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Columbia Icefield Adventure 1-Day Tour from Calgary or Banff

By Calgary Tours
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Highlights

  • Scenic trip around glaciers & ice fields outside of Calgary

  • Largest icefield found in North America's Rocky Mountains

  • Route includes trips to Bow Lake & blue-green Peyto Lake

  • Lessons about glacial ecology with visit to Crowfoot Glacier

  • Engaging guide offers intriguing commentary throughout

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About this activity

What's included, what's not

  • What's included

    Guided tour to Columbia Icefield

  • What's included

    National Park Fee

  • What's included

    Return transport with air-conditioned vehicle from city centre Calgary or Banff

  • What's included

    Live tour commentary provided in English and Chinese

  • What's included

    GST (good and service tax)

  • What's excluded

    Meals and drinks

  • What's excluded

    Personal expenses and insurance

  • What's excluded

    Additional excursions

Cleaning and safety practices

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  • Masks required
  • Contactless tickets
  • Vehicles and venues disinfected

Know Before You Book

  • Pickup from Banff is subject to availability. Please arrange pickup when you call to confirm your reservation.

  • Near public transport

  • Not wheelchair accessible

  • Most travellers can participate

  • This tour might be cancelled if it does not meet the minimum group size

What you can expect

Explore the frozen expanses of the Columbia Icefield, snap photos of the snow-covered peaks of the Rocky Mountains, and learn about the erosive legacy of the Crowfoot Glacier on this day trip around Banff and Jasper's national parks. Along the way, check out the sparkling waters of Bow and Peyto Lake (if closed, replaced by Waterfowl Lakes).

Leave from city centre Calgary with your guide, settling into a window seat to watch the forested landscapes outside of Alberta's capital give way to mountain peaks and river valleys. At the edge of the Columbia Icefield, hop out to explore a small corner of the largest Icefield in North America and consider an optional tour to the Columbia Icefield Skywalk (*closed for the season from Oct 12th), experiencing features waterfalls, wildlife, fossils and more on an exciting 1-kilometre walkway that leads to a platform where glass is all that separates you from a 918-foot (280 m) drop.

Continue on to the shores of Bow Lake, where you can snap photos of the Waputik Range's jagged peaks, and check out the icy foot of the Crowfoot Glacier. Learn how this massive sheet of ice carved out the area's mountain-studded skyline, and then swing by Peyto Lake, whose blue-green waters seem to glow due to their high mineral content.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

  • High-touch surfaces cleaned and disinfected
  • Vehicles and venues cleaned with disinfectants
  • Vehicles and venues kept vacant between travellers

Social distancing

  • Contactless ticket redemption
  • Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

  • Personal protective equipment worn by staff
  • Temperature checks given to staff
  • Temperature checks available
  • Masks required
  • Masks provided
  • Hand sanitizer provided

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Location

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Activity Location

  • Columbia Icefield Alberta
  • Alberta 93
  • Jasper Alberta T1L 1J3

Meeting/Redemption Point

  • Sandman Signature Calgary Downtown Hotel 07:30AM
  • 888 7 Avenue Southwest
  • Calgary Alberta T2P 3J3
  • McDonald's by the Calgary Olypmic Park 08:00AM
  • 8235 Bowridge Crescent Northwest
  • Calgary Alberta T3B 5A5
  • Banff Mount Royal Hotel 09:30AM
  • 138 Banff Avenue
  • Banff Alberta T1L
  • 2.9 average out of 5 rating of 5 reviews

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