If there is one thing you should do when you visit the Canadian Rockies, it is the Glacier Adventure. This once-in-a lifetime experience will leave you feeling exhilarated and inspired, with an amazing ride on a massive Ice Explorer to trek onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier and a jaw-dropping walk along the glass-floored Glacier Skywalk at the cliff’s edge.
The adventure begins with a ride onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier in the all-terrain Ice Explorer while your experienced driver-guide will share fascinating information about glaciers, icefields and their impact on our environment. Your tour includes a stop along the glacier, where you can walk on the glacier and fill your water bottle with fresh glacier water. It’s the perfect time to capture the beauty of the icefield’s breathtaking mountain setting.
The grand finale to this experience is a stroll along the cliff-edged walkway of the Glacier Skywalk, where giant glaciers rest above and the spectacular glacier-formed Sunwapta Valley teems with wildlife below. Experience waterfalls, wildlife, fossils and more on this exciting 1-kilometre cliff-edged walkway that leads to a platform where glass is all that separates you from a 918-foot drop.
Tours depart every 15-30 mins from the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre from April to October. From there guests will be able to hop-on any of the designated Ice Explorers departing the glacier every 12 minutes to transfer to the Glacier Skywalk.
Driving Distances to the Columbia Icefield
|Banff, AB||180 km||2.5 hrs|
|Jasper, AB||108 km||1 hr|
|Lake Louise, AB||120 km||1.5 hrs|
|Calgary, AB||308 km||3.5 hrs|
|Edmonton, AB||450 km||5 hrs|
|Vancouver, BC||932 km||10.5 hrs|
Travelers heading north from Banff and Lake Louise follow the Mistaya and North Saskatchewan River systems, passing by the iconic sights of Bow Lake, Peyto Lake, Crowfoot Glacier, and the Weeping Wall. From Jasper, the route passes Athabasca Falls and the Sunwapta Canyon. This rugged expanse of mountain wilderness is home to elk, bighorn sheep, moose, mountain goats, grizzly bears, and black bears.
From Banff, travel 57 kms (35 miles) north on the Trans-Canada Hwy #1 to Lake Louise. Pass the Lake Louise turnoff and continue for approximately 1 km, watch for the Hwy 93N exit indicating the Columbia Icefield. Follow Hwy 93N for 125 kilometers (78 miles), to the Columbia Icefield.
From Calgary, travel 183 kms (114 miles) west on the Trans-Canada Hwy #1 to Lake Louise. Pass the Lake Louise turnoff and continue for approximately 1 km, watch for the Hwy 93N exit indicating the Columbia Icefield. Follow Hwy 93N for 125 kilometers (78 miles), to the Columbia Icefield.
From Edmonton, travel 366 kms (220 miles) west on Yellowhead Hwy #16, to Jasper. Proceed past the Jasper turnoff approximately 2kms to the 93S Junction. Turn left onto 93S Icefields Parkway and follow for 102 kms (63 miles) to the Columbia Icefield.
Driving here in a car with GPS? Enter the following coordinates into your GPS unit: Latitude 52°13.220 N and Longitude 117°13.441 W.
Brewster Travel Canada has been providing amazing natural experiences to guests of the Canadian Rocky Mountains since 1892. Starting with two young Brewster brothers providing guided excursions in the Rocky Mountain national parks, we are now a leading travel and tourism provider in Canada offering Canada-wide vacation packages. We own and operate four of the biggest attractions in the Rocky Mountains; the Banff Gondola, Banff Lake Cruise, Glacier Adventure and the all new Glacier Skywalk.