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There's something pretty amazing about standing on a glacier. It takes a moment, but you suddenly realize you're standing on a gigantic, ancient block of ice – the kind of ice that made mountains and valleys millions of years ago.

A trip up to the Columbia Icefield is a history lesson, a geology lesson, and an unforgettable experience. With Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure , you climb right into a massive Brewster Ice Explorer, which takes you (safely) out onto the glacier. Here, you can walk around and get an up-close look at the ancient ice.

At the base of the glacier, you can join a guided walk and learn about the path of a glacier and the landscape around it. You can also explore the interpretive centre, and learn how the icefield came to be (and how we can preserve them).

The Columbia Icefield is about 300 kilometres from Calgary (approximately a five-hour drive). Head west on Hwy. 1 to Lake Louise, then travel north on the Icefields Parkway Hwy. 93 N. to the Columbia Icefield.


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  • 100% Non-smoking
  • 15 minimum group
  • 3 hr viewing time
  • AMEX
  • Coach parking
  • Debit Card/Interac
  • Eco-friendly
  • Energy conservation
  • Environment award recipient
  • Family friendly
  • Group booking
  • Group rates
  • Guided tours
  • MC
  • Recycle
  • Smoking area(s)
  • Visa
  • Water conservation
  • Wheelchair access


  • American Bus Association
  • Association of Canadian Travel Agents
  • American Society of Travel Agents
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Canadian Inbound Tourism Association Asia-Pacific
  • Motor Coach Canada
  • Meeting Professionals International
  • National Tour Association
  • Team Canada Tourism
  • Tourism Industry Association of Canada
  • United States Tour Operators Association

Hours & Admission


  • April 15 to 29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • April 30 to May 27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • May 28 to Sept. 4, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sept. 5 to Oct. 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Oct. 3 to Oct. 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Adults $80. Children (6-15) $40. Children 5 & under free.

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