The Columbia Icefield: An Adventure through Time

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BANFF, ALBERTA, Canada – Have you ever walked on an ancient glacier before? No? You can’t do much better than a trip out to Columbia Icefields. Trek over the surface of the Athabasca Glacier with our ice explorers specially trained for glacial travel.

Hike the Athabasca Glacier of the Canadian Rockies

Each eighty-minute journey is lead by an experienced driver-guide, who shares a wealth of fascinating information about glaciers, icefields and their impact on our environment. Mid-point in the tour, passengers can safely step out onto the glacier and stand on this powerful ancient ice. Tours depart every 15-30 minutes from the Icefield Centre on the Icefields Parkway.

Getting to the Columbia Ice Field Glacier in Canada

Facing the Columbia Icefield Visitors’ Centre lies the Athabasca Glacier – a tongue of ice 6 kilometres long and one kilometre wide. Take time for Brewster’s “Ice Age Adventure”, a tour onto the icy slopes of the Athabasca Glacier. You will travel in a specially designed Ice Explorer to the middle of the glacier, on a 5 kilometre round trip journey. Your driver/guide will explain how glaciers are formed and point out interesting geological features as you travel in safety and comfort. At the mid-point, you will have the option of stepping out onto ice formed from snow falling as long as 400 years ago.

This trip through time is not to be missed. Put it on your list of must-do activities on your next trip to Banff, Alberta and the Canadian Rockies!

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