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Athabasca Glacier Snow Trip from Banff

From US$200.31
Highlights
  • Day trip to Athabasca Glacier from Banff
  • Gaze at the stunning glaciers and remnants of the last ice age
  • Enjoy breathtaking views along the Icefields Parkway
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Athabasca Glacier Snow Trip from Banff
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Overview
Enjoy this full-day tour from Banff, visiting the Athabasca Glacier and the stunning scenery lining the breathtaking Icefields Parkway. 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. Your tour also includes round-trip transport from Banff, a mountain picnic lunch, Glacier Skywalk, and an all-terrain Ice Explorer tour.
What to Expect
Explore the dramatic glaciers of Banff and Jasper National Park on this adventurous Athabasca Glacier tour. Along the way you’ll get a first-hand look at the key role these huge ice formations played in shaping the sweeping valleys, colorful alpine lakes, and soaring peaks of the region.

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 focus on the amphitheatre of mountains towering above. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife at the edges of the forest.

Dig into a hearty mountain picnic and take a photo stop at Bow Lake, one of the largest lakes in Banff National Park, against the backdrop of the Crowfoot Glacier.

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. You’ll also walk the glass floor Glacier Skywalk, hanging from the edge of the Sunwapta Valley, for unparalleled views of the canyon below and mountains around you.


Please note: This tour is seasonal, operating April through October.
Itinerary
Lunch Options:

Option 1: Chicken Club Wrap (mayonnaise, chicken, bacon, lettuce and tomato on a tortilla wrap)
Option 2: Roast Beef Sandwich (premium roast beef slices with lettuce, tomato, swiss cheese and horseradish mayonnaise on a kaiser bun)
Option 3: Vegetarian Wrap (tomato, cucumber, bell pepper, lettuce and hummus on a tortilla wrap)
Option 4: Gluten-free Green Salad with or without Chicken (romaine lettuce, tomato, green onion, cucumber and diced chicken with French dressing)
Child Option: Classic peanut butter and grape jelly sandwich



Also Included: Fruit, juice, potato chips and two bite brownies
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Reviews (85)
1 - 5 of 41 reviews
Reviewed 18 October 2018
How to become a glacier expert!

Matt was out tour guide on this full day excursion. With a lot of stops on the way (first stop just north of Lake Louise), you get to see many glaciers, lakes and mountains. And learn so much about the environment and especially glaciers. The...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Verena S
DiscoverBanffTours, Manager at Discover Banff Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2018

Hi Verena (AKA a newly appointed glacier expert), Thank you for joining us on the Columbia Icefields Parkway Tour with Matt. This tour certainly packs a lot into one day and we're thrilled that you enjoyed not only the amazing scenery but also learning about...More

Reviewed 13 October 2018
Athabasca Glacier Snow Trip

Our entire family took this trip and had an amazing time largely in part to our guide Andy. From the very start to the very finish of the trip nothing was too much trouble for Andy, he has a vast amount of knowledge on all...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank SModra
DiscoverBanffTours, Manager at Discover Banff Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2018

Hi Stu, Thank you for taking the time to share such a lovely review of the Columbia Icefields Parkway Tour with Andy. We strongly believe that the guide makes a huge difference to the tour experience and your description does sound exactly like him! We're...More

Reviewed 12 October 2018
Great Small Group Tour

I did two tours while in Banff, one with Discover Banff and another with a larger company and I much preferred this one. It was much more pleasant and relaxing to be on a small group tour. Ed was our tour guide and I thought...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Nicole S
DiscoverBanffTours, Manager at Discover Banff Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2018

Hi Nicole, Thank you for taking the time to share how much you enjoyed the Columbia Icefields Parkway Tour with Ed. This is a truly incredible place to visit and even more stunning with the snow-capped mountains at this time of year. We appreciate your...More

Reviewed 1 October 2018 via mobile
Glacier tour

Ed was our tour guide and he was fantastic! He kept up entertained the whole trip and was very knowledgeable! We couldn’t have asked for better weather. Well done!More

1  Thank Bneff2000
DiscoverBanffTours, Manager at Discover Banff Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2018

Hello, Thank you for sharing your experience and photos from the Columbia Icefields Parkway Tour with Ed. Did he play some of his irish tunes or bird songs for you? We're glad you enjoyed the tour and hope to see you back in Banff again...More

Reviewed 29 September 2018
Amazing

First of all, our tour guide Line was outstanding. Despite of being sick and not feeling well, she still did an excellent job. She was knowledgeable, had a great sense of humor and we felt very safe while we were driving around. The drive from...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank travelmonica2018
DiscoverBanffTours, Manager at Discover Banff Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2018

Hi Monica, Thank you for joining us on the Columbia Icefields Parkway Tour with Line and for taking the time to share your experience. You're right, this 11-hour tour does pack a lot in but we're glad to hear that you enjoyed all of the...More

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gillianb85
4 November 2018|
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Response from Dharshan K | Reviewed this property |
this tour doesn't ... if you want to see Louise or Moraine you have to be there very early like 7-8 am, else the parking fills up and they close the roads. we took one day on this tour, but drove the second and third day on... More
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Avi E
24 August 2018|
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Response from Doris M | Reviewed this property |
This tour did not go as far as Jasper.
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13 July 2018|
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Response from gjboyle66qwertyu | Reviewed this property |
Hi the day we were there, Most just had a jacket on To stop the wind Enjoy !!
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