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Crowfoot Glacier

Crowfoot Glacier

Icefield Parkway, Banff, Canada

The Basics

A lookout point along the Icefields Parkway provides the perfect opportunity to stop and admire the majestic Crowfoot Glacier, perched amongst the rugged mountains across the valley. The overlook is a popular stop on tours that travel the Icefields Parkway, and traveling the road on a tour—rather than driving yourself—enables you to enjoy the views instead of keeping your eyes on the road. To spend more time admiring the glacier, hike the Helen Lake Trail. The popular trail offers ample glacier viewing opportunities.

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Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff
Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff
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$239.84 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Amazing!
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!
Palmira_H, Aug 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Banff

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Amazing
Gina O, Oct 2019
Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff
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.
star-5
Exciting Icefield Tour
Mary_P, Oct 2019
Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff
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!
star-5
Fabulous bucket list trip!!
Christine G, Sep 2019
Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff
Amazing trip. Spectular scenery. Breathtaking views. Shaun and Frank were amazing and very knowledgeable guides. Another tick off my bucket list!!
star-5
Go before they disappear. Well worth it!
Sheila K, Sep 2019
Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff
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.
star-5
Outstanding experience
NICOLE_J, Sep 2019
Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff
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.
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An enjoyable time
Rachel_B, Sep 2019
Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff
This was a good full day of seeing and doing. Our guides were informative and enjoyable to listen to.
star-5
Perfect Tour
stephenk233, Aug 2019
Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff
The great combination, The Australian teacher and the driver Genesis, guided us to beautiful scenic places.
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Icefield Tour
Frank_L, Aug 2019
Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff
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.
star-5
Great tour
Leanne_L, Jul 2019
Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff
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.
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Fun times on the Columbia Icefield
Debra_P, Jun 2019
Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff
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.
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Great Trip
Devika_B, May 2019
Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff
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.
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Great tour!
Miki_I, Oct 2018
Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff
Great tour packed with all the beautiful sites in a day! Tour operators were knowledgeable and friendly.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Crowfoot Glacier viewpoint along the Icefields Parkway has an informational plaque to help you identify the glacier and surrounding mountains.
  • The glacier is located high on Crowfoot Mountain and is not accessible on foot—it can only be viewed from a distance.
  • The viewpoint is paved and wheelchair accessible.
  • A national parks pass is required for driving the Icefields Parkway.
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How to Get There

The viewpoint for Crowfoot Glacier is located along the Icefields Parkway about 21 miles (34 kilometers) north of Lake Louise. The Helen Lake trailhead is located across the highway from the Crowfoot Glacier viewpoint.

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When to Get There

The mountain highway is best traveled from June through September, when you have the best chance of clear weather and no snow. A clear day ensures the best views of the glacier, which is across the valley from the roadside viewpoint.

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Wildcard

Hiking the Helen Lake Trail The Helen Lake Trail begins across the road from the Crowfoot Glacier viewpoint. The well-marked trail leads you through a forest before rewarding you with views of the valley and Crowfoot Glacier. Ambitious hikers can continue past Helen Lake to the ridge above for even better views. Summertime hikers enjoy the added perk of meadows filled with wildflowers.

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