Apr – Oct
Season
9:30am
Departure Time
10 Hours
Duration
All Ages
Age
Leisurely
Activity

See, touch and even taste an ancient glacier that has been slowly creeping across the Rocky Mountains for millions of years.

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 their 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.

Included
  • Small group size (up to 24 guests per guide)
  • Professional certified guide
  • Ice Explorer
  • Hands on interpretive tools
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
Meal
  • Alpine Picnic Lunch
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

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

1

Crowfoot Glacier

One of the day’s many up close glacier views.
2

Peyto Lake

The classic emerald green jewel of the Canadian Rockies.
3

Saskatchewan Crossing

A rest stop/coffee break and home to Canada’s largest postcard display.
4

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.
5

Columbia Icefields Glacier Adventure

Venture onto the Athabasca Glacier on the Ice Explorer! and visit the interpretive centre.
6

Bow Lake

See the headwaters of the mighty Bow River.
Included
  • Small group size (up to 24 guests per guide)
  • Professional certified guide
  • Ice Explorer
  • Hands on interpretive tools
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
Meal
  • Alpine Picnic Lunch
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

Choose from the following lunch options:

  • Rockies Chicken Club Wrap
  • Roast Beef Sandwich
  • Vegetarian Wrap
  • Green salad with chicken (gluten-free)

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

Included
  • Small group size (up to 24 guests per guide)
  • Professional certified guide
  • Ice Explorer
  • Hands on interpretive tools
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
Meal
  • Alpine Picnic Lunch
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

The tour begins at 9:30am in Banff (or 10:15am in Lake Louise) and brings you back to Banff around 7pm (or Lake Louise at 6:15pm), approximately 9.5 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. The tour has several photo opportunities, including picturesque Peyto Lake.

A picnic lunch is included with your choice of menu options and on nice days we stop at Coleman Picnic Area by the Saskatchewan River. If the day isn’t nice enough we will have our lunch when we get to the Columbia Icefields, while you enjoy the view of the glacier before heading onto the Ice Explorer Tour. 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
  • Small group size (up to 24 guests per guide)
  • Professional certified guide
  • Ice Explorer
  • Hands on interpretive tools
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
Meal
  • Alpine Picnic Lunch
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

Please note that this tour requires a minimum of 4 participants, please call the day prior to confirm the tour.

Included
  • Small group size (up to 24 guests per guide)
  • Professional certified guide
  • Ice Explorer
  • Hands on interpretive tools
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
Meal
  • Alpine Picnic Lunch
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 Icefields Parkway Tour
Columbia Icefield Parkway
Columbia Icefield Parkway
Columbia Icefield Parkway Tour
Columbia Icefields Parkway Tour