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Ice Explorer Glacier Tour and Glacier Skywalk

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Combine visits to the Glacier Skywalk and the Athabasca Glacier on a tour from the Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre. Ride in a huge ice explorer for a guided tour of the glacier and listen to engaging commentary about glaciers, the local ecosystem, and environmental changes. Then walk on the glass-bottom Skywalk for photo-worthy views over the cliff's edge.
  • Ice explorer tour to Athabasca Glacier with visit to the Glacier Skywalk
  • Narrated tour of the Columbia Icefield on a rugged ice explorer vehicle
  • Stop to walk along the glacier
  • Access to the glass-bottom Glacier Skywalk
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Guided drive to Athabasca Glacier
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Athabasca Glacier , Athabasca Glacier, Alberta T0E 1E0, Canada

Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Center. Latitude 52°13.220 N and Longitude 117°13.441 W.

5/16/2022 - 10/10/2022
Monday - Sunday:10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
5/16/2022 - 10/10/2022
Monday - Sunday:10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
Your tour departs from the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre; tours depart every 15 to 30 minutes, and your ticket is valid for any departure on the day you select. 
Climb aboard a specialized ice explorer, an enormous, rugged vehicle built to handle the glacial terrain. As you travel through the largest icefield in the Canadian Rockies, listen to your guide's informative commentary. Pass sights such as the Weeping Wall, Crowfoot Glacier, Peyto Lake, and Bow Lake on what is widely considered one of Canada's most scenic drives. 
At the Athabasca Glacier, hop out and walk along the glacier, where you can even fill up your water bottle with pure, pristine snowmelt.
On the return trip, stop at the Glacier Skywalk for refreshments and walk along the glass-bottom walkway out over the cliff's edge. Then, back to the ice explorer for the final drive back to the Discovery Center and a return to your vehicle.
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Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre
No trip to Jasper is complete without a visit to the famed Columbia Icefield, the largest ice field in the Canadian Rockies. Jaw-dropping views of towering mountains, rocks, ice and pure white snow as far as the eye can see. From the Discovery Centre, you will board a specialized Ice Explorer that will take you down a frozen roadway to the Athabasca Glacier. Along the way, your driver will provide commentary about glaciers, their impact upon the local ecosystem, and the environmental changes rapidly transforming these massive scenic wonders. Once you reach the Athabasca Glacier, you will have the opportunity to hop out, walk along the glacier and even fill up your water bottle with pure, pristine snowmelt. Once the tour is complete, you will head over to the Glacier Skywalk, where you will walk along the glass bottom walkway out over the cliff's edge. After stopping to appreciate the incredible view and capture a few photographs, it's back to the Discovery Center.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Ice Explorer Glacier Tour and Glacier Skywalk?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Ice Explorer Glacier Tour and Glacier Skywalk?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Ice Explorer Glacier Tour and Glacier Skywalk?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Ice Explorer Glacier Tour and Glacier Skywalk?
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 Ice Explorer Glacier Tour and Glacier Skywalk.

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Traveler Tips

  • "Bring empty water bottles so you can fill up with some "cold" glacier water!" See review
  • "No need to be afraid of heights since glass is capable of holding 4 Million squirrels at once." See review
  • "A regular bus takes you across the road to a point where the “special” busses are." See review


