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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.

  • Banff: Banff Gondola Admission Ticket

    2. Banff: Banff Gondola Admission Ticket

    Climb aboard this iconic 4-person gondola cabin with large windows, sit back and relax. During the 8-minute ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain take in the views of the town of Banff, Bow Valley, and six different mountain ranges. While on the top of the mountain, you will be amazed by 360-degree views. Explore the interactive and family-friendly Above Banff Interpretative Center to learn about the early explorers, wildlife and local area. Take a hike across the Sulphur Mountain boardwalk to explore the Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station - a National Historic Site of Canada. Knowledgeable, friendly hosts are standing by to make sure you get the most out of your visit. Before you leave for your trip down the mountain, stop at the coffee shops, restaurants, and gift shops.

    The view is spectacular, can't get enough of it, want to keep on coming back again.

  • Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure: Ice Explorer & Skywalk

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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.

  • Rocky Mountains Scenic Helicopter Tour

    6. Rocky Mountains Scenic Helicopter Tour

    Begin your adventure at the Jasper-Hinton Airport, the perfect starting point for your Rocky Mountains trip – surrounded by nature. You will be greeted by one of our staff member who will provide you with a safety briefing and instructions prior to your flight. Each passenger will be equipped with a headset that allows you to listen to your Pilot’s commentary, and communicate with the rest of the group during the flight. As soon as you buckle in, you will be face to face with the Rocky Mountains. Your itinerary will differ depending on the tour that you have selected. 20-min Tour This trip takes you buzzing just past the summit and down the ridge line of Folding Mountain. You then climb above the Fiddle Mountain Range, with a westward view over the Rocky Mountains. This view is nearly impossible to beat! 30-min Tour This jam-packed tour features action right off the runway as you cli...

    We had a wonderful time , experience of a lifetime . Wonderful staff, friendly and professional they made us feel very comfortable right from the beginning. It was an amazing trip well worth it , we highly recommend it.

  • Canadian Rockies: Helicopter Flight with Exploration Hike

    7. Canadian Rockies: Helicopter Flight with Exploration Hike

    Get ready for an awe-inspiring experience of the Rocky Mountain with this scenic helicopter flight and hiking tour. See the Rockies from a bird's-eye view. Admire the stunning views of the mountains, lakes, and glaciers from above. Then explore the region’s natural beauty on foot.

    Choose from a 20, 30, or 55-minute scenic flight. Each option includes incredible panoramas of waterfalls, emerald-green lakes, and mountain ridges. With the 55-minute flight, approach the Columbia Icefield, the largest expanse of ice in the Rocky Mountains.

    After the flight, land at the confluence of the Cline River and Waterfalls Creek. Continue to explore the wild beauty of this region on foot, hiking to the Twin Falls waterfall.

    Then climb back on board the helicopter and fly back to the heliport, enjoying the fantasti...

    Everyone was super friendly. The whole experience was even better than expected. Definitely recommended.

  • Banff: Mount Norquay 2.5 or 4-Hour Guided Via Ferrata Climb

    8. Banff: Mount Norquay 2.5 or 4-Hour Guided Via Ferrata Climb

    Join this fun alpine climbing tour that's perfect for all abilities, including those with no previous experience. Experience the thrill of climbing a via ferrata with an expert guide and delight in bird’s-eye views of Banff National Park. Choose between a 2.5-hour Explorer Route or a 4-hour Ridgewalker Route. Upon arrival to Mount Norquay, located just 10 minutes from Banff, check in and meet your guide. Get equipped with a harness, lanyards, and helmet, then ride the sightseeing chairlift to where your adventure begins. After an equipment check and training is complete, a short 5-minute walk takes you to your first via ferrata buttress to climb. The 2.5-hour Explorer Route is a great choice for those who are slightly limited on time or looking for an introduction to via ferrata. Spend some time with your guide and get introduced to the equipment before heading up a few pitches and cro...

    Sara was my guide. She was calm and clear with her directions. We had a good but chilly weather day. Climbing was moderately hard but I’m 70 and found it fun! I took the 2 1/2 hour climb which was perfect for me because I had done a 6 mile hike the day before. The views and the exercise were outstanding. I highly recommend this climb for anyone that enjoys a slight challenge and a great time!!

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

    9. Banff National Park: 1-Hour Spray River Horseback Ride

    Embark on a horseback riding adventure as you breathe in the pine-spiced mountain air. Approach the Bow Falls and enjoy spectacular views. Pass by the famous Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course known as one of the most immaculately manicured courses in Canada. Continue along the edge of the Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course and cross through the waters once more. A partial climb up Sulphur Mountain brings you through a wooded residential area and back to the corrals. Enjoy a unique experience and cross the Spray River. On hotter days, your horse may even decide to cool itself off by splashing water onto its belly. Have an experience unlike anything else.

    Honestly, it was a good experience... the 2 ladies were very helpful and friendly. It was my first time ever riding a horse and getting near to a horse. Instructions were simple. My horse though was so hungry and kept stopping to eat. It was very strong that when he decided to eat, my arm strength was not enough to pull his head up ( and i was worried to upset him too). Also my horse kept hitting the horse in front him and run toward the horse in front of him.( even if i keep space and try to stop him) I was thinking maybe i was doing something wrong, but i observed all other horses were quite and obedient. Overall i think it was good experience and staff were helpful. I just think my luck qas not the best of getting a hungry horse who was in a mood haha.

  • From Banff: Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Sightseeing Tour

    10. From Banff: Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Sightseeing Tour

    Enjoy the drive from Banff in a modern minibus after your friendly guide picks you up from the meeting point. Keep your eyes peeled for animals such as deer, elk, and bears as you drive along scenic, winding Bow Valley Parkway. Your guide will share stories on Banff National Park, its history and the local animals on the way. Arrive at iconic Lake Louise after a scenic stop along the Bow Valley Parkway to admire the views of Castle Mountain. Your 30-minute visit at the lake gives you plenty of time to wander the famous shoreline, take photos of the lake against the backdrop of the mountains and Victoria Glacier, and admire the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Hotel. Next, your guide will take you to Moraine Lake, set in the rugged Valley of the Ten Peaks with waterfalls and rock piles. Enjoy a short guided walk to the famous Valley of the Ten Peaks viewpoint, or relax and take in the lake...

    Wonderful sunny day for the tour. The tour guide Rob was very good at story telling the whole ride there and back. The tour bus goes slowly on the highway which is good otherwise we'd be bounching off our seats.

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What people are saying about Alberta

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 236 reviews

Corey was our guide snd we so enjoyed the ride and places he took us! Corey is an exceptional guide! He not only knows the trails, mountains and terrain, he knows about the environment. We thoroughly enjoyed this tour! I highly recommend!

Wonderful sunny day for the tour. The tour guide Rob was very good at story telling the whole ride there and back. The tour bus goes slowly on the highway which is good otherwise we'd be bounching off our seats.

Our guide Jacob was excellent. He made sure we got to the summit safely and shared a variety of informations with us. We would recommend this hike!

Dry enjoyable. Views were amazing from the top of Sulphur mountain.

Our guide Rob was amazing! Thanks for all the knowledge!