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Columbia Icefield Tours

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Columbia Icefield
Step onto the Athabasca Glacier in the Columbia Icefield and imagine what it was like during the last ice age. Located midway along the scenic Icefields Parkway connecting Canada’s Banff and Jasper national parks, the Columbia Icefield gives visitors a chance to experience how the landscape may have looked when glaciers covered the land.
 
The Basics

The opportunities to explore the Columbia Icefield on your own are limited, but with a guided tour—or even a helicopter trip—you can see more of the vast fields of ice, which stretch for miles. Day tours from Jasper, Banff, or Lake Louise generally include a stop at the Icefields Discovery Centre, a ride on a specially equipped Ice Explorer out onto the glacier, and a walk on the Glacier Skywalk. The Skywalk gives brave visitors the chance to venture out 918 feet (280 meters) above the Sunwapta Valley on a glass-bottom walkway.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Columbia Icefield is a must for nature enthusiasts and first-time visitors to Banff or Jasper.
  • Bring closed-toe shoes with a solid grip for walking on the ice.
  • Tote a jacket or sweater, as it can be chilly, even in the summer.
  • The Icefields Discovery Centre and the Skywalk are fully accessible. Book a wheelchair-accessible shuttle in advance.

How to Get There

The Columbia Icefield is on Alberta’s Icefields Parkway, 82 miles (132 kilometers) north of Lake Louise and 66 miles (106 kilometers) south of Jasper. The parkway can be treacherous in winter and may close due to snowstorms. Taking a tour that includes transportation enables you to enjoy the stunning scenery without the worry of driving.
 
When to Get There

The attractions at the Columbia Icefield are open from June until October. During the summer, afternoons are the busiest periods, particularly on weekends. Quieter times are in the morning and after 3pm. Check opening hours, as they vary throughout the season.
 
Columbia Icefield and Athabasca Glacier
Columbia is the largest icefield in the Canadian Rockies and comprises eight major glaciers, the most accessible (and most visited) of which is the Athabasca Glacier. It is the tongue of the Athabasca Glacier that you can see from the Discovery Centre. The Columbia Icefield sits on the Continental Divide and is called the “mother of rivers,” as the meltwaters from the Athabasca and Saskatchewan glaciers flow north, west, and east into major Canadian rivers.
Address: Improvement District No. 9, Banff, Canada
Admission: Varies
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Day Trips

Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Jasper

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.
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White Water Rafting

Jasper Rafting Trip on Athabasca River Mile 5

Experience the excitement of a whitewater rafting adventure on this guided, 2-hour excursion. Choose from a morning or afternoon departure time, then ride along Alberta, Canada's Athabasca River in Jasper National Park. This ‘Mile 5’ trip is the river’s most popular, challenging Grade 2 rapids. The driver/guide will be taking photos along the way which will be available for purchase at the end of the trip. All the necessary rafting equipment plus an Alberta hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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Full-day Tours

Athabasca Glacier Full-Day Tour

Discover the scenic beauty of the Icefields Parkway on this full-day tour to the Athabasca Glacier in the Canadian Rockies. Travel from Jasper en route to the famous Columbia Ice Fields. Walk through snow and ice on the glacier while your guide navigates crevasses and keeps you safe. Experience is not necessary on this alpine walk, perfect for beginners. All gear and transportation is included.
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White Water Rafting

Athabasca River Mile 5 Morning Rafting Trip

Get a little wet and have a lot of fun on the Athabasca River. Travel with your small group to the put in point and raft the Mile 5 section of the glacier-fed river. This section of river is a great introduction to river rafting as it begins with an approximately 10-minute float before the class II rapids start. Experience the gentle thrill of some bumps and splashes on your roughly two-hour excursion.
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Day Trips

Lake Louise to Jasper One-Way Tour

Explore the Canadian wilderness on this 9-hour Lake Louise to Jasper one-way tour. Following a pickup from your Lake Louise accommodation, travel with your guide through the wilds of Banff National Park and Jasper National Park. Marvel at some of Canada’s most impressive mountainscapes, and discover snow-covered peaks and mighty glaciers. Take in top regional attractions on route such as Crowfoot Glacier, Bow Lake, the Weeping Wall and Athabasca Falls. At the Columbia ice field, trek up to Athabasca Glacier or enjoy panoramic Sunwapta Valley views during the glacier skywalk.
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Multi-day Tours

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Calgary, Banff (in-depth), Jasper & Yoho National Parks Tour from Calgary

☆ Explore Canada's most beloved national parks, Jasper, Banff & Yoho National Parks within 3 days!☆ Enjoy the picturesque views of the Lake Louise☆ Stay overnight in Banff☆ Get a chance to take the Ice Explorer
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White Water Rafting

3.5-Hour Sunwapta River Rafting Adventure in Jasper

Jasper’s Sunwapta River is a stretch of grade III rapids, where challenging twists and turns and spectacular scenery come as standard. On this tour, spin along the Icefields Parkway road and admire sweeping views over the famous Rocky Mountains. Tackle the swirling white-water currents with your guide, and watch the riverbanks for sightings of native wildlife living within the Jasper National Park.
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Ski & Snow

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Mount Athabasca Ascent - 1.5 Days

This is one of the most popular peaks we guide in the Rocky Mountains, and can often be a busy objective through the weekends of the summer season. For this peak, we only allow a maximum of 6 Guests to minimize congestion and maintain safety margins. Other operations can often send upwards of 20+ people to the summit on a single day. For this ascent especially, we feel this often compromises saftey and leads to a lesser quality of guest experience. We'll work with you to pick timings that facilitate quieter times on the peak that give you the best chance of a safe and enjoyable experience on the ascent.
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