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Do we better reserve time for Columbia Icefield Pkwy Tour ?

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Do we better reserve time for Columbia Icefield Pkwy Tour ?

6 of us will be going to Columbia Icefield Parkway Tour in mid July. We will be driving by ourself to Columbia Icefield Center (not joining big tour from Banff/Jasper) Because we don't want waste our time, we would like to reserve specific time. But, we just found about combo. ticket which you can combine Columbia Ice field Tour, Banff Gondla, Glaciar Sky Walk etc.. which will save a lot of cost.

However, problem is if we buy the combo ticket, it will be open date.. So, we cannot reserve time.

Not sure how crowded in July.. But if we go ice field w/ ticket but no specific time reserved, will we have to wait long ??? To avoid big tour crowd, we are thinking to go there to catch 10:00 or 11:00 am tour..

Appreciate any advise !!

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1. Re: Do we better reserve time for Columbia Icefield Pkwy Tour ?

Greetings

My understanding is that you can buy a ticket ahead of time, but it's first come, first serve when you get there. However, it does seem like you can get a specific timed ticket on the website. Maybe another poster here may have better info...

The wait time depends on the day of the week and when you arrive. In July, it's likely to be quite busy - generally if you want to beat the tour buses, I'd arrive no later than 9am. By 10am, the tour buses will have arrived and it will be a bit of zoo.

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2. Re: Do we better reserve time for Columbia Icefield Pkwy Tour ?

during peak times you can have 4 buses loading every 10-15 minutes so you won't be waiting long to go on the tour. Even large groups will allow 6 individuals on if there is room on the bus. I wouldn't reserve a time as normally the IP is a good spot to find wildlife so you don't want to rush too much.

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