Follow the Water
The Glacier Skywalk experience is designed to draw inspiration from and integrate with the wilderness we invite visitors to discover. Along with our longtime partners at Parks Canada, we have developed this interpretive experience offered through interactive stations and a multi-language audio tour.
From afar, it’s easy to forget that the impressive crown of ice and snow that makes up the Columbia Icefield is created entirely of simple water molecules. Recognizing this ecological phenomenon, the Glacier Skywalk’s interpretive experience is designed to “follow the water”. Six interpretive stations spaced along the 400 metre cliff-edge walkway highlight the unique environmental aspects of a glacial valley. Chat with knowledgeable guides located at each station, and customize the educational level of your visit with a personal audio tour (included in admission price). Take your time to tune into 60 different audio points to hear about the incredible peaks and glaciers that surround you—available in English, French, Mandarin, Korean and Japanese.
1. Introduction to the Valley
Beginning with an introduction to the power and place of glaciers in our world, learn about the magic of the Sunwapta Valley. In both frozen and liquid states, and with considerable forces, water has shaped this landscape, sustained hardy subalpine plants and animals, and attracted diverse generations of people for millennia.
Journey back in time as you retrace the passage of time through the epic force of the glacier and the tangible evidence it has left behind: rock striations, ancient sea creatures and the deep valley itself.
3. Biology and Ecology
The biology and ecology station highlights the diverse life forms and the unique species that are found where glacial waters flow. Feast or famine, flood or drought, heat or cold: to adapt to a subalpine environment, indigenous plants and animals tolerate extremes—in the food supply, water levels, and temperatures—that most of us can’t imagine.