Pursuit's Covid Safety Promise is our commitment to the safety and well-being of our guests and staff. Through this program, we will ensure that everyone feels safe at our experiences so that the power of our places can shine through.

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A Remarkable Experience in the Canadian Rockies

Discover the power of nature on the Columbia Icefield Adventure—the must-do experience for any resident or visitor in the Canadian Rockies. At the heart of the incredible Icefields Parkway is one of the largest non-polar ice fields in the world. Here, you’ll travel on a massive Ice Explorer to a place where you can walk on, feel and drink from the Athabasca Glacier. Then, take a jaw-dropping walk along the glass-floored Skywalk at the cliff’s edge.

Columbia Icefield Adventure includes Ice Explorer Tour on the Athabasca Glacier, admission to the Skywalk, and return transportation from the Glacier Discovery Centre.

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Closed for the season

Please note the Columbia Icefield Adventure is closed for the 2020-2021 winter season. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Athabasca Glacier on May 1, 2021.

A message to our community

Following the tragic accident that occurred at the Columbia Icefield on July 18, we at Pursuit are focused on three very important priorities.

  • Doing all we can for those involved and their families, through Victim Services and by offering direct and respectful support.  
  • Actively supporting a transparent and multi-agency investigation into the cause of this tragic accident. This includes conducting our own internal review which will be shared with the public once completed. 
  • Taking care of our team at Pursuit whose dedication to colleagues, guests and first responders is truly honorable.  

To respect the time and space needed for this process, we have paused operations at the Columbia Icefield Adventure while the investigation is underway.

Training and passenger safety have been hallmarks of our operation for more than 39 years of operating the Ice Explorers. We have safely guided over 16 million passengers across this terrain. We await the completion of the investigation and will take any recommendations into careful consideration for future operations.

Natural monuments like the Icefield give us strength and resilience. As we work through this very challenging time, we’re grateful for the support of our community and we’re comforted by the beauty that surrounds us.

- Dave McKenna, President, Banff Jasper Collection.

Safety Promise at the Columbia Icefield

Ensure adequate physical distancing
  • Reduce occupancy at the Glacier Discovery Centre, limit capacity on Ice Explorers & buses to 50%.
  • We will be checking everyone's health and temperature before each tour begins. Face masks will be mandatory throughout the experience. Although we will have disposable options. Please bring your own to help reduce waste. Learn More
Heightened hygiene & sanitation protocols
  • Increased cleaning protocols throughout experiences.
  • Sanitize Ice Explorers and buses after each trip.
  • Provide hand sanitizer throughout our experience.
Rigourous staff training & communications
  • Train staff to ensure everyone’s safety & well-being.
  • Ongoing collaboration with regional partners & experts.
Peace of Mind
Peace of Mind:
Taking a positive approach
  • We've implemented these strategies so you can relax and be inspired by the spectacular Canadian Rockies.


Start your adventure by traveling to the Athabasca Glacier, a 10,000 year-old sheet of ice, on an exhilarating tour in an all-terrain vehicle.

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Tips & Tricks


The best times to enjoy the Columbia Icefield experience are before 11 AM or after 3 PM. You increase your chance of wildlife sightings and take advantage of enhanced experiences like a guided morning tour on the Skywalk. Book your tickets in advance to guarantee a place. BOOK NOW


Two great dining options! Chalet serves casual and fresh food from a grab-and-go menu. Altitude takes the experience of dining to new heights; with exceptional glacier views and locally-sourced Canadian cuisine. LEARN MORE


Located on the first floor of the Glacier Discovery Centre, the Gift Shop offers clothing, postcards and other souvenirs perfect for preserving your memories of the Columbia Icefield.

Let us do the driving! Join a sightseeing tour that includes the Columbia Icefield Adventure, Skywalk and other iconic locations on the Icefields Parkway. Explore Sightseeing tours

Your exciting adventure at the Columbia Icefield awaits

Leave Discovery Centre, travel to the Glacier Travel time: 30 minutes
Arrive on the Glacier Free time: 20 – 25 minutes
Depart Glacier, travel to Skywalk Travel time: 40 minutes
Arrive at Skywalk Free time: recommended 1 hour
Depart Skywalk for Discovery Centre Shuttle bus departs: every 15 minutes


Overlooking the mighty Athabasca Glacier rests Altitude Restaurant, a truly unique dining experience located directly off the world-famous Icefield Parkway. Altitude’s décor brings the outdoors in. Everything from the crevasse-blue light fixtures to the rock-like surfaces and icy-blue textiles mirrors the glacial history that it overlooks. Altitude’s menu features locally-sourced ingredients such as a rack of lamb from Sungold Farms. Altitude is the perfect place to unwind after a day of exploring.

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Questions? Contact our Local Experts

A member of our team will respond within 24 hours (weekdays) and 48 hours (weekends).


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The Columbia Icefield Adventure is a Destination Canada Canadian Signature Experience, showcasing the best of Canada to the world.

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