Banff Jasper Collection

Frequently Asked Questions

The Columbia Icefield is located on the Icefields Parkway, two hours north of Banff on the Trans-Canada Highway, and one hour south from the town of Jasper.

Leaving Banff, travel 55 km (34 miles) West on the Trans-Canada Highway #1 to Lake Louise. Then travel 125 km (78 miles) North from Lake Louise on the Icefields Parkway Highway 93N to the Columbia Icefield.

Leaving Jasper, travel 108 km (67 miles) South on the Icefields Parkway Highway 93N to the Columbia Icefield.

For up-to-date Glacier Adventure daily operating hours please visit the Hours & Rates page.

Glacier Adventure (including Glacier Skywalk) tour departs every 15 to 30 minutes and is approx. 2.5 to 3 hours round trip.

Yes. The Glacier Adventure is wheelchair accessible, however you must call in advance so we can ensure you have proper transfer on to the Glacier Adventure tour from the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre.

No. For the safety of your pets and our visitors, we ask that you leave your pets at home.

Yes. You can request a group booking by contacting our reservations team at or by calling 1.866.532.6150.

No. Parks Canada requires all adult visitors to Canada’s national parks to buy a permit for the duration of their stay to support visitor services and facilities. Day Passes or a yearly Discovery Pass are available to buy in-person at Parks Canada's park gates and information centres in Banff and Jasper. Admission for youth 17 and under is free.

Yes! Halfway through the tour, you will be able to step out onto the ancient ice of the Athabasca Glacier. We ask that visitors stay within the clearly marked area as this is regularly maintained and has been deemed safe.

Our specially designed Ice Explorers can transport up to 56 passengers.

Make sure you to wear layers and flat, comfortable shoes with grippy soles (e.g. sneakers, hiking boots). Don't forget to bring sunscreen, an empty water bottle that you can fill with glacier water if you wish, and your camera! If you have a purse or a backpack you can bring that along too.

Be prepared for anything! The Columbia Icefield is a unique ecosystem and weather can easily change from sunshine to snow. Dress in warm layers and make sure to wear closed-toe shoes with sturdy soles. Hiking boots and running shoes would be best. You can expect the temperature to be about 15 degrees Celsius cooler on the ice than at the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre.

Based on countless guest requests since the Glacier Skywalk was launched, we have combined our two iconic Columbia Icefield attractions to provide a more fulsome glacier experience and to reduce time in line ups at the Glacier Discovery Center.

Yes, for those short on time the Glacier Skywalk can be purchased as a separate experience giving you an incredible Rocky Mountain experience in less than an hour. See the Glacier Skywalk page for more information.

The Glacier Skywalk is so much more than a glass-floored platform — it is a 1 km walkway that provides unique views of mountaintop glaciers, waterfalls, wildlife and fossils, all accompanied by Pursuit’s interpretive storytelling. Learn all about how Glaciers helped form the Rocky Mountains and how they still support the diverse wildlife that inhabits them. Not willing to test your nerve on the glass? That is okay as there are many other great viewing areas within the Glacier Skywalk to take in inspirational mountain vistas.

Guests are permitted to stay on the glacier for 20 minutes; however, we encourage all of our guests to be safe and stay within the designated areas.

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