Take an outdoor-lover’s odyssey along Alberta’s famous Columbia Icefields Parkway, stopping to enjoy incredible scenery and a ride on the Athabasca glacier, during this 5.5-hour excursion from Jasper. Drive along this incredible roadway, set among two incredible national parks, admiring glacier-fed streams, iconic mountains and local wildlife as you go. Then make a stop for a ride aboard the all-terrain Ice Explorer on the surface of the Athabasca glacier. This Columbia Icefields excursion also includes admission to the Glacier Skywalk attraction, buffet lunch and round-trip transport from select hotels in Jasper.
Sample all that the Canadian Rockies have to offer as you travel along the province’s majestic Icefields Parkway, stopping to admire the incredible natural scenery, drive on top of a glacier and admire local wildlife. It’s a great way to get a taste for this area’s many stunning natural wonders.
Begin your day with pickup from select Jasper hotels. Check with your tour operator for the exact pickup schedule. Then continue on a scenic drive by comfortable coach, the road set among the majestic scenery of Alberta. Along the way you’ll make a number of stops for sightseeing, including at the picturesque Athabasca Falls, the Glacier Skywalk and at the Columbia Icefield Centre. You’ll also have time stop for a tasty hot buffet lunch.
Finish your day with a ride aboard the all-terrain Ice Explorer, which will take you out onto the surface of the majestic Athabasca glacier, admiring the icy surface dotted with thick patches of snow and shimmering ice formations. After your Ice Explorer ride, you’ll head back to connect with your ride back to your hotel in Jasper.
Please note: this tour is seasonal and only runs May through October
I don’t usually do bus tours, but I can say after this I would probably do more. The bus driver was well educated on the ice fields and trip. Pulled over when he could for wildlife viewing and kept the trip moving along. The buffet lunch was another great surprise. The quality of the food and the cleanliness of the facilities at the ice fields center was 5 star. Ample rest rooms. The only thing that was a detractor was the arrangement and clarification of pickup time and location. We were not staying at one of the hotels that offered pickup
This started out as the best sight seeing tour ever. FIVE Stars! The bus was new and the driver/guide was excellent. We stopped at many beautiful vistas for picture taking. They even provided a souvenir drink mug during a snack and coffee break. Several times we were told we were to have a hot buffet lunch. And, after such a nice roadside snack our expectations were indeed high. But, the lunch was horrible lukewarm and a strange mix - no need to give further description. That was it. The rest of the tour went on to see Banff I think and the remaining tourists that had only signed up for the Columbia Icefield and Glacier Skywalk were sent to wait for an hour to return to pick up points. When they came for us, we were cramped into an employee shuttle van that made economy class air travel look luxurious. Myself, I would have preferred a cold sandwich with a hot cup of coffee for lunch. And, they must have had some mix up sending a van to pick us up. I mean, Really - they can't afford a decent shuttle bus to take us back to our destinations?
This is an excellent tour for me and Dad. Pick up bus was exactly on time, wild life sightings were great that day bear, deer, elk, guide/driver Dustin was outstanding excellent speaking voice and presentation pace, very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful, and a very good driver as well, food for lunch was reasonably good, destinations were great Athabasca Falls, Skywalk, and Athabasca Glacier and we were fortunate to have good weather. Tour order was changed to visit the Glacier last after the Skywalk and lunch, and I felt that was a blessing to save the best for last. Very happy and I highly recommend this tour.
This trip could have been good had Viator spelled out exactly what this 5.5 hour round trip tour really was. I expected to be dropped back at my hotel appx 5.5 hours later. My group did not get back for 8 hours after being dumped at the lunch spot and told to wait for a shuttle back to Jasper. It ruined our plans for dinner and thus caused our party of 4 a loss. The shuttle back was a filthy mini-van. Read the other 3 star and less reviews and if you plan to do this tour from Jasper back to Jasper, my advice is rent a car and do it yourself. Viator use Brewster who seem to have a lock on this as they also provide the actual Columbia Icefield Tour. Our tour was disorganized and our timings were not good. The driver we had should have told us more about what we were seeing than his personal history, but alas. The lunch at the Icefield was poor - buffet with most dishes almost empty or empty. Items were not replenished quickly and the food was not identified. This food was a waste of money with most items being of a poor quality Chinese food. The two stars are for the sheer beauty of this region. Our day was destroyed because of the laboriosly long day due to Brewster causing us hardship and lost reservations.
Rather crowded at the Glacier/Icefield and delay in return trip due to Brewster 'scheduling' problems, did not help one's positive frame of mind. But the initial Brewster bus driver was excellent and everything was fine until the scheduling problem involving the return of a number of customers to Jasper in a different vehicle somewhat spoilt the day.