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Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff

By Brewster Sightseeing
Recommended by 97% of travellers
This number is based on the percentage of all Tripadvisor reviews for this product that have a bubble rating of 4 or higher
Traverse the Columbia Icefield aboard a customized Ice Explorer, with a guide to provide the commentary. This notorious mountain drive takes you to one of the largest masses of ice south of the Arctic Circle, without the need to navigate the Parkway yourself. Admire the stark beauty of lakes and glaciers in the Canadian Rockies on this full-day tour, round-trip from Banff.
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Ages 0-99, max of 14 per group
Duration:11h
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Ticket type:Mobile
English

Highlights
  • Driver-guide navigates the Columbia Icefield Parkway from Banff
  • Ice Explorer takes passengers to the Skywalk in Jasper National Park
  • Hot buffet lunch and live narration provided
  • Full-day tour includes Lake Louise and two glaciers

  • Ride in the Ice Explorer
  • Hot buffet lunch
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Pick-up and/or drop-off at multiple locations available
  • Local Taxes
  • Columbia Icefield Skywalk Admission
  • Entry/Admission - Big Hill Springs Provincial Park
  • Entry/Admission - Columbia Icefield Skywalk
What's not included
  • Gratuities (optional) Food and drink


Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Fairmont Banff Springs 7:35 am pickup Banff Caribou Lodge 7:35 am pickup Elk + Avenue Hotel 7:45 am pickup
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3026B10

  • Prior to your travel date, your hotel details must be advised to tour operator so they may arrange your pickup. If you do not indicate this at the time of booking, you will be required to call and advise them of this information directly. The contact details will be on your voucher once you have a confirmed booking
  • Guests may depart this tour in Lake Louise if accommodation has been arranged
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3026B10

Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
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  • 1
    Lake Louise
    Stop: 15 minutes
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    Pass by
    Brewster Sightseeing
    Victoria Glacier
    Crowfoot Glacier
  • 2
    Big Hill Springs Provincial Park
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission included
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  • 3
    Columbia Icefield Skywalk
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

ChrisBmycloud
ChrisBmycloud
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Banff to Jasper
If you need to get between Banff and Jasper, this is an excellent way to do it. You will see some amazing places en
LouF463
LouF463
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Fantastic Day Out
We had fantastic experience with this tour. It started with a hotel pick up. We then get transferred to a bigger co
U7470MSsandraw
U7470MSsandraw
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Kicks our Rocky Mountaineer experience out of the park!
Excellent itinerary - it was a double act - both excursion and transfer from our Jasper hotel (having came off the
Sightsee56721102630
Sightsee56721102630
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Jake the Driver
Jake was our driver/guide for two tours of the Rocky Mountaineer. He’s exceptional I believe. He knew what he was t
sandygardner
sandygardner
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Stunning Scenery
Saw some amazing scenery and from that point of view the trip was well worth doing. Our driver Andrew carried out
francesmY7435HL
francesmY7435HL
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Awesome experience
The whole experience was great! It was a beautiful sunny day and super clear. Emily was the tour guide and Clare wa
Ali S
Ali S
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Banff Trip
Amazing place, amazing service life time experience with Brewster sightseeing Dour Driver and Tour Guide Lady Diuti
Luis P
Luis P
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Beautiful, Interesting Trip
Beautiful trip in a beautiful lake. Fabulous views. Ruby and Nick (?) were excellent, interesting and friendly gu
tamdsg1006
tamdsg1006
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Great way to see Canadian Rockies key spots
We went on 3 sightseeing tours with Brewster while in the Canadian Rockies. They were all very interesting, fun and
Kevin N
Kevin N
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Brilliant Brewster Tour
We travelled from Banff to Jasper and made stops at the ice field, skywalk and Lake Louise amongst others. The tour
petersI1380KE
petersI1380KE
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A Wonderful experience
We had a wonderful experience seeing the beautiful sights in the parks. The experience was made so much more enjoya
515MikeB
515MikeB
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Exceptional Service
Our introduction to Brewster’s Tours was all part of a Rocky Mountaineer at Leisure experience: Jasper and its sigh
gwyn373
gwyn373
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An amazing day!
We did the Ice explorer trip with Lukas and Dustin and really enjoyed our day. The trip was made all the more enjoy
MikiM321
MikiM321
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Exceptional Tour with Exceptional Guides
We LOVED the tour with Dustin and Lukas from Banff to Jasper, including the Glacier Tour, Lake Louise, and other si
kblair
kblair
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Beautiful Scenery between Jasper & Banff!
We (two couples) went on 3 Brewster Tours. "Tex" was our driver on two of them and he was fantastic. We also enjoy
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Giles C
Newton Abbot, UK3 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Had a really good crew, Brad the driver and Michelyn helping. From the start he was great fun and knowledgeable, we got away without wasting any time and he made good use of the time we saved by stopping for bonus stops. Michelyn was very good at spotting wildlife and Brad very good at stopping safely and allowing the majority of a full bus to take pictures.
The ice flow tour on special six wheel vehicles with low pressure huge wheels was terrific. We ended the day having seen a black bear, elk, long horn sheep abd mountain goats. A really great day with a highly capable abd knowledgeable crew. Highly recommend them, Michelyn also took pictures of various couples with their own cameras when asked, often volunteering to do so
Written 6 June 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Dear _gilescaughey, Thanks for joining us at Brewster Sightseeing on your recent visit. Your feedback is very important to us and I appreciate the time you took to provide a guest review. At Brewster Sightseeing, we strive every day to exceed our guests' expectations by providing excellent services and hospitality. We want to make each and every experience enjoyable and to help you make great memories. Each day, our team aims to do the very best job we can and reviews like yours make it worthwhile. Knowing that our guests have had a good experience with us means we can celebrate our success. It motivates us to work towards providing even better service in the future. We will ensure that Brad and Michelyn made aware of your lovely comments and we greatly appreciate you taking the time to ensure we are aware of the awesome job thy are doing. Please come back and see us again next time you’re here! Thanks again for your feedback. Sincerely, Cliodhna Guest Experience Supervisor, Brewster Sightseeing
Written 8 June 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Mel D
3 contributions
It's a full day enjoying the stunning scenery of Banff National Park with 2 stops and a decent buffet lunch included.
The skywalk was incredible and definitely worth seeing and experiencing.
The Columbian glacier was something that has to be done, interesting but not very exciting.

