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Columbia Icefield Skywalk
Columbia Icefield Skywalk

Columbia Icefield Skywalk

Hours vary by season.
Jasper National Park, Jasper, Alberta

The Basics

At the Skywalk, make your way along the 1,312-foot (400-meter) Discovery Trail to the Discovery Vista. Here step out onto a curving, open-air observation platform where only a transparent pane of glass underfoot separates you from the Sunwapta Valley floor—918 feet (280 meters) below.

You can purchase an admission ticket and make your own way to the nearby Glacier Discovery Center, from where a shuttle bus transports you to the Skywalk. Alternatively, visit as part of an organized day tour from Jasper, Banff, or Calgary. Day tours typically combine visits to the Skywalk with the Athabasca Glacier, part of the breathtaking Columbia Icefield. One-way day tours, running from Jasper to Lake Louise (and vice versa), Banff to Jasper (and vice versa), and Jasper to Calgary are also available.

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Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff
Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff
star-4.5
$238.79 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Amazing!
Andre the bus tour driver was EXCELLENT!! Provided so much info along the way. Ice explorer was great and the sky walk very memorable! Highly recommend!
Palmira_H, Aug 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Jasper

star-5
Amazing
Gina O, Oct 2019
Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff
The tour was well organized. Cam & Gensis were excellent driver and guides. The Brewster buses are new and comfy. As for the experience, unbelievable. It really is a special thing to go and do.
star-5
Exciting Icefield Tour
Mary_P, Oct 2019
Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff
We enjoyed our bus tour to the Columbia Icefield. Our tour guides, Andrew and Luke, were very knowledgeable and entertaining. The ride on the explorer to the glacier was exciting and Reeve, our driver, was competent and entertaining. The weather was cold and windy but that didn't detract from our enjoyment and sense of adventure. It was a wonderful day!
star-5
Fabulous bucket list trip!!
Christine G, Sep 2019
Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff
Amazing trip. Spectular scenery. Breathtaking views. Shaun and Frank were amazing and very knowledgeable guides. Another tick off my bucket list!!
star-5
Go before they disappear. Well worth it!
Sheila K, Sep 2019
Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff
Amazing scenery, well organised and going on the glacier on the glacier explorer and getting out on the ice was special. The sun was bright and weather good but it was still very cold and windy - so wrap up warm for that part of the tour.
star-5
Outstanding experience
NICOLE_J, Sep 2019
Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff
We greatly enjoyed our time at the Columbia Ice Field. Our guide Tyler was very knowledgeable while being fun and friendly. I highly recommend this to anyone that is visiting the area.
star-4
An enjoyable time
Rachel_B, Sep 2019
Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff
This was a good full day of seeing and doing. Our guides were informative and enjoyable to listen to.
star-5
Perfect Tour
stephenk233, Aug 2019
Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff
The great combination, The Australian teacher and the driver Genesis, guided us to beautiful scenic places.
star-5
Icefield Tour
Frank_L, Aug 2019
Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff
My wife and I consider the Columbia Icefield Tour one of the highlights of our vacation. Having a chance to walk on the glacier, watch the snow melt, and ride in the Ice Transporter was an unusual and unique experience. We recommend it.
star-5
Great tour
Leanne_L, Jul 2019
Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff
This tour was perfect. On time, got to see a bit of everything and our driver and guide were great. The ice field was amazing, such a beautiful place and the lakes were a colour you have never seen before. So I tire perfect.
star-5
Fun times on the Columbia Icefield
Debra_P, Jun 2019
Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff
I learned a lot ,had a great meal with beautiful view of the Columbia Icefield. I saw a lot of beautiful scenic views of the mountains. The tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable. It was a great day.
star-5
Great Trip
Devika_B, May 2019
Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff
Enjoyed our trip to the Columbia Icefields. Mike and Jack were excellent guides for our bus from Banff to the icefields. They took very good care of us. Its a hassel free trip - just sit back and enjoy the beauty of the national forest. Elliot, our guide on the explorer was also very good. Loved his sense of humor. Highly recommend this trip to anyone visiting Banff.
star-4
Good Tour
ncsims, Aug 2018
Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff
Tour was very good. However, be sure you communicate well with tour group. Was told in writing tour was at 8:30 and to arrive ten minutes prior. We did but bus had already left at 8:00. Communication was poor and evidently pickup time was 8:00. However, when I called the Sat. before and asked was told yes, 8:20 was the proper time. We did catch up with the group at Lake Louise but missed all the time at Lake Louise as the bus was leaving for the next step of the tour.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Complimentary audio guides are available to visitors.

  • The Skywalk is partially exposed and can be windy and cold, so dress warmly.

  • The Skywalk is accessible to wheelchair users.

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How to Get There

The Columbia Icefield Skywalk experience begins at the nearby Columbia Icefield Discovery Center in Jasper National Park, Alberta. To get there, drive 2.5 hours north from Banff or 1.5 hours south from Jasper along the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93). Free Skywalk-bound shuttle buses depart from the Discovery Center every 15 minutes. There is no parking at the Skywalk.

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When to Get There

The Skywalk is open from May through mid-October. The best time to come is directly after opening or in late afternoon, around the bulk of the visitors.

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Views from the Skywalk

On a clear day, you will be able to see a portion of the Columbia Icefield, one of Canada’s biggest expanses of glacial ice. The North Glacier of Mt. Athabasca is also visible, as is Mt. Kitchener. If you have a sharp eye, you may even be able to spot bighorn sheep and mountain goats roaming below.

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