Tour code: 3026C10
Explore the majestic scenery along the Icefields Parkway, including a trip out onto Athabasca Glacier by all-terrain vehicle, during this 14-hour day trip from Calgary. Visit iconic sites like Lake Louise before enjoying a drive along the Icefields Parkway, admiring the road's jaw-dropping scenery, before arriving at the Columbia Icefield, where you'll have the chance to visit the amazing Athabasca Glacier up close on board the all-wheel-drive Ice Explorer. Finish your day with dinner in the town of Banff, set among the nearby mountain peaks. This Icefields Parkway day trip also includes lunch, all entrance fees, and round-trip transport from Calgary.


  • Full-day tour from Calgary to the Columbia Icefield
  • Enjoy one of the greatest mountain drives in the world, the Icefield Parkway
  • Ride the all-terrain Ice Explorer (included)
  • Take a stroll around Lake Louise
  • Explore and dine in the quaint town of Banff

What You Can Expect

Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Calgary

Admire Lake Louise, an icon of the Canadian Rockies

Discover the incredible mountain scenery and ancient glaciers of the Icefields Parkway during this day trip with lunch departing from Calgary. This excursion offers a great chance to get up close and personal with the massive ice formations that have shaped the geography of this region's wild landscape over many thousands of years.

Start your day trip with pickup from hotels in Calgary between 5:50 and 6:15am. Check with your tour operator for exact departure points and schedule. Then continue by coach out into the prairie and rolling hills of the Trans Canada Highway, watching as the scenery changes to foothills and then to the towering mountains of the Rockies as you enter Banff National Park.

Stop for a morning walk along the picturesque shores of the brilliant-blue Lake Louise, with Mount Victoria and its Victoria Glacier visible in the distance. Proceed back onto the road, where you'll make additional stops at Crowfoot Glacier, Peyto Lake and Big Hill for more sightseeing and great photo opportunities. 

Continue your ride out onto Canada's iconic Icefields Parkway, a scenic road that winds past some of the world's most impressive alpine scenery, stopping at the Athabasca Glacier. Upon reaching this massive ice sheet, climb aboard the Ice Explorer for an up close and personal ride out onto the glacier itself. You'll even get to step onto this ancient ice for a short walk.

Finish your day with a scenic drive back towards the mountain town of Banff, where you'll have time for dinner and to wander the many retail shops lining its main street, departing back to Calgary for drop-off at your hotel in the evening.

Please note: This tour is seasonal and only operates from May through to October.

Customer Reviews

Lucien D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Outstanding experience despite the cold and snowy weather. Breathtaking scenery, an amazing glacier walk and even two bears thrown in for added effect! Do be prepared for a very long day - a 6 a.m. start and return to Calgary at 9 p.m.

Mary O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The tour was amazing and Alister was full of knowledge and was also a great driver. Brewster bus didn't have our reservations even though we had a confirmation from viator which caused some distress. The Columbia Icefield was unbelievable and breathtaking and I would recommend this trip to others.

Stacey V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was a great tour, and the guides did a great job keeping everyone together and timely so that we were able to enjoy all the activities. There was traffic slow down on the way back due to an unfortunate accident so did not get as much time for dinner as expected but did not go hungry as there is a Tim Hortons in the bus terminal to get dinner.

Catherine P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Well run and good value, a very early start but worth it.

Howard R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Excellent service from coach driver and views were stunning


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Tour was awesome. Worth every single penny. Breathtaking landscapes and views. Guide was very nice and was talking all the time about what we can see or about mountains. Everything was very professional and very well organized.

Troy H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

This tour was amazing!

Jennifer C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Awesome experience! Great tour! Great guide!

Cathal O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

I found this tour very good. The tour guide, Patrick, was excellent and gave us lots of interesting information on the Rockies , the different ranges and peaks and those associated with their naming and the flora and fauna of the park. At the Icefield the buffet was very good, wide choice and great food and the guides there were bright and bubbly.I would have liked a bit more time in Banf on the return , even 1/2 an hour more.

Audrey D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

The tour began right on time. The tour guide/bus driver was well informed and was able to point out or comment on relevant inforamtion on the ride to Banff. The connection to the next bus was easy and the tour guide/bus driver was, once again, well informed and offered relavent information. The many side stops were very much appreciated for photo taking or stretching our legs. The buses were comfortable with excellent views of both sides. I would highly recommend this extremely enjoyable tour.

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