The coach was comfortable and Colin and Sid were great hosts explaining everything in detail and making it more memorable.
Thank you so much for the delicious ginger cookies on the way back!
Written 21 May 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Dear 227meld Thanks for joining us at Brewster Sightseeing on your recent visit. Your feedback is very important to us and I appreciate the time you took to provide a guest review. At Brewster Sightseeing, we strive every day to exceed our guests' expectations by providing excellent services and hospitality. We want to make each and every experience enjoyable and to help you make great memories. Each day, our team aims to do the very best job we can and reviews like yours make it worthwhile. Knowing that our guests have had a good experience with us means we can celebrate our success. It motivates us to work towards providing even better service in the future. We will ensure that Sid and Colin are made aware of your lovely comments and we greatly appreciate you taking the time to ensure we are aware of the awesome job they are doing. Please come back and see us again next time you’re here! Thanks again for your feedback. Sincerely, Cliodhna, Guest Experience Supervisor, Brewster Sightseeing
Written 6 June 2022
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David E
Cornwall, UK5 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
We couldn't get a hire car so reluctantly did the bus tour - well we are so glad we did. It was amazing. Brian Robinson (driver and tour guide) was so knowledgeable and as well as Skywalk and Icefield also took up tp Peyto Lake and Athabasca Falls. These last 2 being the highlight of the day. Oleta who arranged tickets, food etc was also lovely and very helpful. Can't recommend enough.
We also found our bus driver (originally ftom Japan) from Banff to Lake Louise helpful, friendly and gave us really useful info including sunrise times at Lake Louise - well worth the early start. Brilliant all round.
Written 1 July 2022
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Dear David, Thanks for joining us at Brewster Sightseeing on your recent visit. Your feedback is very important to us and I appreciate the time you took to provide a guest review. At Brewster Sightseeing, we strive every day to exceed our guests' expectations by providing excellent services and hospitality. We want to make each and every experience enjoyable and to help you make great memories. Each day, our team aims to do the very best job we can and reviews like yours make it worthwhile. Knowing that our guests have had a good experience with us means we can celebrate our success. It motivates us to work towards providing even better service in the future. We are delighted that you were happy with your decision to come with us on your visit here in the Rockies. We will ensure that Brian and Alyta are made aware of your lovely comments and we greatly appreciate you taking the time to ensure we are aware of the awesome job they are doing. Please come back and see us again next time you’re here! Thanks again for your feedback. Sincerely, Cliodhna Guest Experience Supervisor Brewster Sightseeing
Written 8 July 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

