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Ice Walk

Columbia Icefield, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 800-565-7547
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Hiking Trails, Tours
Description: Guided interpretive hikes on the Athabasca Glacier at the Columbia Icefield, since 1985.
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San Francisco, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

We went on the afternoon walk and would have done the full day had I planned far enough in advance. Great guide, fun to be on the glacier, and we were much happier to be walking than to be on one of the buses. It was a pleasant walk - rather than a strenuous hike, and it was educational as... More

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Hilton, South Africa
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We did the 3 hour afternoon walk with Peter and George. We were a little apprehensive beforehand, but his comprehensive briefing allayed any concerns. The walk on the ice was fascinating and Peter's comprehensive knowledge, which he readily shared, added to the experience. He was considerate of all age groups and levels of fitness, and was particularly safety conscious. Our... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

The highlight of our week in the Canadian Rockies was the Ice Cube (3-4 hour) guided walk up the Athabasca glacier. Peter, our guide, was absolutely phenomenal! He taught us about glacial formations, showed us all sorts of glacial features, talked about the history of the area and he has a great sense of humor... all while guiding us at... More

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Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
29 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We booked the deluxe ice walk. We were the first tour of the season. It is a 5-6 hour hike but wasn't too difficult. The company provide you with crampons and they also had some boots and clothing for people who weren't as well prepared. This is definitely the best was to see the glacier and you get much higher... More

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London, OH
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

You can see the glacier...or you can SEE the glacier! Peter, our guide, did a phenomenal job getting us up the glacier all the while teaching us about it's formation, history and mill wells! The weather was tricky--cold, blowing snow, whipping winds--but Peter and his sense of humor made it fun anyway. He comes equipped with jackets, crampons, hats, mittens,... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

We joined Peter on the IceWalk for the 3 hour trip. Would have done the longer one up to the falls but it's still early in the season. You meet at the car park and he kits you out with anything you need. Then it's a walk halfway up the glacier and he shows you interesting formations and tells you... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

This is a must, if you can manage the walk. There are some areas that are steep, but that's mostly leading up to the actual glacier. To be able to see a glacier up close like this was breathtaking, and definitely a once in a lifetime experience. I was nervous about how strenuous the hike would be, since we'd hiked... More

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Sao Carlos, SP
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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

If you see the columbia icefield from the road and think it's big... well... take 5 hours and do this ice walk (i did the deluxe, 5h walk). First of all, do not take the bus! It is expensive and they park in the middle of the glacier in a place that resembles a hockey field. In the ice walk... More

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JasperIceman, Owner at Ice Walk, responded to this review

Hi there Pajaskowiak, First, thanks for taking the time to review our Icewalks. I'm glad you enjoyed the trip overall, but am sorry if the guide didn't live up to your expectations. It's true that we occasionally take too much time with explanations and teaching aids such as maps or air photos. On the other hand, most people seem to... More

Norwich, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

We are so pleased we decided to do the ice walk on our trip. Bernard, our 'mountain goat' guide was marvellous in giving a true sense of the glacier and was very approachable to ask any questions. He showed pictures of what the glacier used to be like and gave us interesting history of his experiences. We always felt very... More

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Den Bosch, The Netherlands
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42 reviews 42 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

We did the 'short' walk (3 hours) on the Athabasca Glacier. The guide (we don't remember his name, but he was from Fernie BC) told us a lot about the 'rise and fall' of the glacier, and this was very interesting. The hike itself was quite easy and didn't take much effort. On the glacier it was very cold, so... More

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