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Wonderful experience in the land of glaciers.
, Jun 2022
Walking on the Athabaskan Glacier was a thrill. The staff was friendly, informative and humorous. The Skywalk was truly a unique experience.
Blue ice!
, Jun 2022
Walking on the glacier was amazing. The blue ice sparkled in the sun. I learned that glacier ice is more dense due to its mineral content.
Great experience!
, May 2022
The ride in the monster bus was pretty cool, and walking on a glacier as well as a glass bridge. I high recommend this experience.
The experience of the ice...
, May 2022
The experience of the ice field and skywalk was amazing. A tour time was not identified despite calling the contact office. One call not returned and 2nd call no one confirmed time, which was understood to be 11 am. As a result, we had an extended, which we had hoped to avoid by buying tickets in advance. We certainly enjoyed the experience. But, for confirmed time, in future, I would book directly with the main office.
The tour was well...
, Sep 2021
The tour was well organized. The host is enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the glaciers which makes the tour more fun. The glaciers are beautiful which make it sad that they are melting quickly.
1 traveler found this review helpful
A spécial THANKS ro Colby...
, Sep 2021
A spécial THANKS ro Colby Who Washington operating the Caribou glacier rider ! Vers entertaining and informative !
, Sep 2021
Ken was the driver and tour guide. Excellent, organized and safe⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. I highly recommend this tour.
Icefield Discovery Centre Did NOT honour our pre-booking through Viator
, Sep 2021
I booked this tour (for myself and my adult son) for the afternoon of August 18, 2021 (via Viator and paid in full on July 2, 2021). When we arrived at the ticket booth of the Icefield Discovery Centre, around 3:30 p.m., there were long line-ups, and there was no separate line for "pre-paid / pre-booked" customers. When we finally reached the ticket booth, and presented our Viator confirmation, the lady could not find our "booking". Even though we presented to the tour operator (Pursuit) our proof of payment, we could not get on the glacier tour at all. When we asked for help, a supervisor kind of person told us that the buses were full, and he would try to fit us into a bus IF there were available spots. Our question is what good is a confirmation from Viator and a Booking Reference # when the tour operator appeared to have not set aside pre-booked slots for those who had advanced booking? When I called Viator for a refund, Viator referred me to Pursuit. I called Pursuit, they referred me back to Viator because I bought tickets from a "3rd party". The result is that neither Viator nor Pursuit was willing to give me the refund. I have now escalated to Viator's investigations and resolutions for a refund, as the amount had clearly gone through my credit card account on July 2, 2021, paid to VIATORTRIPADVISOR UK LONDON..
1 traveler found this review helpful
Definitely a must-see when visiting Jasper
, Aug 2021
The tour was incredible. It's good for all ages. Don't forget to take snow pants and winter boots. Some crazy people came in shorts and flip-flops.
The ice explorer Sam was...
, Aug 2021
The ice explorer Sam was great, he joked with us, gave us information about the glacier! It was awesome, the skywalk and the organization in this place was very poor. I felt like I never knew where to go, because all the workers were not on the same page. It was kind of frustrating.
2 travelers found this review helpful
Glacier walk
, Aug 2021
Walking on a glacier and drinking glacier water was awesome!! The view up top was fabulous!! Our guide was fantastic
1 traveler found this review helpful
Do your job
, Aug 2021
We almost did not get to go to this excursion because your 3rd party does not book times lots when people pay for it. The company said you were supposed to book a time slot. Thankfully they were able to get squeeze us in. I will no longer book any excursions with you guys.
2 travelers found this review helpful
, Aug 2021
The bus ride to the glacier. The guide was excellent. They should provide proper shoes for the slippery ice as I was so scared that I would slip on the ice and I couldn’t enjoy the experience.
Totally worth it
, Jul 2021
Loved it... it was one of a kind experience the guides were very knowledgeable n the people were very friendly
, Jul 2021
Everyone is very good at their jobs and are very educated on what they do. The whole tour is amazing and it included the skywalk which was nice
Beautiful experience
, Jul 2021
Glacier is about 2 hours away from Banff. The boarding point is maintained very well. Clean washrooms and things available to eat. From boarding to the journey everything is nicely done. Guides/driver are friendly and knowledgeable. Glacier ice walk is one of a kind experience. Skywalk is also cool experience. No need to be afraid of heights since glass is capable of holding 4 Million squirrels at once. Overall happy experience
Well Worth It!
, Jul 2020
WOW......IS JUST AN UNDERSTATEMENT! Highly recommend it! The Glaziers...Melting and Amazing Thing To See.......Along with the Walk Out! Had A Fantastic Outting1
scheduling management
, Jun 2020
pls coordinate your database management with the columbia glacier scheduling. More precision on setting the schedule
1 traveler found this review helpful
Organized and insightful experience
, Oct 2019
I was worried at first that it will be hard to navigate and do both attractions but everything is so organized and clear that everything went smooth. The bus guides were very informative and the experience was great
, Sep 2019
This was an amazing tour. Our guide Couiler was great with his knowledge as well as his friendliness toward our group.

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