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Full Day Guided Glacier Hike on The Athabasca with IceWalks

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Canadian Rockies, Canada
Full Day Guided Glacier Hike on The Athabasca with IceWalks

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Set out on a glacier hike in the Canadian Rockies with this guided, small-group tour of the Athabasca Glacier. Meet your guide for a full-day hike and depart in the morning to explore this glacier along the Icefields Parkway. Gear including crampons for your boots is provided. Admire views of icefalls and various ice formations during the hike.
  • Go hiking over a glacier in the Canadian Rockies
  • See the Athabasca Glacier up close
  • Check out views of icefalls during this small-group tour
  • Learn about the glacier and local conservation efforts
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You will be provided micro-spikes (crampons for added traction on the ice) If you don't have your own: Rain gear, hiking boots, gloves, and hat
Warm layers - bring your own insulating layer
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Arrive 20 minutes prior to your departure. Meet in the West parking lot of the Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre. Look for the white vans with IceWalks logo as you pull off the highway. From there you will be shuttled a short distance to the trailhead.

9:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Service animals allowed
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY IceWalks
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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Full Day Guided Glacier Hike on The Athabasca with IceWalks?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Full Day Guided Glacier Hike on The Athabasca with IceWalks.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Full Day Guided Glacier Hike on The Athabasca with IceWalks?
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 Full Day Guided Glacier Hike on The Athabasca with IceWalks.

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star-5
Incredible experience
Kelly_W
, Aug 2022
Great all day tour with experienced guides. Lots of interesting information shared and I felt safe at all times
star-4
Great experience, but I was hoping for a bit more
Chris_D
, Jul 2022
First let me say that both my spouse and I have previously been on a glacier tour, originally in New Zealand. In comparison to that tour, this tour was good but not great. On the New Zealand tour, we were on a fast moving glacier and were almost immediately exposed to really interesting ice features, almost from the outset of the tour. In comparison, on the Athabasca Glacier, you need to hike quite a way before you get to the interesting stuff. In fact, by the time we got to the ice falls, which is where things get really interesting, it was time to turn back. So, I'd say the density of thrills-to-effort is a bit lower on the Athabasca. Having said that, our tour guide, Jason, was quite good and he did make the tour very interesting. He was full of information about the glacier and even had our teenaged children interested, which is no small feat. While 6 hours sounds like a lot of time, it went by quickly. If you've never been on a glacier before, this is absolutely worth the time. There may not be many more years before there are no easily accessible glaciers like this one to see. And, I do think you want to do the 6 hour tour because the three hour tour probably does not have enough time to reach the really interesting stuff.
star-5
Great day on the glacier!
Steve_Y
, Jul 2022
Mel is an amazing guide and the experience on the glacier was very immersive and spectacular! Thanks so much!
star-5
Splendid sunny ride on the glacier
Laurent_B
, Jun 2022
Amazing Guide, very interesting explanation from Adam. Very safe ride. wonderful sunny day. The trail is awesome. The view is unbelievable. A most.

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