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Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Calgary

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icon14 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
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Overview

Explore the majestic scenery along the Icefields Parkway, including a trip out onto Athabasca Glacier by all-terrain vehicle, during this 14-hour day trip from Calgary. Visit iconic sites like Lake Louise before enjoying a drive along the Icefields Parkway, admiring the road's jaw-dropping scenery, before arriving at the Columbia Icefield, where you'll have the chance to visit the amazing Athabasca Glacier up close on board the all-wheel-drive Ice Explorer.
  • Full-day tour from Calgary to the Columbia Icefield
  • Enjoy one of the greatest mountain drives in the world, the Icefield Parkway
  • Ride the all-terrain Ice Explorer (included)
  • Take a stroll around Lake Louise
  • Explore and dine in the quaint town of Banff
Discover the incredible mountain scenery and ancient glaciers of the Icefields Parkway during this day trip with lunch departing from Calgary. This excursion offers a great chance to get up close and personal with the massive ice formations that have shaped the geography of this region's wild landscape over many thousands of years.

Start your day trip with pickup from hotels in Calgary between 5:50 and 6:15am. Check with your tour operator for exact departure points and schedule. Then continue by coach out into the prairie and rolling hills of the Trans Canada Highway, watching as the scenery changes to foothills and then to the towering mountains of the Rockies as you enter Banff National Park.

Stop for a photo break at the picturesque shores of the brilliant-blue Lake Louise, with Mount Victoria and its Victoria Glacier visible in the distance. Proceed back onto the road, where you'll make additional stops at Crowfoot Glacier, Peyto Lake and Big Hill for more sightseeing and great photo opportunities. 

Continue your ride out onto Canada's iconic Icefields Parkway, a scenic road that winds past some of the world's most impressive alpine scenery, stopping at the Athabasca Glacier. Upon reaching this massive ice sheet, climb aboard the Ice Explorer for an up close and personal ride out onto the glacier itself. You'll even get to step onto this ancient ice for a short walk.

Please note: This tour is seasonal and only operates from May through to October.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Lake Louise
Enjoy the view at Lake Louise
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Brewster Sightseeing
Views of Banff National Park
Pass By:  
Crowfoot Glacier
Views of Crowfoot Glacier
Stop At:  
Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre
Enjoy the Icefield Experience on the glacier
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Columbia Icefield Skywalk
Enjoy the Glacier Skywalk
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Calgary?
A:
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Calgary?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Calgary.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Calgary?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Calgary.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Calgary?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Calgary.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Calgary?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

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Awesome Day!
calswift16
, Sep 2019
Getting to see a whole lot of Banff and even some of Jasper in just one day was amazing! The trip onto the glacier was the highlight of the day, and our guide and driver Reeve was super friendly and helpful, she made the trip 100x better.
star-5
Best Day Trip Ever! Worth every Penny!!!!
elisatotallefty
, Jul 2019
We stopped at every point listed. The tour guide and driver were both very knowledgeable and funny! Worth every penny and long day. Never a dull moment. A must do on your vacation!!!
star-5
Excellent & Value for money
tanjeetw
, Jul 2019
Everything was perfect, whatever promised was delivered, Good lunch, Knowledgable driver, good care. Wonderful trip. Columbia icefield driver Rusty is an amazing guy.
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It was a fabulous day. got to see...
JP
, Apr 2018
It was a fabulous day. got to see lake Louise, Banff and ice field as well as sky walk. the lunch however was not good, cheap asian buffet.
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I can't imaginge missing this tour. I...
Sharon F
, Oct 2017
I can't imaginge missing this tour. I posted a picture of the bus as my screen saver.
star-4
Having scaled a glacier in Alaska...
Richard M
, Sep 2017
Having scaled a glacier in Alaska, this tour was really COOL. You rode in an Ice Explorer whose tires were almost five foot tall. This vehicle transported us to the ice field as we listened to commentary from our young Brewster Travel guide. Once on the ice, we were allowed to walk within the safety zones. A glass of glacier water could be had. The glacier skywalk was less spectacular as you walked over a glass bottomed pathway.
star-3
The tour was pretty good for the...
SUSAN D W
, Jul 2017
The tour was pretty good for the most part. Lunch buffet was so so, not as nice as I expected. Our driver was great except we had trouble understanding his accent. We were dropped off at the depot to wait 90 minutes and never got to see downtown Banff. Lake Louise and the scenic parts were wonderful
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We were picked up at 6am and...
Linda J
, Jul 2017
We were picked up at 6am and returned to Calgary at 9pm so it was a very long day. Apart from about 30 minutes at Lake Louise, 2 hours at the glacier and a couple of brief stops, the rest of the day was spent travelling, but this did give us fabulous views of mountains, rivers, turquoise lakes and glaciers The buffet lunch was very nice, lots of choice. The trip onto the glacier was fun. Our driver, Nick gave us some interesting information about the vehicle and the glacier. Actually walking on the glacier was amazing, though crowded. The Skywalk was scary, unless you like walking on a glass floor. Our coach driver gave a running commentary and was able to name many of the mountains and glaciers we were passing.
star-4
This was an awesome tour. Driver...
Ralph W
, Jul 2017
This was an awesome tour. Driver and hostess the best! The beauty of Banff, Lake Louise, the scenery during this tour amazing and the Ice field and glaziers beyond description. Highly recommend, The only improvement would have been the buffet lunch at the glacier. There were always empty items and when asked staff did not seem to be concerned. After a long trip a tasty lunch would have been appreciated.
star-3
Clayton, out Guide was very...
Wendy R
, Jun 2017
Clayton, out Guide was very knowledgable. We would have preferred to have an extended stay in Banff area. Columbia Icefields were over crowded. Area where we were allowed to walk on, was very small and limiting. Lunch was mediocre. Although we arrived 20 minutes early for our return trip to Calgary, we did not have enough time to enjoy dinner in Banff as advertised. Feel this excursion was overpriced.

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