KAREN C
7 contributions
Aug 2022
Our sightseeing bus tour of Jasper and Banff National Parks was the best bus tour I've experienced in a long time. Andre our driver was very knowledgeable about the the sights along the Parkway of the height of the mountains and the size and depth of the glaciers along the way. It was evident that he was well versed regarding the landscape. Denver, the assistant on our bus kept everyone on time as well helped passengers on and off the bus, on the Ice Explorer and walking on the ice field itself. He provided perfect support for the 42 passengers on the the tour.
Written 8 August 2022
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Dear KAREN C, Thanks for joining us at Brewster Sightseeing on your recent visit. Your feedback is very important to us. We appreciate the time you took to provide a guest review. We are so glad that you enjoyed our wonderful team while you were here and hope you choose to visit us again soon! Sincerely, Rebecca H Guest Experience Manager Brewster Sightseeing
Written 8 August 2022
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Marguerite S
Kingston, Canada450 contributions
May 2022
Very professional driver, courteous & helpful along with his colleague Zoe! A great day of travelling, arrived a little late into Jasper for our train transfer for the next day but the delay was the result of the staff at the Columbia Icefield. We had a reserved time period which we were early but their staff were running late! it delayed our entire trip itinerary. Would have liked to see & experience Jasper town a little but time would not allow. The sightseeing was excellent along with the commentary about the region, the animals to which we seen & the history of the area. Perhaps a little less personal story telling from Dave but he just wanted to share his interesting stories to entertain the patrons. With such a tight time schedule perhaps a shorter stop at the Athabasca Falls & light snack & refreshments! Enjoyable & appreciated but not really necessary! Thanks.
Written 6 June 2022
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Dear CM , Thanks for joining us at Brewster Sightseeing on your recent visit. Your feedback is very important to us and I appreciate the time you took to provide a guest review. At Brewster Sightseeing, we strive every day to exceed our guests' expectations by providing excellent services and hospitality. We want to make each and every experience enjoyable and to help you make great memories. Each day, our team aims to do the very best job we can and reviews like yours make it worthwhile. Knowing that our guests have had a good experience with us means we can celebrate our success. It motivates us to work towards providing even better service in the future. We will ensure that Dave and Zoe made aware of your lovely comments and we greatly appreciate you taking the time to ensure we are aware of the awesome job thy are doing. Please come back and see us again next time you’re here! Thanks again for your feedback. Sincerely, Cliodhna Guest Experience Supervisor, Brewster Sightseeing
Written 8 June 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

