Columbia Ice Field
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  • jean
    Australia6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great trip
    It was interesting and an experience to have while visiting the Colombian ice fields. You only get to walk for a short time on the glacier and the boundary doesn’t let you go very far - I’m sure for safety reasons but it was still great. Thank you to the bus drivers Rhys, Paul and Tex.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 July 2023
  • Christina B
    Louisiana6,407 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Tour !!
    We have seen glaciers in a number of ways, but walking on a Glacier was an awesome experience!! Be on time or early as they recommend. We were coming in from the south and got stuck behind lots of slow moving campers, it had started to rain, then there was road work, all combined put us 1/2 hour later than planned & we just missed our tour time by a min. They rebooked us on next available, so we had 1 1/2 hours to kill. Just glad we could still go. You start to go to lining up areas 20-30 mins prior from the Boarding location.. there’s signs. Other words don’t be late !! There’s lots of stairs go get into the building or take the path all the way to the left of the building. You will stand inline for a while then the bus that will take you to your Glacier ride bus. They give lots of information in that short time on the buses. It was amazing to see one so up close, to walk on it and to taste the Glacier water (do that farther up when it first comes down. Too many stick their faces, hair and objects in the water farther downstream). You are allowed 30 mins and it is roped off so you don’t have all of it to walk in. It helps preserve the glacier. What an experience!! Highly recommend. … bring a jacket & wear pants as it was chilly on our day & windy.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 July 2023
  • LittleLinda99
    Sewell, New Jersey55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walk on the Glacier!
    AMAZING, this was a once in a lifetime experience. It was the highlight of our Canadian Rockies tour. You will be bused out to the glacier by bus and snow machine. We were able to spend about a half hour out there to enjoy the ice. Experts feel this Glacier may be gone in 10-15 years so we feel blessed to have been there. Bring a jacket.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 August 2023
  • Jeannie
    Montreal, Canada58 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Athabasca glacier adventure
    We enjoyed our visit of the Athabasca Glacier. It was a two hour visit and the buses were on time for our visit. Dress warmly as it is a tad cold on the glacier. You may bring an empty bottle to fill with fresh crisp glacier water. The view and experience were amazing. We enjoyed our experience.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 August 2023
  • scsvirsky
    Gloucester, Massachusetts247 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great guide made the trip special!
    This was a really interesting and different experience and highly recommend it to anyone. Our guide Rocco made it even better with his engaging way of presenting the information during the trip. On the way back from the glacier, his discussion of the First Nations and the impacts of climate change on the phenomenal experience we just had broke my heart, and brought the issues even closer to home than we had held them. It made things so real. Go if you are in the area.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 August 2023
  • Connie P
    6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sublime experience on the ice field!
    We were advised not to miss this experience, and it was so worth it! This well-organized excursion starts at the Ice Field Center with a coach bus to the Ice Fields, where an Ice Bus takes over and drives to the glacier. This was stunning and beautiful. Take your water bottle to drink fresh glacial water. The next bus stop is the Skywalk. We thought that this looked a little hokey from the road, but the experience was great! Don't miss this. Our only complaint is that two of our bus drivers, in their patter, told sexist jokes, and one told a racist joke (Chris). Management should tighten up a bit on the leeway given to the drivers. But our other two drivers were terrific (Paul).
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 August 2023
  • Corinne P
    38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful trip to a place that will likely disappear in our lifetime.
    Do it while you can! It is a fun and educational experience that is sadly estimated to be no longer available in the decades to come. The guides are knowledgeable and entertaining, especially Tex who was our guide and unofficial photographer for practically everyone up there! And you can taste the water!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 12 September 2023
  • Angie G
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing experience
    A group of 12 went on the tour to the Glacier. It was such a wonderful experience. Our first bus driver was Rocco. He was funny, entertaining, friendly, with lots of information. He made the trip in the bus so much fun. Abby was our driver to the Glacier. She was a powerhouse for her size. She drove that big rig like she owned it and had so much information to share. She was awesome. Between Rocco and Abby, they help make the trip unforgettable.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 17 September 2023
  • jall02
    Buffalo, New York3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous!
    What a great experience this was ! I had no idea what to expect and never in my life have I imagined I would one day be walking on a glacier! Not only was the scenery spectacular, but the tour itself was very well organized and our tour guides Mark and Tex were energetic, very informative and quite funny! I would highly recommend this to anyone visiting the Banff or Jasper National park areas. Well worth it! A very unique adventure!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 September 2023
  • Renee W
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fan Page for Rocco
    Our tour guide, Rocco, was bussin! His energy was next level. Never a dull moment with him. The tour was incredibly interesting! Thanks again Rocco for adding to this incredible experience! Sincerely, the energetic Saskatchewanians in the back✌🏾
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 October 2023
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Colin B
Kelowna, Canada14 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
Unfortunately it was raining when we visited, but we were disappointed in both for the costs involved. The glacier is melting fast and the ice looked dirty. On a cloudy rainy day the skywalk was not worth the coach ride. The restaurant at the centre was closed and the only refreshments were at Starbucks, for which we lined up for over half an hour.
