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Two people exploring the Athabasca Glacier
Tours & Rentals

Explore the Columbia Icefield

Crisp air whispers down from the glacier headwall in a cool breeze. Frigid water trickles past along channels of ice so blue they trick the senses. The ancient ice lies up to 300 metres thick underfoot.

This is the unparalleled feeling of standing on the Athabasca Glacier of the Columbia Icefield. A trip across the glacier on a specially-designed Ice Explorer vehicle or the Ice Odyssey is as informative as it is entirely captivating.

Good To Know

Difficulty
Easy
Duration
1-3 hrs
When
May - Oct
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Location

Distance from Banff:
185km
Distance from Lake Louise:
130km

When to go

Operating Dates

MonthOperating Status
JanClosed
FebClosed
MarClosed
AprClosed
MayOpen
JunOpen
JulOpen
AugOpen
SepOpen
OctOpen
NovClosed
DecClosed

Local Tips

  • Book a morning tour for a quieter experience.

  • Winter Road Conditions: Check 511 Alberta before you head out for up-to-date road conditions.

  • Local’s Knowledge: Sit near the front of the bus for information and tips from your local driver.

More Information

  • Book the Columbia Icefield Adventure in advance to guarantee your spot and preferred time.