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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 #12 of 37 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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Adelaide, Australia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

This is a special opportunity to get up close! Whilst the simple thought of a colossal machine such as "the Ice Explorer" on a glacier is virtually environmental vandalism in itself, at least conservation is at least considered by having a staging point where land based mass transport meets the ice based mass transport! And there is no mention of... More

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Hong Kong, China
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I drove to the Icefield from Banff and it took me 2.5 hrs to travel, discounting the time stopped on the way. You can either take a bus tour or drive by your own from Banff. As I have family with kids, I decided to drive there. Lots of lakes and excellent views when you travel along the Rockies along... More

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Loveland, Colorado
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Relative to the cost of the trip out to the glacier, we found the experience underwhelming. We do live in an area of significant winter weather, so perhaps that is reason.

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51 reviews 51 reviews
22 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This is an awesome experience and right in our country , in our backyard, so to speak- One does not have to go to Alaska to experience or see a glacier! Even there, (when one goes on a cruise) one cannot walk on a glacier! but here one can! Wow it was just awe-Inspiring Exhilarating amazing experience ever-Worth every penny... More

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Manhattan, Kansas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We went on this tour with our 8 year old grandson, and all 3 of us LOVED it! When do you ever get the chance to stand on a huge icefield like that?! We wanted our grandson to experience this before all the glaciers/ icefields melt. It was a one of a kind experience, well worth the money it cost.

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Springfield, Missouri
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

When we got back from our vacation we took a survey within our family of what our favorite thing we did was. Hands down, each member of our family said that going out onto the glacier in Banff was by far tops. It was so hard to believe we were standing on an actual glacier and were able to drink... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Riding in the Icefields explorer to the glacier is quite amazing and then you get there! The view of the glacier is fantastic. The Ice is amazingly thick and you feel quite secure. The vehicle drivers are well versed in the information about the Athabasca Glacier and the local area. Just walking on the glacier is surreal. Highly recommended.

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Newcastle upon Tyne
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

The approach to the glacier is in a special vehicle known as The Ice Warrior and resembles something out of 'Star Wars'. Standing on the glacier with the surface ice melting all around is a spellbinding experience as one is standing on a moving mountain of ice as thick as what the Eifel Tower is tall. We were told that... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

This glacier is not going to last too long. Get there before it is gone (in 50-100 years?). Since I cannot afford to get to Alaska or Chile, this is a great alternative of seeing Glacier. I really liked the experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

My friends and I had so much fun at the Icefield. It's such an awesome experience to stand and touch and have fun at the Icefield. From riding the icefield explorer to getting off at the Athabasca Glacier is so much fun. I just wish we have an option to stay longer and take the next icefield truck explorer. Definitely... More

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