john f
1 contribution
Sep 2022
The trip from Banff through the Icefields Parkway Highway was exhilarating. The sights and the sightseeing were fabulous. But it was the guides, Dustin and Lukas that made the scenery and the history come alive. They always had something to say; sometimes about history, sometimes about the geography, and sometimes just humorous. They also had quiet time too, so that you could absorb what you were seeing. That being said, the scenery stole the show. Lake Louise was the best you could imagine; the skywalk was a once in a lifetime experience; and walking on a glacier is something you can check off your bucket list.
I loved it and I highly recommend it. (Especially if you can get Dustin and/or Lukas.)
Written 3 October 2022
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Dear johnfR5122EN, Thanks for joining us at Brewster Sightseeing. Your feedback is very important to us. I appreciate the time you took to provide a guest review. I will be sure to pass along your kind words to Dustin & Lukas. We are so glad you enjoyed your time with them. I hope you choose to visit us again soon! Sincerely, Dannah B Guest Experience Supervisor Brewster Sightseeing
Written 5 October 2022
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Asta S
1 contribution
Sep 2022 • Couples
Brad, the Brewster driver and Muireann, the hostess, worked well together to give us a wonderful day trip starting from our Lake Louise pickup to our drop off in Jasper. Brad is an excellent driver and an informative and entertaining commentator. He has lots of historical facts to share as well as humorous stories.
Muireann, was a helpful hostess, counting heads, directing passengers on where and when to report somewhere, taking great pictures of passengers, and making sure everyone is having a good time. One unhappy passenger wouldn’t go on the glacier even though she tried to sweetly encourage him . (He wouldn’t budge.)
It was a long day but Brad and Muireann were a great duo in keeping us going!
Written 5 September 2022
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Dear V2851KIwendys, Thanks for joining us at Brewster Sightseeing. Your feedback is very important to us. I appreciate the time you took to provide a guest review. I will be sure to pass along your kind words to Brad and Muireann. We are so glad you enjoyed your time with them. I hope you choose to visit us again soon! Sincerely, Dannah B Guest Experience Supervisor Brewster Sightseeing
Written 7 September 2022
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Parislover2015
Mississauga, Canada21 contributions
Aug 2022
I would like to praise our guide, Dyuti, to the skies for her splendid performance during our trip. She was exceptional in every respect: lovely, vivacious, highly articulate, intelligent, witty and thoughtful. She described the sites with the enthusiasm of someone who was visiting them herself for the first time. She related many historical anecdotes and made them come vitally alive through her powers of description. She treated every passenger on the trip as though they were a close friend. She is not just a valuable asset to Brewster Sightseeing, I believe she is indispensable. The views would have probably been exciting with another guide, but with Dyuti they were unforgettable. Her colleague, Martina, who was the driver, was equally delightful. They worked beautifully as a pair.
Written 29 August 2022
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Dear Parislover2015, Thanks for joining us at Brewster Sightseeing. Your feedback is very important to us. I appreciate the time you took to provide a guest review. I will be sure to pass along your kind words to Dyuti and Martina. We are so glad you enjoyed your time with them. I hope you choose to visit us again soon! Sincerely, Dannah B Guest Experience Supervisor Brewster Sightseeing
Written 7 September 2022
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julia l
1 contribution
May 2022
Had both Frenchies (self titled) as bus driver and host. Both were so welcoming and accommodating. Tour host Zoe was so bright and bubbly throughout the entire day which was a little over 10 hours. She was knowledgeable and funny, including personal anecdotes to make her facts more relevant and exciting. The weather wasn't brilliant but they didn't let that stop their sunny dispositions. The tour itself was interesting and informative, and it was a great opportunity to walk on and experience the glacier that has stood for thousands of years. The skywalk was really fun , walking along the glass bottom suspension, providing beautiful vistas emerging from the fog. Overall, would definitely recommend, and as all transportation and lunch was included, it was a great way to spend a day off.
Written 1 June 2022
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Dear julialL5088OB, Thanks for joining us at Brewster Sightseeing on your recent visit. Your feedback is very important to us and I appreciate the time you took to provide a guest review. At Brewster Sightseeing, we strive every day to exceed our guests' expectations by providing excellent services and hospitality. We want to make each and every experience enjoyable and to help you make great memories. Each day, our team aims to do the very best job we can and reviews like yours make it worthwhile. Knowing that our guests have had a good experience with us means we can celebrate our success. It motivates us to work towards providing even better service in the future. We will ensure that Zoe is made aware of your lovely comments and we greatly appreciate you taking the time to ensure we are aware of the awesome job she is doing. Please come back and see us again next time you’re here! Thanks again for your feedback. Sincerely, Cliodhna Guest Experience Supervisor, Brewster Sightseeing
Written 8 June 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Mary M
Toronto, Canada160 contributions
Jul 2022
We arranged this tour package before leaving home. We stayed in Canmore and this company offered a pick up close to our lodgings to take us to Banff where we transferred to the tour bus. Our driver, Colin (the best looking driver with the company) (he told us to say that) and our hostess, Caitlan were great fun, and very knowledgeable and friendly. The stops along the way were all beautiful and interesting. The food at the Discovery Centre (buffet) was excellent. I wish I had had room for more. Our Ice Explorer driver Jessica was also very friendly and knowledgeable. I didn't expect the glacier to be so slushy and wet so would recommend wearing boots to keep your feet dry. Layers of clothes are needed as even though it was very hot outside, it was very cold on the glacier. On our way back to Banff, we stopped at a very nice picnic area and enjoyed some refreshments provided by the bus company. However, when leaving we encountered a flat tire. Colin and Caitlan were very professional and didn't panic or get upset. I also have to credit all the passengers as no one gave either Colin or Caitlan a hard time and everyone seemed very understanding. So we were stranded for about 60 to 90 minutes but it was in a pleasant surrounding and gave some of us a chance to chat with other passengers. Cheers to the people we met from Dallas and from Wales. Given the long delay, the bus company had to make arrangements for those of us who needed a ride back to Canmore and Calgary. They arranged for private taxis and we were on our way within 10 minutes of our arrival in Banff. Cudos to all the staff at Brewster who went above and beyond. I would not hesitate to use this service again.
Written 20 July 2022
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Dear 266MaryM, Thank you for joining us at Brewster Sightseeing. Your feedback is very important to us. I appreciate the time you took to provide a guest review. I will be sure to pass along your kind words to our wonderful team. We are so glad you enjoyed your time with them. Each day, our team aims to do the very best job we can and reviews like yours make it worthwhile. I hope you choose to visit us again soon! Sincerely, Dannah B Guest Experience Supervisor Brewster Sightseeing
Written 30 July 2022
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