• Location: Banff, Canada
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
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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.

Highlights

  • 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

What You Can Expect

Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff

Ride the Ice Explorer along the Columbia Icefield

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.

Customer Reviews

Vijay J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Walking on the Athabasca Glacier was an amazing experience and the Lake Louise and Peyto lake were beautiful.

Janaki E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This was amazing tour. I will recommend 100:/ .tour , driver and the place unforgettable.

Bradley K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Great trip! Highly recommend it.

bstj1

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

highly recommended

Kez

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Great tour, highly recommended.

Kez

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Great tour, highly recommended. Must have won lotto, one of many highlights of the day was seeing a black bear just taking a stroll along the road.

lisabadovinac

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Great day! Mitch our driver and Nikol our host were fabulous. They were very knowledgeable and helpful. The glaciers were lovely and such a unique experience. Long day and worth it.

Denise H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Brilliant day with the views aling the drive, stopping to take photos and coffee break! Columbia icefields was good, buffet lunch was ok, being on the glacier was awesome and the skywalk was brilliant. We had enough time to do everything which was fab! Staff were great and knowledgeable- definitely recommend this tour

chickadee910

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Very wonderful day...the glacier,lunch,skywalk,bear,mountain goat,lakes,what more could you want...oh yeah our tour guides were great too. Thank you Mitch,Chris and Jordan.

Ruth D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Brewster Travel, the agency that provided this tour, did everything right and didn't overlook the details. Our drive, Patrick, and host, Erin, were knowledgeable, pleasant, interested in all of us on the tour, and full of humorous and fascinating anecdotes and information. The bus was comfortable, with ports for charging waning cell phone or camera batteries, and screens showing the view from the driver's seat so you didn't miss anything. It was great to leave the driving to Patrick so we could enjoy the landscape and not worry about traffic or parking. They provided us with cookies maple sandwich and chocolate chip as a mid-morning snack, and when we were about to disembark to go on the Athabasca Glacier, provided us with souvenir cups so we could scoop up melted glacier water to try it. According to the driver of our glacier mobile, the water confers eternal life! The buffet luncheon provided with the tour was not crowded and the food was good and plentiful. Patrick and Erin kept in mind our need for comfort breaks, and we also had plenty of stops at outstanding views as well. It was a great day and I would highly recommend it to anyone!

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