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Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff

Banff, Canada

From $234.20

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  • 11 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Discover the awe-inspiring mountain scenery and massive glaciers of Alberta’s Rocky Mountain region on this full-day Banff glacier tour to the Columbia Icefields. As you follow one of the world’s most famous mountain drives, the Icefield Parkway, you’ll stop at stunning Lake Louise, Crowfoot Glacier and Peyto Lake before the tour culminates in an all-terrain ride on the Ice Explorer through the amazing Columbia Icefields. This day trip includes roundtrip transport from multiple locations in Banff, a knowledgeable guide and buffet lunch.
  • Full-day tour from Banff to the Columbia Icefield
  • Enjoy one of the greatest mountain drives in the world, the Icefield Parkway
  • Learn about the history behind glaciers and ice fields from an expert guide
  • Step onto ice formed from snow that fell as many as 400 years ago
  • Take a stroll around Lake Louise

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

See Banff’s coolest spots in one day with this tour that provides a hot lunch to keep you replenished and warm.

What's Included

  • Ride in the Ice Explorer
  • Hot buffet lunch
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Pick-up and/or drop-off at multiple locations available
  • Local Taxes
  • Columbia Icefield Skywalk Admission
  • Gratuities (optional) Food and drink

Departure & Return

Possible departure locations

Departure Point

  • Banff, Banff, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta

  • Elk + Avenue Hotel, 333 Banff Avenue, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1B1 Canada

  • Fairmont Banff Springs, 405 Spray Avenue, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1J4 Canada

  • Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa, 521 Banff Avenue, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1H8 Canada

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Please Note

Fairmont Banff Springs 7:35 am pickup Banff Caribou Lodge 7:35 am pickup Elk + Avenue Hotel 7:45 am pickup

What To Expect

Explore the most scenic attractions in Canada’s Banff National Park and Jasper National Park on this full-day tour to the Columbia Icefields, the largest accumulation of ice south of the Arctic Circle. Your day in the Rockies finishes with an unforgettable ride on the all-terrain Ice Explorer atop the icefields, offering a first-hand view of this huge natural wonder.

Start your tour with pickup in Banff, heading out for your first stop at Lake Louise, the superstar alpine lake of Banff National Park. From there, proceed north on the Icefields Parkway, considered by many to be one of the world’s greatest scenic drives, and listen as your guide shares details about the unique ecosystem of the area and about the history of its remarkable glaciers. You’ll also visit two of the parkway’s notable landmarks, Peyto Lake and Crowfoot Glacier, for photo opportunities and to take in the views.

Next, arrive at the Columbia Icefields for your ride on the Ice Explorer, which takes you on a one-of-a-kind journey across the surface of this amazing sheet of ice. After your ride, stop by the Glacier Gallery, gift shop and restaurant at the Icefields Centre before boarding the bus for the drive back to Banff, where your day trip ends.

Lake Louise

Enjoy the view at Lake Louise

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Brewster Sightseeing (Pass By)

