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Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure

Box 1140 | 100 Gopher St., Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1J3, Canada
+1 403-762-6735
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Ranked #11 of 38 Activities in Banff
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Activities: Hiking
Traveler Description: This is a trip that takes you by bus and then by specially designed "Ice Explorer" vehicle out onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier, one of the... more »
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW via mobile

The skywalk and glacier walk are amazing. The clear walkway hanging out over the glacier was a great experience. You can do an audio tour but if you are in a rush, just walk out to walkway. The glacier walk is a must on the drive. Beautiful - but the weather can turn so you can be unlucky (we weren't).... More

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Banff, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

This is by far the best of the two attractions available at the Icefield Centre. The staff was extremely friendly and we loved our driver, "Tall Mike." His enthusiasm and sense of humor made the trip fun, and he was very knowledgeable about the Glacier and local topography. It is rare to find drivers as enthusiastic as him, nowadays. Most... More

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We took this adventure via the Discover Tours so the cost of the ticket was included in our package. We loved the experience. Riding in the vehicle that takes you to the actual icefields was great fun. I had seen these vehicles on TV and was excited to actually ride in one. The icefields were fun so see. It was... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We arrived at ticket counter for 1:30 and bought tickets for 2:45 they have a group leave every 15 minutes. The tickets for just this track were 49.95 plus tax. While waiting we had "lunch" the cafeteria style is on top floor. The food was very expensive. A hot dog was 5.95 and a grilled cheese was 6.95 no fries... More

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Rochester, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

$50 is a lot but this is such a unique experience I figured it was worth it for the 80 minute drive out onto the glacier. The Ice bus itself was fun esp. going down a 30% grade. Get here early - we were the only group on the glacier. Later in the day there could be six or more... More

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure was busy, but worthwhile. Riding on the coach was cool, along with actually being on the glacier and walking around. There is fresh water there. The pathway shows you where the glacier was in certain years and has many attractions. I have been there twice and loved it!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Well organised tour, we had bought our tickets as part of a pass and drove ourselves up to the centre. We arrived about 1230 and were told that was a quiet time, our bus out to the glacier attested to this. You go out to the glacier area on a regular bus then transfer to special buses that take you... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This experience is around £50 each for about 1.5 hours on a variety of buses and coaches, around 15 minutes of which is spent on the glacier and another 10 minutes each way on the actual 'glacier bus'. When you arrive, depending on the time of year of course, you will no doubt be greeted by a swarm of people... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This is a great experience the views you get being on an actual glacier are amazing . However as this facility is probably quite rare globally the place is so busy , to the point of discomfort. I was told by someone that the day i was there it was not busy by their standards

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

What an amazing experience! A very strange feeling to leave temperatures of 30 degrees plus in the middle of July to go up to the Glacier and be so cold at around 10 degrees and needing to put on layers. Travel up to the glacier in a snow mobile & then to walk on the glacier was a surreal experience.... More

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