Athabasca Glacier Snow Trip from Banff

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Athabasca Glacier Snow Trip from Banff
from USD $244.08
Visit Canada's famous glaciers on a full-day seasonal excursion from Banff. Your personalized small group tour takes you through an awe-inspiring landscape carved by glaciers and remnants from the last ice age, as you travel along the Icefields Parkway, one of the world's most scenic highways.
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In Brief

Banff, Canada
11 hours

April 16 to October 14

Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre, Highway 93 Icefields Pkwy, Improvement District No. 12, Jasper National Park, Alberta T1L 1J3 Canada

Departing from the centre, you'll 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.

Them, be transported to 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.

Duration: 3 hours

Pass By: Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta Canada

This tour travels halfway along the world-famous Icefields Parkway, recognized as one of the top drives in the world passing numerous Rocky Mountain peaks, glaciers, waterfalls and emerald lakes.

Stop At: Crowfoot Glacier, Improvement District No. 9, Banff National Park, Alberta Canada

A brief stop provides one of the day’s many up close glacier views.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Bow Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta Canada

You will visit Bow Lake, one of Banff National Park's largest lakes. Bow Lake is fed by meltwater from the Bow Glacier in the Wapta Icefield and lies at the base of Bow Summit.

Duration: 20 minutes


  • Professional guide
  • Picnic lunch
  • Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure: Ice Explorer! Tour and Glacier Skywalk
  • Small group tour (maximum of 24 guests)
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Entry/Admission - Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre


  • Gratuities

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
You must be ready 15 minutes prior to the tour departure time. Our guide will be there within the 15 minute pick up window.

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant rates do not include lunch
  • Early and late season road / trail closures may limit access to some areas.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

