A spectacular remnant from the ice age, the Columbia Icefield is the largest icefield in the Canadian Rockies.
More than 30 glaciers make up the icefield, including one of the largest and most visited, the Athabasca Glacier.
A highlight of a visit is the Icefield Centre, which provides all the info you need to know about the formation of the icefield and its glaciers.
Guided hikes lead to the toe of the Athabasca Glacier from the Icefield Centre, or you can ride a snow coach across the icefield.
The Columbia Icefield is in Jasper National Park, reached by the Icefields Parkway linking Lake Louise and Jasper. The best way to travel here is by organized tour.
Tours & Tickets
See the exciting Icefields Parkway on your way to the Columbia Icefield and explore the Athabasca Glacier with Ice Explorer! A dinner stop is made in Banff, ... Read more
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)
Admire lakes and glaciers on a full day tour from Banff to the Columbia Icefield. Ride the Ice Explorer and settle in as a local guide provides fascinating ... Read more
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Be captivated by the Columbia Icefields view Glacier-fed rivers and streams, majestic peaks, peaceful lakes and broad-reaching valleys combine to create not ... Read more
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
5-Day Rail Tour of the Canadian Rockies: Vancouver to Jasper, Banff, Lake Louise and Kamloops Aboard the ‘Rocky Mountaineer’
Hop aboard the luxury Rocky Mountaineer train for an incredible 5-day, round-trip journey from Vancouver with two days aboard the Rocky Mountaineer, giving you ... Read more
Duration: 5 days (approx.)