Apr-Oct
Season
8:00am
Departure Time
11 Hours
Duration
All Ages
Age
Leisurely
Activity

Travel along the world famous Icefields Parkway Highway and see, touch and even taste an ancient glacier on this thrilling full day Icefields adventure.

Sit back and enjoy the ride along the Icefields Parkway, one of the world’s most stunning scenic drives. Because you don’t have to navigate or watch the road, this tour lets you to focus on the amphitheatre of mountains towering above. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife at the edges of the forest.

Afterwards, dig into a hearty mountain picnic and take a photo stop at Peyto Lake – famous for its stunning pale milky-turquoise hue.

Climb aboard the Ice Explorer (a six-wheeled behemoth of a vehicle) and drive across the surface of this glittering sheet of ice. Getting thirsty? You’ll have a chance to drink pure, cold water straight from the glacier.

Walk the glass floor Glacier Skywalk, hanging from the edge of the Sunwapta Valley at 918-foot (280 m), for unparalleled views of the canyon below and mountains around you.

Included
  • Hotel pick up and drop off (Banff)
  • Glacier Skywalk
  • Professional certified guide
  • Ice Explorer
  • Hands on interpretive tools
  • Small group size (up to 24 guests per guide)
Meal
  • Alpine Picnic Lunch
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  • If one of our group itinerary tours appeals to you, it can also be arranged for you on a private basis. LEARN MORE.

Guide Quote

Rose's Pick

"Besides the amazing views you'll have a chance to try delicious water straight from the glacier." - Rose , Manager of Guiding Operations

Columbia Icefield Parkway Tour Reviews


The best parts of the tour for most people include the following:

1

Columbia Icefields Glacier Adventure and Skywalk

Venture onto the Athabasca Glacier on the Ice Explorer, followed by a jaw-dropping walk along the Glacier Skywalk.
2

Peyto Lake

The classic emerald green jewel of the Canadian Rockies (when access permits).
3

Mountain Picnic Lunch

Enjoy a hearty lunch with your choice of sandwich at a stop along the Icefields Parkway, rated as one of the most scenic highways in the world.
4

Crowfoot Glacier

One of the day’s many up close glacier views.
5

Bow Lake

See the headwaters of the mighty Bow River.
Included
  • Hotel pick up and drop off (Banff)
  • Glacier Skywalk
  • Professional certified guide
  • Ice Explorer
  • Hands on interpretive tools
  • Small group size (up to 24 guests per guide)
Meal
  • Alpine Picnic Lunch
DO A TOUR PRIVATELY?
  • If one of our group itinerary tours appeals to you, it can also be arranged for you on a private basis. LEARN MORE.

Guide Quote

Rose's Pick

"Besides the amazing views you'll have a chance to try delicious water straight from the glacier." - Rose , Manager of Guiding Operations

Columbia Icefield Parkway Tour Reviews


Choose from the following lunch options:

  • Chicken Club Wrap: mayo, chicken, bacon, lettuce and tomato on a tortilla wrap
  • Roast Beef Sandwich: premium roast beef slices with lettuce, tomato, swiss cheese and horseradish mayo on a kaiser bun
  • Vegetarian Wrap: tomato, cucumber, bell pepper, lettuce and hummus on a tortilla wrap
  • Green salad with chicken (gluten-free): romaine lettuce, tomato, green onion, cucumber and diced chicken with french dressing

Lunches also include fruit, juice, salted potato chips and two bite brownies.

Included
  • Hotel pick up and drop off (Banff)
  • Glacier Skywalk
  • Professional certified guide
  • Ice Explorer
  • Hands on interpretive tools
  • Small group size (up to 24 guests per guide)
Meal
  • Alpine Picnic Lunch
DO A TOUR PRIVATELY?
  • If one of our group itinerary tours appeals to you, it can also be arranged for you on a private basis. LEARN MORE.