Once booked, this trip is fully non-refundable

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Great trip into the beautiful ice-fields. Knowledgeable guide Matt was excellent. Book this tour! You won’t regret it.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
My wife and I had a wonderful experience with the glacier tour! We saw some incredible sites that we'll remember forever...many pictures! Our guide for the day Ed was wonderfully knowledgeable, not only of the area but also the history. Many interesting discussions ensued. We also very much enjoyed meeting our tour mates!
• Submitted 05 Oct 2018
Well-worth taking this trip. Absolutely stunning scenery, although our guide could have eased up on the military-style organisation of the group. We were on holiday after all!
• Submitted 25 Sep 2018
The tour guide Alice was brilliant ! She made the trip informative and interesting with her great knowledge and sense of humour. Alice ensured everyone on the bus looked after. No one was ignored or left out as sometimes can happen in a group trip. My only disappointment was that there was not enough time on the glacier. The 15-20 mins flew past and seemed very rushed. The picnic stop turned out to be amazing as we got lucky and saw a bear in the woods !. A big thank you to Alice for looking after the group. Highly recommend the tour and company.
• Submitted 03 Nov 2017
Coming from the deep south, this was such an unique experience!!! Totally impressed by the beauty and majesty of the area! We only had 3 full days for the visit, so we took tours each day. Each tour was different. We know we would not have seen and enjoyed a fraction of the things we experienced if we had tried to do it ourselves. The guides were knowledgeable and friendly. Would go back again in a heartbeat!!
• Submitted 04 Oct 2017
Fantastic day. Stunning stops to and from the glacier, and Ed was a lovely, informative guide with a lot of knowledge. This trip was the perfect first jaunt into the park. The glacier itself was a little touristy, but when on vacation, it's okay to be touristy.
• Submitted 01 Oct 2017
Awesome day. Stop at Bow Lake was spectacular!
• Submitted 28 Sep 2017
Départ du centre-ville de Banff vers 9h30 AM, on emprunte la magnifique Iceflieds Parkway. Première partie : Visite du lac Bow, vue sur le glacier Crowfoot. Petit arrêt pour un pique-nique à Saskatchewan Crossing. Le repas est fourni : chips, wrap, pomme, jus de fruit et brownies. Seconde partie : Accès au glacier Athabasca avec un véhicule spécial, puis visite du lac Peyto sur le chemin du retour. Notre guide, Hugh, était très sympathique et passioné, bien que la visite fut soumise à un timing parfois serré.
• Submitted 13 Aug 2017
Very pristine scenery surrounded by mountains and glacier ice/snow which has been there since the ice age time. The weather cooperates on the way up until we stepped on the glacier snow walk. Highly recommended for people who loves cold weather.
• Submitted 08 Aug 2017
This was an amazing one-day tour. Our tour guide, Hugh, was great. He had lots of interesting information and stories about the geography and people who had discovered and developed these areas of the Canadian Rockies. He was very flexible on timing for stops along the way, and when weather and logistics issues required some minor changes. The scenery is beautiful. The experience on the glacier was one you will not want to miss. The next time we do this, I think we will consider the glacier ice walk. We ended up staying in Canmore, rather than Banff. They were very helpful to direct us to a centrally-located meeting place in Banff to meet the tour bus in the morning.
• Submitted 27 Jul 2017
The ice field parkway is a must visit. Very pretty.
• Submitted 18 Jul 2017
This was a very nice trip with a lot of great scenery and wonderful to be in such a small party. Our guide was very informative and helpful and I would highly recommend the store to anybody who wants to see the sights.
• Submitted 12 Jul 2017
This tour was on a smaller bus with about 17 individuals. The smaller group size meant less time was spent waiting for individuals to return to the bus after the various stops. The reservation and boarding process went without a hitch. Our tour guide was Norm, he was very knowledgeable of the area and its wildlife and also very engaging. The glacier is a long ride from Banff however the stops at several scenic locations made it enjoyable. The park is beautiful! The walk on the glacier and ride to it in the Explorer vehicle was a unique experience in itself.
• Submitted 24 Sep 2016
Fantastic Tour. Our tour guide Ben was friendly and knowledgeable and even handed out bottles of water throughout the day. The glacier is a must see. The lunch was delicious and fresh. We really enjoyed our day.
• Submitted 22 Aug 2016
Rose our driver was excellent . She was very knowledgable and it was obvious she loves the area. It's nice to know what you're looking at and the history of the area. We packed in a lot of sightseeing into the day. Smaller Bus size was a plus.
• Submitted 12 Jul 2016
Terrific tour with a terrific guide! Very knowledgeable! It was nice to be with a smaller group also rather than a large tour bus.
• Submitted 11 Jul 2016
A wonderful trip. The whole day was so enjoyable - so much to see along the way. Obviously the glacier was the highlight of the day, but we also enjoyed our picnic in the warm sunshine in a field surrounded by snow clad mountains. Our driver was excellent.
• Submitted 07 Jul 2016
Anick our guide was awesome. Tour was great and we got to see a grizzly bear and two brown bears.
• Submitted 22 Jun 2016
Love the trip. Our guide tour was excellent and knowledgeable! We had so much fun ! This was a trip to remember. It was worth it. All the staff were very helpful and informative as well. Both Viator and Discovery staff did a good job. We encountered rain, sunshine, and snow all in one day but Athabasca Glacier trip was a unique experience that we'd never forget. We love Western Canada.
• Submitted 22 Jun 2016
although we did not have nice weather for our trip, we still enjoyed it very much. Our guide and chauffeur was excellent, giving us plenty of information at the different sites we visited.
• Submitted 17 Sep 2015
Great scenery, great tour. Highly recommend this tour.
• Submitted 03 Sep 2015
A wonderful experience. The drive was very pleasant and the guide informative and well organised. I would thoroughly recommend this tour.
• Submitted 08 Jun 2015
This was an outstanding tour. The tour guide was fantastic. Full of knowledge and always willing to help and offer information. Highly recommend this. Some more time on the glacier would have been nice.
• Submitted 19 Aug 2014
• Submitted 11 Dec 2013

In Brief

Banff, Canada
11 hours

April 16 to October 14

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