Columbia Icefields Parkway day trip
Activities

Columbia Icefields Parkway day trip

Free cancellation
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 11 hours
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Enjoy a drive along the Icefields Parkway
  • Admire Bow Lake
  • Climb aboard the Ice Explorer
What to expect

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 allows you to 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 glacier-fed lakes in Banff National Park, against the backdrop of the Crowfoot Glacier. You will then continue to the lower Waterfowl Lake along the Icefields Parkway, a stunning glacier lake set against Mt Chephren. Climb aboard the Ice Explorer (a six-wheeled behemoth of a vehicle) and drive across the surface of this glittering sheet of ice. You’ll also 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.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • What's included
    • Guided tour
    • Pick-up/drop-off (optional)
    • Picnic lunch
    What's not included
    • Gratuities
    • Infant rates do not include food
    Reduced price
    • Children (ages 6-12)
    • Infants (ages 5 and under): free, but food is not included
    Where

    138 Banff Ave, Banff, AB T1L, Canada

    Meeting point:

    If you choose the pick-up option, please be ready 15 minutes prior to the tour start time at your hotel/pick-up location. If you don't choose the pick-up option, please be ready 15 minutes prior to the tour start time at the public bus parking area behind the Mt Royal Hotel (138 Banff Ave, Banff); look for a blue minibus that says 'Discover Banff Tours’.

    What to remember
    • Please wear sunglasses and warm clothes, including hat, gloves and warm shoes (closed toes shoes such as trainers or outdoor shoes are recommended)
    • Due to the pandemic, all tours will be private tours with a minimum of four (4) adults (or equivalent cost) per booking
    • Hotel pick-up from Banff hotels is available, you must call to schedule this ahead of time (contact information will be in your voucher)
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    When
    • April to October: 8.00am
    • Please refer to the calendar for updated starting times and availability
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    Provider
    Discover Banff Tours
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 48 hours before the experience begins.

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