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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 35 activities in Banff
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

We, five couples had memorable trip to Canada Rockies and East Canada in September 2013 for 2 weeks. We had our best time in Rockies visiting Canmore, Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper and Calgary by our special coach with very well knowledgeable guide. Our hotel Chateau Jasper on the beautiful Lake with Mountains around felt like we were in heaven. But... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

A very well organized tour to an amazing destination. The drive to the location was beautiful, and we were fortunate to spot some wildlife and water falls along the way. Our tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable - and genuine, which I appreciated. I found it to be educational and not just an adventure. We had lots of time for... More

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Surrey, Canada
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

For those who said it was a waste of money or a trap or something, I would say then just go climb the trail on your own and stop blaming! We enjoyed the trip and we thought it was worth the money. And since you've driven that long way here, why leave with any regrets or pity? The specially designed... More

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Athabasca, Canada
18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

Don't get me wrong, who doesn't like walking around on glaciers. My only issue is the price of the tour and the cost of food in the interpretive centre. Also, if one wants to save the cost of the bus trip, there is a trail from the bottom that you can hike up on your own to get close up... More

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Banff, Canada
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

If you would like to know about glaciers without having to do to much strenuous workout, well this is the one. The guides are quite good and do have a good knowledge of the area. I would recommend doing this, there are some amazing sites to be seen, in the comfort of a moving vehicle. Also do take an empty... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

Visited Canada for the first time. I was and still glad that my aunts decided to plan a trip to Banff and Jasper! I had the chance to visit the icefield and I have to say the experience was great! We have to purchase our tickets from the counter and lucky us, one of the shuttle buses to the foot... More

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Rouyn Noranda, Canada
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27 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

Columbia Ice Field is a visiat to remember. Glacier is receeding fast, will be closed within a few years. Breathtaking view of the glacier and the surrounding ice fieds. Enjoy the view while in the confortable all terrain bus. Get of the bus on the ice field and walkon the billion years old ice. Drink fresh water melting off the... More

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Hong Kong
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

I joined the last Brewster tour of the season last October and absolutely recommend it. I don't drive, so joining a local/guided tour would be my best bet. It was a once in a lifetime experience. Lucky me, I went on a glorious day. Everything about the glacier was beautiful like postcards. It was actually warmer up there than in... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

Before considering this attraction there are two things you need to be awre of - it's expensive and it's very cold. If you are prepared to put up with both then it is a brilliant experience. We were there on a sunny day and the views were superb. The driver / guide on the Ice Explorer was both informative and... More

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Stillwater, Minnesota
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Columbia Ice field is one of the only tours that go up on the glacier in a vehicle. You can leave the warmth of the custom ice vehicle - and I recommend that you do. All the same you can return to the bus-like vehicle if (more accurately when) you get cold. Be sure to dress warmly and walk very... More

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