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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
$233.43 per adult
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Andre and sea was...
Andre and sea was wonderful. They made the trip much more fun!! Andre is very knowledgeable. Cookie was a nice touch.
Ayesha_K, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Banff

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Memorable tour
harjit_s, Jul 2022
Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff
Bus crew is fantastic. Service is great . Lunch is nice. Bus is neat and clean. Guide explains the sight scenes
star-5
Andre and sea was...
Ayesha_K, Aug 2022
Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff
Andre and sea was wonderful. They made the trip much more fun!! Andre is very knowledgeable. Cookie was a nice touch.
star-5
Glacier Walk - a MUST experience
Jennel_C, Jul 2022
Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff
The experience of stepping my feet on these glaciers are exceptional. I cant trade this for anything else! You should try it! Thanks to our drive Colin and Kierin (Qui-Qui)! They made the special EXTRA Special
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Worth it!!
Judy_P, Jul 2022
Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff
Our tour guides Andrew and Xcinia were amazing and made the trip amazingly special. The whole experience was awesome the glacier was great!!
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Great experience overall
Jameela_P, Jul 2022
Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff
Tour leads Andre and Marnie were fantatsic, super friendly and kind, and very fun (and funny). Great experience all around, my family really loved it.
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Memorable
Jan_L, Jun 2022
Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff
It was all very memorable and Elyse and Kiki were wonderful guides. Elyse a fantastic driver and Kiki a great host
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Awesome Time With Family!
Muskaan_A, Jun 2022
Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff
Had an awesome time!!! Went with family of 8 and Collin, Sid and Brenan made the trip memorable for us all! They were all very enthusiastic and funny and kept entertained but very informative as well!
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Amazing trip, incredibly unique opportunity to walk on a Glacier (before they're all gone!)
Craig_K, Aug 2022
Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff
This trip was worth every penny, highly recommend! Our guide (Marnie) and driver (Mike) were tremendous hosts, and a bastion of knowledge as we were driven up through the Canadian Rockies. You'll make several stops along the way to see different Glacier and the Lakes they deposit into, not to mention the source of the Bow River (i.e. the Bow Glacier), which cuts right through Banff. We also had door to door service, as the tour included a pick-up at our hotel (this isn't offered at every hotel, so double check when you're booking!) but it's not a requirement either, as the trip finally takes off from the Bus Depot in Banff. It's a long day, with a 7:30am pick-up and a ~7pm drop-off, but if you are looking to see as much of the Rockies as possible, with guides to provide wonderful context and knowledge, then I would absolutely suggest you take this trip! Shoutout to our Driver Mike for keeping us informed as well during our drive up North...Also, where else can you walk on a Glacier??
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Amazing!
Palmira_H, Aug 2021
Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff
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!
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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.
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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!
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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!!
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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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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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As well as visiting the Crowfoot Glacier, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: