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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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Valencia, Spain
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220 reviews 220 reviews
132 attraction reviews
378 helpful votes 378 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

They seem to have spent a lot of money on the visitor centre, which is strange because this glacier probably won't be around much longer. It looks tired and a little dirty. There is no glistening romantic field of ice. What you get are myriads of Japanese hopping around, some stripping off, some risking life and limb to fill up... More

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Vancouver, Canada
18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

My husband said I should give this a three star rating due to the prices, however I feel the experience itself is worthy of a 4 star. The prices are rather steep for how long you get to enjoy this adventure. Two of the four of us bought a package for the Glacier adventure and the Skywalk, the other two... More

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Rennes, France
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

It was really cool! We found a package deal that includes the Glacier adventure, the Skywalk, Banff gondola and Banff lake cruise. So we did the Skywalk and the Glacier on the way from Jasper to Banff. It was a very good experience. First, you take a normal bus that takes you closer to the Athabasca Glacier and then you... More

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Plainfield, IL
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The entire area is picture worthy from Banff all the way here. And standing on the glacier was definietly a unique experience and worth the drive. But, it is a long drive from Banff. About 2:15 hours, at least. Plenty of places to stop for pics but only one place to stop for gas or food. Pack some food and... More

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Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

This is a must do. The trip over to the glacier was a great time as the shuttle operator was extremely knowledgeable and a great entertainer. She imparted lots of facts and answered all questions. Time on the glacier was excellent and not at all rushed. definitely take the time to do this.

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Adelaide, Australia
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9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 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
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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

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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Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
22 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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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