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Columbia Icefield Skywalk
Columbia Icefield Skywalk

Columbia Icefield Skywalk

Hours vary by season.
Jasper National Park, Jasper, Alberta

The Basics

At the Skywalk, make your way along the 1,312-foot (400-meter) Discovery Trail to the Discovery Vista. Here step out onto a curving, open-air observation platform where only a transparent pane of glass underfoot separates you from the Sunwapta Valley floor—918 feet (280 meters) below.

You can purchase an admission ticket and make your own way to the nearby Glacier Discovery Center, from where a shuttle bus transports you to the Skywalk. Alternatively, visit as part of an organized day tour from Jasper, Banff, or Calgary. Day tours typically combine visits to the Skywalk with the Athabasca Glacier, part of the breathtaking Columbia Icefield. One-way day tours, running from Jasper to Lake Louise (and vice versa), Banff to Jasper (and vice versa), and Jasper to Calgary are also available.

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Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff
Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff
$236.20 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Glacier Walk - a MUST experience
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
Jennel_C, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Jasper

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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
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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!!
star-5
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.
star-5
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!
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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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Complimentary audio guides are available to visitors.

  • The Skywalk is partially exposed and can be windy and cold, so dress warmly.

  • The Skywalk is accessible to wheelchair users.

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How to Get There

The Columbia Icefield Skywalk experience begins at the nearby Columbia Icefield Discovery Center in Jasper National Park, Alberta. To get there, drive 2.5 hours north from Banff or 1.5 hours south from Jasper along the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93). Free Skywalk-bound shuttle buses depart from the Discovery Center every 15 minutes. There is no parking at the Skywalk.

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When to Get There

The Skywalk is open from May through mid-October. The best time to come is directly after opening or in late afternoon, around the bulk of the visitors.

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Views from the Skywalk

On a clear day, you will be able to see a portion of the Columbia Icefield, one of Canada’s biggest expanses of glacial ice. The North Glacier of Mt. Athabasca is also visible, as is Mt. Kitchener. If you have a sharp eye, you may even be able to spot bighorn sheep and mountain goats roaming below.

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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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What are the nearest attractions to Columbia Icefield Skywalk?
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Attractions near Columbia Icefield Skywalk:
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What else should I know about attractions in Jasper?
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As well as visiting the Columbia Icefield Skywalk, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: