Athabasca Glacier Snow Trip From Banff - Jasper

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  • Duration: 11 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    8:00 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    You must be ready 15 minutes prior to the tour departure time. Our guide will be there within the 15 minute pick up window.
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    • If you cancel at least 3 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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Visit Canada's famous glaciers on a full-day seasonal excursion from Banff. Your personalized small group tour takes you through an awe-inspiring landscape carved by glaciers and remnants from the last ice age, as you travel along the Icefields Parkway, one of the world's most scenic highways.

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Stop At: Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre, Jasper National Park, Alberta

Departing from the centre, you'll climb aboard the Ice Explorer (a six-wheeled behemoth of a vehicle) and drive across the surface of this glittering sheet of ice. Getting thirsty? Youll have a chance to drink pure, cold water straight from the glacier.
Them, be transported to the glass floor Glacier skywalk, hanging from the edge of the Sunwapta Valley at 918-foot (280 m), for unparalleled views of the canyon below and mountains around you.

Duration: 3 hours

Pass By: Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta

This tour travels halfway along the world-famous Icefields Parkway, recognized as one of the top drives in the world passing numerous Rocky Mountain peaks, glaciers, waterfalls and emerald lakes.

Stop At: Crowfoot Glacier, Banff National Park, Alberta

A brief stop provides one of the days many up close glacier views.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Bow Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta

You will visit Bow Lake, one of Banff National Park's largest lakes. Bow Lake is fed by meltwater from the Bow Glacier in the Wapta Icefield and lies at the base of Bow Summit.

Duration: 20 minutes


Lunch Options:

Option 1: Chicken Club Wrap (mayonnaise, chicken, bacon, lettuce and tomato on a tortilla wrap)
Option 2: Roast Beef Sandwich (premium roast beef slices with lettuce, tomato, swiss cheese and horseradish mayonnaise on a kaiser bun)
Option 3: Vegetarian Wrap (tomato, cucumber, bell pepper, lettuce and hummus on a tortilla wrap)
Option 4: Gluten-free Green Salad with or without Chicken (romaine lettuce, tomato, green onion, cucumber and diced chicken with French dressing)
Child Option: Classic peanut butter and grape jelly sandwich

Also Included: Fruit, juice, potato chips and two bite brownies


Professional guide

Picnic lunch

Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure: Ice Explorer! Tour and Glacier Skywalk

Small group tour (maximum of 24 guests)

Hotel pick up and drop off

Entry/Admission - Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre



Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Infant rates do not include lunch

Early and late season road / trail closures may limit access to some areas.

Not wheelchair accessible

Near public transportation

Most travelers can participate

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers

Traveler Reviews

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  • 03-Jul-2019

    Great trip into the beautiful ice-fields. Knowledgeable guide Matt was excellent. Book this tour! You won’t regret it.

  • 05-Oct-2018

    My wife and I had a wonderful experience with the glacier tour! We saw some incredible sites that we'll remember forever...many pictures! Our guide for the day Ed was wonderfully knowledgeable, not only of the area but also the history. Many interesting discussions ensued. We also very much enjoyed meeting our tour mates!

  • 25-Sep-2018

    Well-worth taking this trip. Absolutely stunning scenery, although our guide could have eased up on the military-style organisation of the group. We were on holiday after all!

  • 03-Nov-2017

    The tour guide Alice was brilliant ! She made the trip informative and interesting with her great knowledge and sense of humour. Alice ensured everyone on the bus looked after. No one was ignored or left out as sometimes can happen in a group trip. My only disappointment was that there was not enough time on the glacier. The 15-20 mins flew past and seemed very rushed. The picnic stop turned out to be amazing as we got lucky and saw a bear in the woods !. A big thank you to Alice for looking after the group. Highly recommend the tour and company.

  • 04-Oct-2017

    Coming from the deep south, this was such an unique experience!!! Totally impressed by the beauty and majesty of the area! We only had 3 full days for the visit, so we took tours each day. Each tour was different. We know we would not have seen and enjoyed a fraction of the things we experienced if we had tried to do it ourselves. The guides were knowledgeable and friendly. Would go back again in a heartbeat!!

  • 01-Oct-2017

    Fantastic day. Stunning stops to and from the glacier, and Ed was a lovely, informative guide with a lot of knowledge. This trip was the perfect first jaunt into the park. The glacier itself was a little touristy, but when on vacation, it's okay to be touristy.

  • 28-Sep-2017

    Awesome day. Stop at Bow Lake was spectacular!

  • 13-Aug-2017

    Départ du centre-ville de Banff vers 9h30 AM, on emprunte la magnifique Iceflieds Parkway.

    Première partie : Visite du lac Bow, vue sur le glacier Crowfoot.
    Petit arrêt pour un pique-nique à Saskatchewan Crossing. Le repas est fourni : chips, wrap, pomme, jus de fruit et brownies.
    Seconde partie : Accès au glacier Athabasca avec un véhicule spécial, puis visite du lac Peyto sur le chemin du retour.

    Notre guide, Hugh, était très sympathique et passioné, bien que la visite fut soumise à un timing parfois serré.

  • 13-Aug-2017

    The sites were stunning. Be prepared for a long drive with a few stops along the way for photos, washrooms and lunch. A little disappointed because the tour description mentioned a stop at Lake Louise, which didn't happen, not sure why as no reason was provided...we had to make our way there the next day a Saturday with tons of other visitors and had to park in the overflow lot and take the shuttle, and it wasn't even 9:00am. The glacier was an amazing experience, freezing, but amazing. Remember that when your Ice Explorer guide/driver gives you a time to be back on the bus, BE BACK ON THAT BUS, as our driver almost left the glacier without a couple who were too busy taking photos to keep track of the time. The buses run on a very precise schedule which is a well oiled machine. Be sure to do the hotel pick-up as there is no full day parking in the bus pick-up lot. Despite having spoken to someone from the tour company the previous day and being told that we could park in the lot, we returned from the tour to find a 50.00 parking ticket on our car, and we weren't the only ones from our tour who returned to this surprise. If you're good with driving and packing a lunch, I'd suggest doing the drive yourself, as there are tons of turnouts and washroom stops along the parkway for breaks and photos, all with signs and interpretive boards providing the history and explanations of everything. Driving yourself will also give you more or less time at each stop so you won't feel rushed or have to wait for others to load the bus.

  • 08-Aug-2017

    Very pristine scenery surrounded by mountains and glacier ice/snow which has been there since the ice age time. The weather cooperates on the way up until we stepped on the glacier snow walk. Highly recommended for people who loves cold weather.

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