Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff - Reviews

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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!

Ewa P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

The tour was great, beside the Glacier we stopped at Lake Louise, Bow Lake and Pinto Lake and off course Glacier Skywalk. Going to the glacier on the ice explorer vehicle was very excited time,especially the driver and tour guide, Dakota. She was amazing, in very funny way she explained many things about the road to the glacier, vehicle she was driving and the Glacier itself. It was very informative. Lunch was delicious, timing and planning was perfect. We highly recommend this tour.

David B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

This was an awesome experience! Although a very long day it really didn't seem like it as the stops were appropriately spread out and the commentary from the driver Frank and the guide Rebecca were both informative and entertaining. Whilst some of the stops the ice fields and skywalk are well-known tourist traps there were no undue delays and only minimal queues, this was down to the slick organisation of the tour company and especially their employees. Obviously those with their own transport could make the necessary arrangements themselves but then they would be missing out on so much interesting information as well as the poor driver not getting the full visual experience. I would definitely categorise this as an unmissable experience

Allison V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

This was a unique experience. There were 2 guides who were teally hood and made sure everyone enjoyed their day.
I can highly recommend. All aspects of the trip were excellent and the views on the way were breathtaking.

Paula M United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

So glad we took this tour 7-25-2017 rather than attempting the trek on our own! It was well-planned, thoroughly narrated, and included picturesque stops we wouldn't have managed on our own. It was the height of tourist season and realized how lucky we were to be on a tour when we arrived at the Columbia Icefield Visitor's Center. The place was packed with people, cars and RVs that I wouldn't want to compete with. As it was, we skipped to the head of the line for lunch and our pre-scheduled Icefield tour bus separate from our regular bus. We even got to see the mountain goats under the Glacier Skywalk! The day was gorgeous and the bus was extremely comfortable, with huge windows for taking excellent photos. Can't say enough good things about Frank our busdriver and Rebecca our geologist who tag-teamed a ton of fascinating facts and were very careful and diplomatic in herding our diverse group. They even juggled our schedule successfully when a few of our party were late returning, so the rest of us wouldn't miss anything.

If you want to see the sights along the Icefield Parkway on your own, have at it! But make sure you take this tour first so you won't get sidetracked, be unnecessarily delayed or frustrated, or wander in the wilderness -

P.S. If you're staying in Canmore, you will need to meet the bus at the Brewster Transportation Center on Gopher St. in Banff. If you get there early enough at least 1/2 hr prior to departure, you can park in their lot. Ask the scheduling office when you arrive what bay your bus will depart from and go out and wait to get a good seat. Your bus boarding may not be announced inside if you sit in their waiting area.

Catherine P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

Andy and Hesel were outstanding! They make a great Team! They were very knowledgeable and kept us informed at all times. They were so willing to take pictures of the tourists at the many stops. The bus was very comfortable and had one restroom. There were 48 of us on the bus and there were many stops. We were provided bottled water, hot water for tea and coffee and cookies on one of the stops. We received a travel cup as a souvenir which they encouraged us to use to help with the environment. Great tour worth the money!

Sophia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

Yes! This tour should be on your bucket list for the Columbia Icefield visit alone - and the stops at Skywalk and Lake Louise were great. Not good for small children-a long day and long bus ride. Operator Brewster Tours Very organized and guides Sam and Ben were terrific.

Nora D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2017

If this adventure is not on your bucket list.....IT SHOULD BE. Wonderful day. Mark and Rebecca were the best. Well informed and very helpful.

Saundra J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2017

A breathtaking experience. Lots of activity. Good lunch. Icefield was unbelievable.

Stephanie G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2016

Beautiful, amazing, with thoughtful and knowledgeable hosts! What a wonderful way to see the area, without the pressure of driving myself.

Thomas W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2016

My wife and I really enjoyed this trip. It was very relaxing on the bus and the extensive knowledge that our driver provided during the tour. Even though we have done a lot of mountaineering, it was enjoyable just to walk around on the icefield as a tourist. However, next time, we want to sign up for the guided tour of the icefield. Extremely beautiful along the entire trip. I highly recommend this trip and leave the driving, parking and information to the driver, so much easier finding parking than if we drove to each of the sites. The Chinese buffet that was included as part of the icefield tour was quite good as well.

alisont61

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2016

A must do. We had a great day. All the stops along the Icefield Parkway were well worth seeing. We have a very good lunch at the Discovery Centre before moving onto the glacier. You only get 15 minutes on there but still worth doing. Our driver was a really well read and informative guy. He made the trip.

alisont61

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2016

A must do. We had a great day. All the stops along the Icefield Parkway were well worth seeing. We have a very good lunch at the Discovery Centre before moving onto the glacier. You only get 15 minutes on there but still worth doing. Our driver was a really well read and informative guy. He made the trip.

nian_gu

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2016

The driver has been helpful and friendly. He is kind to tell us about the area and the wildlife. He is kind enough to allow us to have a few moment in the vehicle to see the wildlife we met en route. It is clear about what would happen next and what we were expected to do. It was a day full of fun and beautiful scenery.

Cheryl M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2016

This was a fabulous tour. It was so much fun going onto the ice fields! Very slippery so be warned, the skywalk was just awesome! Saw a black bear on the way back eating berries by the side of the road. Only complaint would be the food at the buffet, not very good, mostly Chinese style foods. Had the vegetable beef soup, not any type of vegetable beef soup you'd recognize! But other then the food a great day! Wear warm clothes and sturdy shoes.

Juwon

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2016

It was amazing trip XD Guide Tim was really nice, knowledgeable and humorous: Glaciers were also impressive : it was pretty cold when I got the glacier but it also has lots of fun and surprise there. Glacier guide eve was perfect and nice guide : I was so happy to face with this great nature with good people

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