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.