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Columbia Icefield: Our most recommended tours and activities

  • 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.

  • Canadian Rockies: Helicopter Flight with Exploration Hike

    3. 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.

  • Canadian Rockies: Scenic Helicopter Tour

    4. 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

  • Athabasca Glacier: Columbia Icefield Parkway Tour from Banff

    5. Athabasca Glacier: Columbia Icefield Parkway Tour from Banff

    Get picked up from your Banff hotel in a modern mini bus by your friendly guide. Departing from Banff, your friendly guide will welcome you on the tour with an overview of where you'll be headed as you sit back and enjoy the ride along the Icefields Parkway, one of the world’s most stunning scenic drives. Because you don’t have to navigate or watch the road, this tour lets you to focus on the amphitheatre of mountains towering above as you keep your eyes peeled for wildlife at the edges of the forest. The highlight of the tour is the Glacier Adventure, located approximately halfway along the Icefields Parkway near the border of Jasper National Park. Stop at the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre and board a bus that will take you to the specially designed 56-passenger Ice Explorer vehicle. Then, drive onto the Athabasca Glacier that is thousands of years old. After learning abou...

    Rob was fantastic and made our trip so enjoyable. He was very knowledgeable and pleasant. Would highly recommend. Thank you

  • Icefields Parkway: Smartphone Audio Driving Tour

    6. Icefields Parkway: Smartphone Audio Driving Tour

    Discover the incredible Icefields Parkway with this smartphone audio tour between Lake Louise and Jasper. Let your audio guide transform this beautiful scenic drive into a sight-seeing, fact-finding, trivia-answering, family-friendly adventure.

    With your phone or tablet at your guide (download instructions found on your confirmation voucher), start from either Jasper or Lake Louise, and end at the other. Enjoy the same tour experience in either direction.

    Watch as your audio guide point out must-see sights, attractions, breathtaking mountains, and glaciers that you pass along the journey. Learn about the area's early pioneers, animals, geography, and the historical events that led to the highway’s creation.

    Take in the panoramic views of Lake Hector and Bow Lake, and stop for easy trails in Banff National Park. Explore the Columbia Icefields a...

  • Canadian Rockies 7–Day National Parks Group Tour

    7. Canadian Rockies 7–Day National Parks Group Tour

    Day 1: Seattle to Kamloops Kamloops British Columbia is abundant with stunning scenery and great wildlife . Cougars, bears, elk, and more inhabit the Thomson River Valley. Stop for a short walk and picnic at Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park.  Day 2: Yoho National Park Explore trails around the magnificent Emerald Lake or simply relax in the lakeshore cafe and enjoy the views. Drive along the Kicking Horse Pass across the Continental Divide into Alberta. Enjoy panoramic vistas of peaks exceeding 10,000 feet on Rogers Pass at the summit in Canada's Glacier National Park en route to Banff, your night stop. Day 3:  Banff National Park - Lake Louise Lake Louise is an alpine lake known for its stunning turquoise glacier-fed waters, surrounded by high peaks and overlooked by a stately chateau. Multiple hiking trails lead to the Lake Agne...

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What people are saying about Columbia Icefield

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 286 reviews

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.

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.

At the first view we were desapointed... but when we go on the glass we were completely filled with wonder and very imprss.

Overall pretty good! Happy about the firm mask requirements.

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