Crowfoot Glacier Tours
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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.
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
6 Tours and Activities to Experience Crowfoot Glacier
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.
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.
The 6 day Wapiti Tour is a great way to see the Canadian Rocky Mountains and the highlights of southern British Columbia. Starting in Banff and finishing in Vancouver, you will travel the world famous Icefields Parkway through Banff and Jasper National Parks. You’ll also visit Yoho National Park, and explore Kelowna and the Okanagan desert region. 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.
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.
Nature and Wildlife
Classic 3-days guided tour exploring the popular sightseeing point in Rocky Mountain National Parks! ☆ Guaranteed 1-night stay at Banff Town and 1-night at Jasper Town ☆ Pick up from Calgary and Banff ☆ Save Time! Explore 3 famous National Parks, Banff, YOHO, and Jasper in Canada in 3 days ☆ Closer to see the Columbia Icefield ☆ Professional local tour guide and driver
Nature and Wildlife
Classic 3-days guided tour exploring the popular sightseeing point in Rocky Mountain National Parks! ☆ Guaranteed 1-night stay at Banff Town and 1-night at Jasper Town ☆ Pick up from Calgary and Banff ☆ Closer to see the Columbia Icefield ☆ Professional local tour guide and driver
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