Views of Banff National Park

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Prior to your travel date, your hotel details must be advised to tour operator so they may arrange your pickup. If you do not indicate this at the time of booking, you will be required to call and advise them of this information directly. The contact details will be on your voucher once you have a confirmed booking
  • Guests may depart this tour in Lake Louise if accommodation has been arranged
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The sun was bright and weather good but it was still very cold and windy - so wrap up warm for that part of the tour.
This is a must do for anyone coming to the area; truly a once in a lifetime experience.
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Great experience overall
Jameela_P, Jul 2022
Tour leads Andre and Marnie were fantatsic, super friendly and kind, and very fun (and funny). Great experience all around, my family really loved it.
Memorable
Jan_L, Jun 2022
It was all very memorable and Elyse and Kiki were wonderful guides. Elyse a fantastic driver and Kiki a great host
Awesome Time With Family!
Muskaan_A, Jun 2022
Had an awesome time!!! Went with family of 8 and Collin, Sid and Brenan made the trip memorable for us all! They were all very enthusiastic and funny and kept entertained but very informative as well!
Amazing!
Palmira_H, Aug 2021
Andre the bus tour driver was EXCELLENT!! Provided so much info along the way. Ice explorer was great and the sky walk very memorable! Highly recommend!
Not worth the cost / stuck on a bus with a cranky driver
Ryan_O, Aug 2021
This trip is not worth the cost. From Banff, it's essentially a full day spent on a bus with short breaks out for lunch and a ten-minute stroll on a small snowpack. The drive is nice and scenic, but on a bus you are not able to stop whenever you want (plus you might get a driver like ours, who cussed out traffic over the intercom and refused our request to put on music instead of his incessant babbling). I do not recommend this tour. Save yourself the hassle (and lots of $$) -- if you really want to see the remnants of a once-mighty glacier, drive up yourself.
Amazing
Gina O, Oct 2019
The tour was well organized. Cam & Gensis were excellent driver and guides. The Brewster buses are new and comfy. As for the experience, unbelievable. It really is a special thing to go and do.
Exciting Icefield Tour
Mary_P, Oct 2019
We enjoyed our bus tour to the Columbia Icefield. Our tour guides, Andrew and Luke, were very knowledgeable and entertaining. The ride on the explorer to the glacier was exciting and Reeve, our driver, was competent and entertaining. The weather was cold and windy but that didn't detract from our enjoyment and sense of adventure. It was a wonderful day!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Fabulous bucket list trip!!
Christine G, Sep 2019
Amazing trip. Spectular scenery. Breathtaking views. Shaun and Frank were amazing and very knowledgeable guides. Another tick off my bucket list!!
Go before they disappear. Well worth it!
Sheila K, Sep 2019
Amazing scenery, well organised and going on the glacier on the glacier explorer and getting out on the ice was special. The sun was bright and weather good but it was still very cold and windy - so wrap up warm for that part of the tour.
Outstanding experience
NICOLE_J, Sep 2019
We greatly enjoyed our time at the Columbia Ice Field. Our guide Tyler was very knowledgeable while being fun and friendly. I highly recommend this to anyone that is visiting the area.
An enjoyable time
Rachel_B, Sep 2019
This was a good full day of seeing and doing. Our guides were informative and enjoyable to listen to.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Once in a Lifetime
Rami M, Sep 2019
The experience was outstanding from beginning to end. Fred was our guide and his knowledge and insights about the area added a special dimension to the overall trip. Walking on the glacier and the skywalk were unlike anything we have ever done before. This day- from pick up at our hotel to final drop off is a memory my husband and I will always treasure. Robin, our guide on the glacier was a both witty and humorous. This is a must do for anyone coming to the area; truly a once in a lifetime experience.
Perfect Tour
stephenk233, Aug 2019
The great combination, The Australian teacher and the driver Genesis, guided us to beautiful scenic places.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Icefield Tour
Frank_L, Aug 2019
My wife and I consider the Columbia Icefield Tour one of the highlights of our vacation. Having a chance to walk on the glacier, watch the snow melt, and ride in the Ice Transporter was an unusual and unique experience. We recommend it.
Great tour
Leanne_L, Jul 2019
This tour was perfect. On time, got to see a bit of everything and our driver and guide were great. The ice field was amazing, such a beautiful place and the lakes were a colour you have never seen before. So I tire perfect.
Fun times on the Columbia Icefield
Debra_P, Jun 2019
I learned a lot ,had a great meal with beautiful view of the Columbia Icefield. I saw a lot of beautiful scenic views of the mountains. The tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable. It was a great day.
Great Trip
Devika_B, May 2019
Enjoyed our trip to the Columbia Icefields. Mike and Jack were excellent guides for our bus from Banff to the icefields. They took very good care of us. Its a hassel free trip - just sit back and enjoy the beauty of the national forest. Elliot, our guide on the explorer was also very good. Loved his sense of humor. Highly recommend this trip to anyone visiting Banff.
Great tour!
Miki_I, Oct 2018
Great tour packed with all the beautiful sites in a day! Tour operators were knowledgeable and friendly.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Ice fields Excursion
milton_t, Sep 2018
Knowledgable and safe driver. Trip was well organized. Snow and poor visibility limited our enjoyment but that was no fault of the tour.
No response/reconfirmation to my inquiry about pickup hotel.
Toru_S, Aug 2018
Regarding the pick up hotel, we sent inquriy/reconfirmation via Viator several times. But I have never received their response/reconfirmation. Two days before the tour, I found pick-up hotel was already registered at the Calgry Airport Brewster dest. It is very bad.
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