Icewalk Glacier Tours
If you are interested in discovering more about the world of ice and snow, our guided interpretive Icewalk tours onto the Athabasca Glacier are designed just for you! The Columbia Icefield is made up of several different glaciers, and the Athabasca Glacier stretches down into close proximity of the Icefield Parkway, which makes it very accessible. Although it’s convenient, it still retains the raw beauty of an ancient ice flow, and sparks thoughts of a simpler time, long before any roads passed nearby. While hiking across the glacier you’ll get a close up view of sheer stone walls rising from the valley that has been carved out by the inexorable advance of millions of tons of snow and ice. You’ll cross small waterways that form on the icefield and etch blue-green paths, and all with constant views of the world renowned The Canadian Rockies.
As you’re driving along the Icefield Parkway plan to take a break and get some exercise on one of our tours. The Ice Cubed Tour is a three to four hour walk and explores the lower half of the glacier. The Icewalk Deluxe is for those who wish to venture further towards the top of the glacier and see as much as possible on a full day trip. Although not particularly challenging, both tours will keep you moving and a reasonable level of physical fitness will help you enjoy the experience to the fullest. Due to snow and ice conditions the farther reaching Deluxe tour may not begin until late June or early July so please call ahead for an up to date schedule.
Jasper National Park is the largest of five national parks in the Canadian Rockies and it’s full of natural wonders. The ability to drive almost to the edge of the Athabasca glacier is a very special opportunity, and we look forward to spending time with you and sharing the mysteries of the incredible Columbia Icefield and its impact on the formation of this beautiful area.