Guide Quote

Rose's Pick

"Besides the amazing views you'll have a chance to try delicious water straight from the glacier." - Rose , Manager of Guiding Operations

Columbia Icefield Parkway Tour Reviews


The tour begins at 8:00am in Banff (or 9:00am in Lake Louise) and brings you back to Banff around 7pm (or Lake Louise at 6:15pm), approximately 11 hours.
The full day tour includes transportation from most hotels in Banff on a guided bus tour along the scenic Icefields Parkway to the Columbia Icefields Centre, where you will climb aboard the Ice Explorer to visit the Athabasca Glacier and walk on the glass floor Glacier Skywalk. The tour has several photo opportunities, including picturesque Peyto Lake (when access permits).

A picnic lunch is included with your choice of menu options. Please note that lunch is not included for infants.

We pick up from most hotels in Banff and the Samson Mall in Lake Louise, and you can select your preferred pick-up location during the booking process. For drop offs in Banff, our guide will ask you on the way back where you would like to be dropped off either in town or at your hotel.
While for a large portion of the tour you will be on the bus, it can snow, rain, hail or shine any month of the year at the Icefields and so we suggest to prepare for unpredictable weather and dress in layers with hats, gloves and warm shoes. It is usually only a few degrees cooler at the Icefields as it is in Banff, although the glacier does experience some cold winds. For shoes, we would suggest closed toes shoes such as trainers or outdoor shoes. It is also recommended to take sunglasses as it can be very bright on the glacier.
The drive from Banff to the Columbia Icefield is around 3 hours.
The tour from the Columbia Icefield Centre is about an hour and 15 minutes, where there will be guided commentary all the way. You will have about 20 minutes on the glacier itself.
Unfortunately the tour does not run in winter, as conditions are too harsh to travel on the glacier.
There is a chance of seeing wildlife on the tour and the Icefields Parkway is a common area to spot animals, however we do not guarantee seeing wildlife on any of our tours. Our guides have a lot of knowledge about the animals within the park and can fill you in about them if you see any wildlife or if you have any questions.
There is a 48 hour cancellation policy, which allows you to change/cancel or refund your booking up to 48 hours outside your booked tour (up to 7 days for group bookings).
Tips are not expected, but are certainly appreciated. If you think your guide did a wonderful job and would like to indicate that with a tip, it will be graciously accepted.

Included
  • Hotel pick up and drop off (Banff)
  • Glacier Skywalk
  • Professional certified guide
  • Ice Explorer
  • Hands on interpretive tools
  • Small group size (up to 24 guests per guide)
Meal
  • Alpine Picnic Lunch
DO A TOUR PRIVATELY?
  • If one of our group itinerary tours appeals to you, it can also be arranged for you on a private basis. LEARN MORE.

Guide Quote

Rose's Pick

"Besides the amazing views you'll have a chance to try delicious water straight from the glacier." - Rose , Manager of Guiding Operations

Columbia Icefield Parkway Tour Reviews


  • Early and late season road / trail closures may limit access to some areas.
  • Please note that this tour requires a minimum of 4 participants, please call the day prior to confirm the tour.
Included
  • Hotel pick up and drop off (Banff)
  • Glacier Skywalk
  • Professional certified guide
  • Ice Explorer
  • Hands on interpretive tools
  • Small group size (up to 24 guests per guide)
Meal
  • Alpine Picnic Lunch
DO A TOUR PRIVATELY?
  • If one of our group itinerary tours appeals to you, it can also be arranged for you on a private basis. LEARN MORE.

Guide Quote

Rose's Pick

"Besides the amazing views you'll have a chance to try delicious water straight from the glacier." - Rose , Manager of Guiding Operations

Columbia Icefield Parkway Tour Reviews


Columbia Icefields Parkway Tour
Touch an ancient glacier on the Icefields Parkway Tour with Discover Banff Tours
Drink glacier water on the Icefields Parkway Tour with Discover Banff Tours
Walk on the glass floor Glacier Skywalk on the Icefield Parkway Tour with Discover Banff Tours
Columbia Icefield Parkway Tour