Banff Glacier Trail

Discover the Glacier Trail!

A full day sightseeing tour that travels through a landscape carved by glaciers and opened by pioneers. The Icefields Parkway is rated as one of the most scenic highways in the world. See glaciers remaining from the last ice age. Hear stories of early explorers who opened these valleys. Enjoy an alpine picnic. See the Athabasca Glacier and Columbia Icefields Centre. Join a Ice Explorer! Tour ($31.95 value INCLUDED in tour cost) onto the glacier or explore the interpretive centre and surroundings.

Stops include:

Crowfoot Glacier (5 min)
One of the day's many up close glacier views

Peyto Lake (20 min)
The classic emerald green jewel of the Canadian Rockies

Mistaya Canyon (30 min)
Weather and group dependant. A dramatic example of water's sculpting power

Saskatchewan Crossing (10 min)
A rest stop/coffee break and home to Canada's largest postcard display

Picnic lunch (30 min)
Enjoy a hearty lunch at a scenic stop

Cirrus Mountain (10 min)
Look at the steep climb from the weeping wall and scope the avalanche slopes for wildlife

Bridal Veil Falls (5 min)
Fantastic view over the Icefields Parkway and the falls

Columbia Icefields (2.5 hours)
The destination. Venture onto the Athabasca Glacier on the Ice!Explorer and visit the interpretive centre

Bow Lake (10 min)
The headwaters of the mighty Bow River

The icefield parkway is one of the most scenic drives in the world and this tour will stop at the classic viewpoints as well as some of our favorites. If the group and weather are favorable, then there will be a short hike to Mistaya canyon.
Tour includes
Friendly guide
Small group size
Hands on interpretive tools
  Hotel pick up and drop off
  Hearty picnic lunch
  Ice! Explorer tour
  Refreshment and light snack
  Certified guide
  Use of binoculars
Banff Daily: 09:00
  Lake Louise (Samson Mall) Daily: 09:50
9 hours
Adult: $131.95
    (includes Ice Explorer Tour $31.95 value)
Children (6-15 yrs): $67.00
    (includes Ice Explorer Tour)
  5 yrs and under: FREE

snowcoach tour onto the athabasca glacier
bow summit - highest point on the icefields parkway (2156m) mountain goats bow lake (where the bow river in banff originates)
columbia icefields centre
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