At six kilometres long and one kilometre wide, the impressive Athabasca Glacier descends dramatically from the 325-square-kilometre Columbia Icefield. And while the icefield is mostly out of sight, the Athabasca Glacier can be easily viewed and accessed right from the Icefields Parkway!
A Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure gives you the chance to see one of these wonders of nature up close. The 80-minute journeys run April through October (see profile for exact dates), and bring you right up onto the glacier with the help of an experienced driver-guide. You’ll be fascinated to learn all about glaciers and icefields and their impact on our alpine environment. Halfway through the tour you can step out onto the glacier with your own two feet and take in the awesome expanse of ice around you.
Tours on the Ice Explorers depart every 15-30 minutes from the Icefield Centre, giving you ample opportunity to take in this unique experience.