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Crowfoot Glacier Tours

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Crowfoot Glacier
The Crowfoot Glacier, named for its three glacier toes that once formed a very visual representation of the black bird’s foot, has retreated so much since early explorers discovered and named it that it has actually lost an entire digit. Despite its lost toe, the Crowfoot Glacier viewpoint on the Icefield Parkway is still spectacular, especially for northbound travelers due to its position as the first of many up-close viewpoints along the drive. 

Opposite this spot is the Helen Lake trailhead. This popular hike is strenuous, but the reward is in the stunning mountain scenery, as the trail crosses a series of alpine meadows covered in summertime wildflowers as it climbs toward Helen Lake. The best views of the Crowfoot Glacier are found further up the trail, but only hikers willing to tackle the steep Helen Lake Headwall will have unobstructed views of the Wapta Icefield, which lies beyond the Continental Divide.  

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Both the Crowfoot Glacier viewpoint and the Helen Lake Trailhead are found 22 miles (35 km) north of Lake Louise on the Icefield Parkway. The Helen Lake trail is 7.5 miles (12 km), and most hikers require four to five hours to complete the trek. 

Address: Icefield Parkway, Banff, Canada
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9 Tours and Activities to Experience Crowfoot Glacier

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Athabasca Glacier Snow Trip from Banff

Athabasca Glacier Snow Trip from Banff

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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.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$236.75
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$236.75
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Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway - Full-Day Tour

Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway - Full-Day Tour

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The Rockies boast some of Canada’s most spectacular scenery, but the rugged mountain terrain poses a unique set of challenges. On this full-day sightseeing tour, enjoy round-trip travel from Banff and reach far-flung attractions including Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway in comfort. Stop at picturesque spots including Bow Falls and Moraine Lake, and enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour—limited to 15 people.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$141.97
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Columbia Icefield Adventure 1-Day Tour from Calgary or Banff

Columbia Icefield Adventure 1-Day Tour from Calgary or Banff

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Explore the frozen expanses of the Columbia Icefield, snap photos of the snow-covered peaks of the Rocky Mountains, and learn about the erosive legacy of the Crowfoot Glacier on this day trip around Banff and Jasper's national parks. At the edge of the Columbia Icefield, hop out to explore a small corner of the largest icefield in North America and consider consider an optional tour to the Columbia Icefield Ice Explorer, once in a lifetime experience to visit the heart of the incredible Icefields Parkway. Continue on to the shores of Bow Lake, where you can snap photos of the Waputik Range's jagged peaks, and check out the icy foot of the Crowfoot Glacier. Learn how this massive sheet of ice carved out the area's mountain-studded skyline, and then swing by Peyto Lake, whose blue-green waters seem to glow due to their high mineral content.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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$157.84
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Jasper National Park 2-Day Tour

Jasper National Park 2-Day Tour

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Explore the largest national park in the Rockies. At the edge of the Columbia Icefield, hop out to explore a small corner of the largest icefield in North America and consider optional tours to the Ice Explorer and Columbia Icefield Skywalk experiencing the heart of the incredible Icefields Parkway, one of the largest non-polar ice fields in the world. Climb on board an all-terrain Ice Explorer and head on to the surface of the Athabasca Glacier. Walk on, feel and drink from the ancient ice while you learn about glaciers and icefields. Continuing on Skywalk to view features waterfalls, wildlife, fossils and more on an exciting 1-kilometre walkway that leads to a platform where glass is all that separates you from a 918-foot (280 m) drop. You will enjoy the town of Jasper’s beautiful sights, Maligne Canyon and the crystal blue waters of Maligne Lake. At Maligne Lake you have a chance to take an unforgettable cruise to Spirit Island (Optional).
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$377.05
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Rockies Special 2-Day (Banff National Park and Columbia Icefield)

Rockies Special 2-Day (Banff National Park and Columbia Icefield)

Explore the frozen expanses of the Columbia Icefield, snap photos of the snow-covered peaks of the Rocky Mountains, and learn about the erosive legacy around Banff and Jasper's national parks. At the edge of the Columbia Icefield, hop out to explore a small corner of the largest icefield in North America and consider consider an optional tour to the Columbia Icefield Ice Explorer. Continue on to the shores of Bow Lake, where you can snap photos of the Waputik Range's jagged peaks, and check out the icy foot of the Crowfoot Glacier, and then swing by Peyto Lake whose blue-green waters seem to glow due to their high mineral content. From the quaint mountainside town of Banff, to the must-visit natural attraction Johnston Canyon (if closed, replaced by Lake Minnwanka). Scope out the snow-dusted peaks, misty falls, and dramatic canyons around Banff as you explore this rugged slice of Alberta with an experienced guide.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$377.05
Price varies by group size
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$377.05
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Rockies Classic 2-Day Tour (Yoho National Park and Columbia Icefiled)

Rockies Classic 2-Day Tour (Yoho National Park and Columbia Icefiled)

Explore the frozen expanses of the Columbia Icefield, snap photos of the snow-covered peaks of the Rocky Mountains, and learn about the erosive legacy around Banff and Jasper's national parks. At the edge of the Columbia Icefield, hop out to explore a small corner of the largest icefield in North America and consider consider an optional tour to the Columbia Icefield Ice Explorer, once in a lifetime experience to visit the heart of the incredible Icefields Parkway. Skirt the slopes of the Continental Divide as you explore Yoho National Park and beyond with an experienced local guide. Spend time meandering along the shores of Moraine Lake's opalescent waters and examine the natural span of a river-carved bridge created over thousands of years, and also make a stop at Lake Louise to snap photos of its turquoise waters.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$383.89
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$383.89
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Private Tour for 1 to 10 guests of Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway

Private Tour for 1 to 10 guests of Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway

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Stand beside Lake Louise and experience the vast landscapes, soaring mountains, of Banff during this small-group, private full-day, guided tour along the Icefield Parkway. Bring up to five passengers and set off along the winding and spectacular road making stops at stop at Lake Minnewanka, Bow falls, Crowfoot Glacier and more. Enjoy aerial views of of Banff from Mount Norquay after ascending its switchback road to the top.
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  • 8 hours
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3-Day Rocky Mountains Athabasca Tour from Banff

3-Day Rocky Mountains Athabasca Tour from Banff

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If you want to explore the mountains surrounding Banff but don’t have your own transportation, this 3-day guided tour is for you. All the driving, accommodations, and logistics are covered, so you can focus on discovering the glacial lakes, mountains, and wildlife of the Canadian Rockies. Plus, traveling with a guide and a group of fellow travelers adds a fun twist to the trip.
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  • 3 days
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$421.98
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6-Day Rocky Mountains Wapiti Tour from Banff finish Vancouver

6-Day Rocky Mountains Wapiti Tour from Banff finish Vancouver

If exploring the Canadian Rocky Mountains is on your must-see [bucket?] list, then our 6 day Wapiti tour is for you! Starting in Banff, you will travel the world famous Icefields Parkway through Banff and Jasper National Parks, stopping at stunning lakes and raging waterfalls, while hiking, swimming and spotting wildlife as you go. You’ll also visit the Okanagan desert region and will travel the Fraser Canyon where you’ll learn about Nlaka’pamux Indigenous history and culture before finishing in Vancouver. Come ride the Moose! Note: the Wapiti is the final 6 days of the 8 day Caribou tour. Some of your fellow travellers will have started together in Vancouver before you join them. Moose tours are designed for 18 to 39 year olds, but we welcome all adventurous travellers that are 18+.
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  • 6 days
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$735.15
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