Written 20 September 2021
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L G
Edenbridge, UK20 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Visited the glacier and Skywalk as part of a one way Jasper to Banff tour. Sad to say we did not enjoy any of this experience. Herded like cattle from bus to bus for 4 hours. Glacier (what is left of it) was crowded and all you do is stand on a bit of ice for 20 mins while someone fakely hoots “are y’all excited to be on a glacier?”. I have done glacier tours elsewhere that include looking at the intricate ice formations but there’s none of that here. Skywalk was crowded and honestly, the views are far better from the pit stops on the road. Worst thing we did in Canada. Save your money and time and spend longer on the drive looking at the beautiful scenery rather than spending 4 hours getting on and off of crowded smelly buses to mostly view parking lots.
Written 9 October 2022
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Janet H
Calgary, Canada11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
This is very much one for the bucket list. I joke that the older I get, the farther I have to walk to see it, but sadly, that is too true - everyone should see this before it is gone forever. We also did the skywalk and while it is fun, I dont think the views were spectacular enough in that spot to warrant the price. That said, the bus drivers were wonderful and we felt safe both on the road and with the Covid safety protocols. It needs to be clearer from road signs that the skywalk starts from the Glacier Centre - we had bought advance tickets and even we weren't sure if there was a separate check in spot along the highway.
Written 2 September 2020
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conshome4
Alpharetta, GA36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
We might be last generation of beings, who would get an opportunity to pay respect to rapidly receding one of the largest glaciers in Canada and in N. America.

Pursuit Tours have a done a fantastic job with this excursion with their multi-million $$$ Ice Explorer buses.

Loved when the bus goes through the steep trough and inclines to reach to the glacier bed.
Written 3 October 2022
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remmick1963
Austin, TX29 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
The drive from Lake Louise to Jasper is beautiful with many great animals and sites to see along the way. Personally I would not plan much time, or any, stopping at the Columbia Ice Field. I may be a Glacier Snob but I have seen much better in Alaska on the Kenai Peninsula. To get to the Ice Field you have to either pay or hike a short distance through probably the most unattractive section of the drive. Take a look from the parking lot and then move on. There are much better things to see either way down the road.
Written 16 June 2022
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Jaydee1244
Calgary, Canada70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
What an experience! The drive up to the Columbia Ice Field from Calgary was amazing!! The view from the restaurant patio there is so awesome. There is the lower parking lot, upper parking lot and then across the road (on the glacier side) there are 2 more parking lots with bathrooms. If you go to the parking lot at the bottom (closest to the lake/glacier), the trail is right beside it to start the trek up to the ice field. It is a rocky hill to climb at first but its not difficult. Be careful on the way back down because of loose rocks in some parts. It was very windy at the top and cooler (September- afternoon). The hiking trail to the glacier has beautiful views!! I am not an avid hiker and did this in my normal runners and didn't find it hard. You can walk right onto the glacier. Very cool experience! Check it out!
Written 7 September 2021
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Tushar R
Montreal, Canada8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This is a must do adventure! They take you on huge custom vehicles used in Antartica expeditions to bring you to the glacier safely. The tour guides are very knowledgeable and so are the bus drivers. They make the entire experience a lot of fun for all ages. The bus drivers were making jokes for the kids on the tour and it really felt like an inclusive environment.
Written 10 September 2022
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Bob L
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Vactions By Rail selected Brewster Sightseeing Tours to take us to Columbia Icefields Adventure. Eise from Brewster was fantastic, and Sam from Columbia was delightful. Witty and informative, he interacted with the tour guests like a seasoned pro, and while safety consciuos and careful, he sprinkled his presentation with interesting facts and funny observations. QBoth drivers gave us an experience we won't soon forget.
Written 10 October 2022
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P&ZH
Western Canada211 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
Shame on Parks Canada for letting this get so run down. This should be an inexpensive way to see the glacier but Parks Canada won't let you get anywhere near it any longer. They block off access at the stream instead of building a bridge. Time to send some of the money they earn off of commercial concessions and upgrade the trail right to the current toe of the glacier. They appear to prefer that you spend the money and take a commercial tour. That's not what our public parks are about.
Written 13 June 2021
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njgramps
NJ310 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
This a very popular spot for tourists with good reason. One gets a great viewof the entire ice field from the visitor center. From there you take a bus to get to the next stop - another special bus designed to operate on ice. That bus has giant wheels and travels slowly up the ice field to an open stop. There you getup close and personal with the glacier. It is cold with icey water runnung throught. Flags of many countries are available so make sure you take a photo with yours.
Written 31 January 2020
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