The Columbia Icefield in the Canadian Rockies is a complex mass of ice that becomes even more impressive when experienced up close and personal on a guided walking tour.
Our unique interpretive adventures on the Athabasca Glacier are led by experienced guides who will share the mysteries of this barren world. They’ll explain how glaciers form and move, what different areas of a glacier are called, and the impact glaciers have on micro- and macro ecosystems. You’ll get a firsthand view of spectacular blue ice, gaping chasms, and the massive power of snow and ice moving inexorably forward.
The icewalk tours start right in the middle of the Icefield Parkway which travels through both Jasper National Park and Banff National Park. This highway has been referred to as the world’s most spectacular journey, and passes very near to where the Athabasca Glacier flows out from the larger mass of the Columbia Icefield.
The Columbia Icefield is the largest body of ice in the Rocky Mountains and is comprised of at least six different glaciers!
The Columbia Icefield straddles the border of British Columbia and Alberta, as well as the boundary between Jasper and Banff National Parks. Twenty five kilometers long, it crosses the Continental Divide which means that it sends water to both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, as well as northward to the Arctic Ocean.
Our glacier adventures are not particularly strenuous, but are lengthy enough to give you plenty of time to explore the beauty and complexity of the glacier. The Canadian Rockies hold many natural wonders and the Athabasca Glacier is just one of them. Whether you choose the popular Ice Cubed tour, or the longer Icewalk Deluxe, your eyes will be opened to the many components that exist in the seemingly simple world of solid rock and moving ice!