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Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff

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icon11 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Discover the awe-inspiring mountain scenery and massive glaciers of Alberta’s Rocky Mountain region on this full-day Banff glacier tour to the Columbia Icefields. As you follow one of the world’s most famous mountain drives, the Icefield Parkway, you’ll stop at stunning Lake Louise, Crowfoot Glacier and Peyto Lake before the tour culminates in an all-terrain ride on the Ice Explorer through the amazing Columbia Icefields. This day trip includes roundtrip transport from multiple locations in Banff, a knowledgeable guide and buffet lunch.
  • Full-day tour from Banff to the Columbia Icefield
  • Enjoy one of the greatest mountain drives in the world, the Icefield Parkway
  • Learn about the history behind glaciers and ice fields from an expert guide
  • Step onto ice formed from snow that fell as many as 400 years ago
  • Take a stroll around Lake Louise

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

See Banff’s coolest spots in one day with this tour that provides a hot lunch to keep you replenished and warm.
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Ride in the Ice Explorer
Hot buffet lunch
Air-conditioned vehicle
Pick-up and/or drop-off at multiple locations available
Local Taxes
Columbia Icefield Skywalk Admission
Gratuities (optional) Food and drink
  • Banff , Banff, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta
  • Elk + Avenue Hotel , 333 Banff Avenue, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1B1 Canada
  • Fairmont Banff Springs , 405 Spray Avenue, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1J4 Canada
  • Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa , 521 Banff Avenue, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1H8 Canada
  • 8:00 AM
    This activity will end right where it started.Fairmont Banff Springs 7:35 am pickup Banff Caribou Lodge 7:35 am pickup Elk + Avenue Hotel 7:45 am pickup
    Explore the most scenic attractions in Canada’s Banff National Park and Jasper National Park on this full-day tour to the Columbia Icefields, the largest accumulation of ice south of the Arctic Circle. Your day in the Rockies finishes with an unforgettable ride on the all-terrain Ice Explorer atop the icefields, offering a first-hand view of this huge natural wonder.

    Start your tour with pickup in Banff, heading out for your first stop at Lake Louise, the superstar alpine lake of Banff National Park. From there, proceed north on the Icefields Parkway, considered by many to be one of the world’s greatest scenic drives, and listen as your guide shares details about the unique ecosystem of the area and about the history of its remarkable glaciers. You’ll also visit two of the parkway’s notable landmarks, Peyto Lake and Crowfoot Glacier, for photo opportunities and to take in the views.

    Next, arrive at the Columbia Icefields for your ride on the Ice Explorer, which takes you on a one-of-a-kind journey across the surface of this amazing sheet of ice. After your ride, stop by the Glacier Gallery, gift shop and restaurant at the Icefields Centre before boarding the bus for the drive back to Banff, where your day trip ends.
    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:  
    Victoria Glacier
    Views of Victoria Glacier
    Pass By:  
    Crowfoot Glacier
    Views of Crowfoot Glacier
    Stop At:  
    Big Hill Springs Provincial Park
    Stop to stretch your legs and use restroom
    Duration: 15 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Columbia Icefield Skywalk
    Experience the Glacier Skywalk
    Duration: 30 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Prior to your travel date, your hotel details must be advised to tour operator so they may arrange your pickup. If you do not indicate this at the time of booking, you will be required to call and advise them of this information directly. The contact details will be on your voucher once you have a confirmed booking
    • Guests may depart this tour in Lake Louise if accommodation has been arranged
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Banff Jasper Collection By Pursuit
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    See all safety measures taken by Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff.
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff?
    A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    See all safety measures taken by Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff.

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    • "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." See review
    • "This is a must do for anyone coming to the area; truly a once in a lifetime experience." See review

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    star-2
    Not what it said in the tin
    craigwilson100
    , Aug 2022
    One of the key parts of this itinerary for me was the 15 mine viewing stop of Lake Louise which we didn’t stop at. To this day it still shows on the itinerary when booking. This was despite time taken to stop at a service station for 20 mins, the visitors station at the glacier twice and 1.5 hours for lunch so time wasn’t an issue. The actual itinerary was never mentioned by driver or guide either so we assumed we would be going on way back which we didn’t. Glacier itself was impressive and enjoyed the glacier bus.
    star-2
    Tour was not as described.
    LesleyAnn_W
    , Aug 2022
    This tour was not as described. We did not stop at lake Louise. I was very disappointed in this as this was the final day of my vacation and it means I will most likely never get to go and see this. If I had know the exact tour that I was booking then I could have planned appropriately. As the description of the day was not accurate I would not recommend this tour. The only part that was accurate was the ice fields and glacier tour.
    star-5
    Amazing trip, incredibly unique opportunity to walk on a Glacier (before they're all gone!)
    Craig_K
    , Aug 2022
    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??
    star-5
    Glacier Walk - a MUST experience
    Jennel_C
    , Jul 2022
    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
    star-5
    Memorable tour
    harjit_s
    , Jul 2022
    Bus crew is fantastic. Service is great . Lunch is nice. Bus is neat and clean. Guide explains the sight scenes
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Worth it!!
    Judy_P
    , Jul 2022
    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
    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
    It was all very memorable and Elyse and Kiki were wonderful guides. Elyse a fantastic driver and Kiki a great host
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Awesome Time With Family!
    Muskaan_A
    , Jun 2022
    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!
    star-5
    Amazing!
    Palmira_H
    , Aug 2021
    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!
    star-2
    Not worth the cost / stuck on a bus with a cranky driver
    Ryan_O
    , Aug 2021
    This trip is not worth the cost. From Banff, it's essentially a full day spent on a bus with short breaks out for lunch and a ten-minute stroll on a small snowpack. The drive is nice and scenic, but on a bus you are not able to stop whenever you want (plus you might get a driver like ours, who cussed out traffic over the intercom and refused our request to put on music instead of his incessant babbling). I do not recommend this tour. Save yourself the hassle (and lots of $$) -- if you really want to see the remnants of a once-mighty glacier, drive up yourself.
    star-5
    Amazing
    Gina O
    , Oct 2019
    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
    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!
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Fabulous bucket list trip!!
    Christine G
    , Sep 2019
    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
    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
    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.
    star-4
    An enjoyable time
    Rachel_B
    , Sep 2019
    This was a good full day of seeing and doing. Our guides were informative and enjoyable to listen to.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Once in a Lifetime
    Rami M
    , Sep 2019
    The experience was outstanding from beginning to end. Fred was our guide and his knowledge and insights about the area added a special dimension to the overall trip. Walking on the glacier and the skywalk were unlike anything we have ever done before. This day- from pick up at our hotel to final drop off is a memory my husband and I will always treasure. Robin, our guide on the glacier was a both witty and humorous. This is a must do for anyone coming to the area; truly a once in a lifetime experience.
    star-5
    Perfect Tour
    stephenk233
    , Aug 2019
    The great combination, The Australian teacher and the driver Genesis, guided us to beautiful scenic places.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Icefield Tour
    Frank_L
    , Aug 2019
    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.

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