Columbia Icefield Ice Walks

Explore the Columbia Icefield on foot! Ice Walks offers an interpretive, guided hike on the Athabasca Glacier, taking you to parts of the glacier that you would otherwise be unable to experience. Learn about different glacier formation and view some spectacular ice carved landscapes. Three different glacial tours are available:

  • Ice Cubed (3-4 hours): Tour explores the lower half of the Athabasca Glacier and offers superb views of glacial features, ice carved landscapes and other alpine glaciers. Throughout the trip, short stops are made to introduce the concepts of active glaciation and features of a glacially carved landscape.
  • Icewalk in the Afternoon (3 hours): Tour explores the lower two kilometres of the Athabasca Glacier. Throughout the trip, short stops are made to introduce the concepts of active glaciation and features of a glacially carved landscape.
  • Icewalk Deluxe (5-6 hours): Tour explores the entire length of the Athabasca Glacier, usually culminating in an ascent to the lowest of three icefalls. Going into some of the most rugged sections of the glacier, this hike is guaranteed to take your breath away!

 

Prices from
Ice Cubed$110
   Child (Age 10-16)$60
Icewalk in the Afternoon$110
   Child (Age 10-16)$60
Icewalk Deluxe$175
   Child (Age 10-16)$90

Highlights

  • See moraines, millwells and crevasses
  • Glacier-walk equipment included
  • Specially trained glacier guides lead the way

Tour Departures

Tour  Dates Availability Departure Duration
Ice Cubed 25 May – 30 Sept Daily 10 AM 3 hrs
Icewalk in the Afternoon 25 May – 30 Sept Daily 1:45 PM 3 hrs
Icewalk Deluxe* 13 June – 30 Sept Thursday – Monday 9:30 AM 6 hrs

 

  • All Ice Walk tours operate from May 25 through to September 30.
  • Not suitable for children under the age of 7
  • *Best suited for adults and kids 10+ years of age.
  • All Ice Walk tours meet and depart from the lower parking lot nearest the Athabasca Glacier across the highway from the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre. 
  • Arrive at meeting point half an hour before the scheduled departure time of the hikes.
  • Weather conditions vary considerably on the glacier. Tours may be shortened or altered due to weather or ice conditions.
  • Cancellation policy: 72 hours prior to the event
  • Wear warm clothes and sturdy footwear. Some gear is available on site on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Subject to availability. Space is limited to a maximum of 14 people.

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

 
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