experience. Nate pointed out various birds, calving island and the history and current natural issues facing the National Park. He was also very friendly and 50% of the raft’s occupants got into the water and tried the re-entry method! This was so much fun we returned the next weekend for more. We’re booked for 2022! See you then Nate!

This activity occurred on September, which was already cold. However, we were provided wetsuits, neoprene jackets, socks and shoes to keep us warm and comfortable. The guides were there ahead of time, they were knowledgeable, funny, and wonderful. This activity is a perfect introductory to white water rafting. The guides knew what they were doing, which made us feel safe. Elliott was extremely funny!

Excellent trip. Well planned and great driver. Very informative and helpful. Sebastian was a hoot. Sarah and Jordan were both excellent also. This is one of the best things to do in Jasper

Highly reconmend! A must try activity in Jasper! The family will definitely come back for this!

Overall pretty good! Happy about the firm mask requirements.