Banff, Canada

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Overview

Enjoy this full-day tour from Banff, visiting the Athabasca Glacier and the stunning scenery lining the breathtaking Icefields Parkway. This tour travels halfway along the world-famous Icefields Parkway, recognized as one of the top drives in the world passing numerous Rocky Mountain peaks, glaciers, waterfalls and emerald lakes. Your tour also includes round-trip transport from Banff, a mountain picnic lunch, Glacier Skywalk, and an all-terrain Ice Explorer tour.
  • Day trip to Athabasca Glacier from Banff
  • Gaze at the stunning glaciers and remnants of the last ice age
  • Enjoy breathtaking views along the Icefields Parkway
  • Go on an exciting, optional all-terrain onto the glacier
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.

Sit back and enjoy the ride along the Icefields Parkway, one of the world’s most stunning scenic drives. Because you don’t have to navigate or watch the road, this tour lets you focus on the amphitheatre of mountains towering above. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife at the edges of the forest.

Dig into a hearty mountain picnic and take a photo stop at Bow Lake, one of the largest lakes in Banff National Park, against the backdrop of the Crowfoot Glacier.

Climb aboard the Ice Explorer (a six-wheeled behemoth of a vehicle) and drive across the surface of this glittering sheet of ice. Getting thirsty? You’ll have a chance to drink pure, cold water straight from the glacier. You’ll also walk the glass floor Glacier Skywalk, hanging from the edge of the Sunwapta Valley, for unparalleled views of the canyon below and mountains around you.


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

Itinerary

Lunch Options:

Option 1: Chicken Club Wrap (mayonnaise, chicken, bacon, lettuce and tomato on a tortilla wrap)
Option 2: Roast Beef Sandwich (premium roast beef slices with lettuce, tomato, swiss cheese and horseradish mayonnaise on a kaiser bun)
Option 3: Vegetarian Wrap (tomato, cucumber, bell pepper, lettuce and hummus on a tortilla wrap)
Option 4: Gluten-free Green Salad with or without Chicken (romaine lettuce, tomato, green onion, cucumber and diced chicken with French dressing)
Child Option: Classic peanut butter and grape jelly sandwich



Also Included: Fruit, juice, potato chips and two bite brownies

Reviews

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S
, Oct 2018

My wife and I had a wonderful experience with the glacier tour! We saw some incredible sites that we'll remember forever...many pictures! Our guide for the day Ed was wonderfully knowledgeable, not only of the area but also the history. Many interesting discussions ensued. We also very much enjoyed meeting our tour mates!

S
, Sep 2018

Well-worth taking this trip. Absolutely stunning scenery, although our guide could have eased up on the military-style organisation of the group. We were on holiday after all!

A
, Nov 2017

The tour guide Alice was brilliant ! She made the trip informative and interesting with her great knowledge and sense of humour. Alice ensured everyone on the bus looked after. No one was ignored or left out as sometimes can happen in a group trip. My only disappointment was that there was not enough time on the glacier. The 15-20 mins flew past and seemed very rushed. The picnic stop turned out to be amazing as we got lucky and saw a bear in the woods !. A big thank you to Alice for looking after the group. Highly recommend the tour and company.

n
, Oct 2017

Coming from the deep south, this was such an unique experience!!! Totally impressed by the beauty and majesty of the area! We only had 3 full days for the visit, so we took tours each day. Each tour was different. We know we would not have seen and enjoyed a fraction of the things we experienced if we had tried to do it ourselves. The guides were knowledgeable and friendly. Would go back again in a heartbeat!!

J
, Oct 2017

Fantastic day. Stunning stops to and from the glacier, and Ed was a lovely, informative guide with a lot of knowledge. This trip was the perfect first jaunt into the park. The glacier itself was a little touristy, but when on vacation, it's okay to be touristy.

K
, Sep 2017

Awesome day. Stop at Bow Lake was spectacular!

H
, Aug 2017

Départ du centre-ville de Banff vers 9h30 AM, on emprunte la magnifique Iceflieds Parkway.

Première partie : Visite du lac Bow, vue sur le glacier Crowfoot.
Petit arrêt pour un pique-nique à Saskatchewan Crossing. Le repas est fourni : chips, wrap, pomme, jus de fruit et brownies.
Seconde partie : Accès au glacier Athabasca avec un véhicule spécial, puis visite du lac Peyto sur le chemin du retour.

Notre guide, Hugh, était très sympathique et passioné, bien que la visite fut soumise à un timing parfois serré.

L
, Aug 2017

The sites were stunning. Be prepared for a long drive with a few stops along the way for photos, washrooms and lunch. A little disappointed because the tour description mentioned a stop at Lake Louise, which didn't happen, not sure why as no reason was provided...we had to make our way there the next day a Saturday with tons of other visitors and had to park in the overflow lot and take the shuttle, and it wasn't even 9:00am. The glacier was an amazing experience, freezing, but amazing. Remember that when your Ice Explorer guide/driver gives you a time to be back on the bus, BE BACK ON THAT BUS, as our driver almost left the glacier without a couple who were too busy taking photos to keep track of the time. The buses run on a very precise schedule which is a well oiled machine. Be sure to do the hotel pick-up as there is no full day parking in the bus pick-up lot. Despite having spoken to someone from the tour company the previous day and being told that we could park in the lot, we returned from the tour to find a 50.00 parking ticket on our car, and we weren't the only ones from our tour who returned to this surprise. If you're good with driving and packing a lunch, I'd suggest doing the drive yourself, as there are tons of turnouts and washroom stops along the parkway for breaks and photos, all with signs and interpretive boards providing the history and explanations of everything. Driving yourself will also give you more or less time at each stop so you won't feel rushed or have to wait for others to load the bus.

R
, Aug 2017

Very pristine scenery surrounded by mountains and glacier ice/snow which has been there since the ice age time. The weather cooperates on the way up until we stepped on the glacier snow walk. Highly recommended for people who loves cold weather.

R
, Jul 2017

This was an amazing one-day tour. Our tour guide, Hugh, was great. He had lots of interesting information and stories about the geography and people who had discovered and developed these areas of the Canadian Rockies. He was very flexible on timing for stops along the way, and when weather and logistics issues required some minor changes. The scenery is beautiful. The experience on the glacier was one you will not want to miss. The next time we do this, I think we will consider the glacier ice walk. We ended up staying in Canmore, rather than Banff. They were very helpful to direct us to a centrally-located meeting place in Banff to meet the tour bus in the morning.


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