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  • Location:Banff, Canada
  • Duration:9 hours (approx.)

Athabasca Glacier Snow Trip from Banff

Enjoy this full-day, small-group tour from Banff, visiting the Athabasca Glacier and the stunning scenery lining the breathtaking Icefields Parkway. This adventurous tour gets you up close with Canada’s stunning Athabasca Glacier, including visits to other attractions like Lake Louise, Crowfoot Glacier, Peyto Lake, Columbia Icefields along the way. Your tour also includes round-trip transportation from Banff, professional guide, mountain picnic lunch, optional all-terrain Ice Explorer tour and use of binoculars.


  • Day trip to Athabasca Glacier from Banff
  • Gaze at the stunning glaciers and remnants of the last ice age
  • Enjoy breathtaking views as you travel along the Icefields Parkway
  • Go on an exciting, optional all-terrain onto the glacier
  • Complimentary pickup and drop off from most Banff hotels

What You Can Expect

Athabasca Glacier Snow Trip from Banff

Athabasca Glacier Snow Trip from Banff

Explore the dramatic glaciers of Banff and Jasper National Park on this adventurous Athabasca Glacier tour. Along the way you’ll get a first-hand look at the key role these huge ice formations played in shaping the sweeping valleys, colorful alpine lakes and soaring peaks of the region.

Begin the tour with a pickup at your Banff hotel. Check with your tour operator for the exact pickup times. Proceed up along the Icefields Parkway to a few of the beautiful natural sites shaped by the parks’ unique glacier activity. Make a brief stop at Lake Louise, arguably the most famous lake in Canada, continuing next for an up-close view of the Crowfoot Glacier. From there, the tour moves to the emerald-green Peyto Lake and proceeds to Saskatchewan Crossing for a quick break and coffee.

In the afternoon, enjoy a hearty mountain picnic lunch at a scenic viewpoint along the Icefields Parkway. Choose from a selection of delicious sandwiches, including ham and cheddar cheese, or prime rib and swiss, both on ciabatta bread, or a veggie sandwich with red pepper, arugula and red onion on a multigrain bagel. An apple, brownie and maple cookies are available for dessert, along with your choice of juice and water.

After lunch, proceed to the majestic Bridal Veil Falls, with a fantastic view back over the Parkway, and then continue to the Columbia Icefields, home of the Athabasca Glacier, where you’ll have a chance to venture onto the ice for a one-of-a-kind ride on the all-terrain Ice Explorer. You’ll finish with a visit to Bow Lake, headwaters of the famous Bow River, before returning to Banff to finish your day.

Please note: this tour is seasonal, operating April through October.


Lunch Options:

Ham & Cheese on Ciabatta Bread, Cheddar Cheese, Leaf Lettuce **Honey Mustard, **Mayonnaise
Prime Rib on Ciabatta Bread, Swiss Cheese, Leaf Lettuce, **Dijon mustard, **Mayonnaise
Veggie on Multigrain Bagel, Lettuce, Cucumber, Arugula, Red pepper, Red onion, Pesto Aioli
(** Can be ordered without any of these ingredients)

Also Included: Apple, Brownie, Juice, Water, Maple Cookies.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

although we did not have nice weather for our trip, we still enjoyed it very much. Our guide and chauffeur was excellent, giving us plenty of information at the different sites we visited.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great scenery, great tour. Highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

A wonderful experience. The drive was very pleasant and the guide informative and well organised. I would thoroughly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

This was an outstanding tour. The tour guide was fantastic. Full of knowledge and always willing to help and offer information. Highly recommend this. Some more time on the glacier would have been nice.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

Very enjoyable day. Our guide, Jack, picked us up on time and provided very knowledgeable commentary during the whole tour. At Lake Louise we had time to walk around the lake and take in the beautiful scenery. At the glacier it was snowing and visibility was low due to the conditions but it was still a worthwhile experience. On the return journey Jack stopped to allow us to view elk by the side of the road.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2012

the drivers and guides for the day were fantastic, the whole trip was a great day not only the ice walk.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2011

Wonderful trip! I loved every part of it!

Daniel B
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2010

Very good trip, absolutely superb guide!

Victoria F
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2010

Great tour, fabulous guide, what Pam did not know was not worth knowing. Enjoyed the Ice Explorer. Nice packed lunch too!
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