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Enjoy this full-day, small-group tour from Banff, visiting the Athabasca Glacier and the stunning scenery lining the breathtaking Icefields Parkway. This adventurous tour gets you up close with Canada’s stunning Athabasca Glacier, including visits to other attractions like Lake Louise, Crowfoot Glacier, Peyto Lake, Columbia Icefields along the way. Your tour also includes round-trip transportation from Banff, professional guide, mountain picnic lunch, optional all-terrain Ice Explorer tour and use of binoculars.


  • Day trip to Athabasca Glacier from Banff
  • Gaze at the stunning glaciers and remnants of the last ice age
  • Enjoy breathtaking views as you travel along the Icefields Parkway
  • Go on an exciting, optional all-terrain onto the glacier
  • Complimentary pickup and drop off from most Banff hotels

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What You Can Expect

Athabasca Glacier Snow Trip from Banff

Athabasca Glacier Snow Trip from Banff

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.

Begin the tour with a pickup at your Banff hotel. Check with your tour operator for the exact pickup times. Proceed up along the Icefields Parkway to a few of the beautiful natural sites shaped by the parks’ unique glacier activity. Make a brief stop at Lake Louise, arguably the most famous lake in Canada, continuing next for an up-close view of the Crowfoot Glacier. From there, the tour moves to the emerald-green Peyto Lake and proceeds to Saskatchewan Crossing for a quick break and coffee.

In the afternoon, enjoy a hearty mountain picnic lunch at a scenic viewpoint along the Icefields Parkway. Choose from a selection of delicious sandwiches, including chicken and bacon, or roast beef and monterey jack cheese, both on a soft bun, or a veggie wrap with red onion, plum tomato and baked eggplant on a soft flour tortilla. An apple, cinnamon crunch muffin, and potato chips are available for dessert, along with your choice of juice and water.

After lunch, proceed to the majestic Bridal Veil Falls, with a fantastic view back over the Parkway, and then continue to the Columbia Icefields, home of the Athabasca Glacier, where you’ll have a chance to venture onto the ice for a one-of-a-kind ride on the all-terrain Ice Explorer. You’ll finish with a visit to Bow Lake, headwaters of the famous Bow River, before returning to Banff to finish your day.

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


Customer Reviews

Domenic R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This tour was on a smaller bus with about 17 individuals. The smaller group size meant less time was spent waiting for individuals to return to the bus after the various stops. The reservation and boarding process went without a hitch.

Our tour guide was Norm, he was very knowledgeable of the area and its wildlife and also very engaging.

The glacier is a long ride from Banff however the stops at several scenic locations made it enjoyable. The park is beautiful!

The walk on the glacier and ride to it in the Explorer vehicle was a unique experience in itself.

Lucy United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Fantastic Tour. Our tour guide Ben was friendly and knowledgeable and even handed out bottles of water throughout the day. The glacier is a must see.
The lunch was delicious and fresh.
We really enjoyed our day.

Lisa M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Rose our driver was excellent . She was very knowledgable and it was obvious she loves the area. It and #39;s nice to know what you and #39;re looking at and the history of the area. We packed in a lot of sightseeing into the day. Smaller Bus size was a plus.

Jane O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Terrific tour with a terrific guide! Very knowledgeable! It was nice to be with a smaller group also rather than a large tour bus.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

A wonderful trip. The whole day was so enjoyable - so much to see along the way. Obviously the glacier was the highlight of the day, but we also enjoyed our picnic in the warm sunshine in a field surrounded by snow clad mountains. Our driver was excellent.

Parichat W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Love the trip. Our guide tour was excellent and knowledgeable! We had so much fun ! This was a trip to remember. It was worth it. All the staff were very helpful and informative as well. Both Viator and Discovery staff did a good job. We encountered rain, sunshine, and snow all in one day but Athabasca Glacier trip was a unique experience that we'd never forget. We love Western Canada.

Charlotte F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Anick our guide was awesome. Tour was great and we got to see a grizzly bear and two brown bears.

Erna L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

although we did not have nice weather for our trip, we still enjoyed it very much. Our guide and chauffeur was excellent, giving us plenty of information at the different sites we visited.

Lori D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great scenery, great tour. Highly recommend this tour.

Amy E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

A wonderful experience. The drive was very pleasant and the guide informative and well organised. I would thoroughly recommend this tour.

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