Columbia Icefields Parkway Bus Tour
The Columbia Icefields Parkway tour begins with a stop at world famous Lake Louise then continues along the Icefields Parkway. The Parkway is rated as one of the most scenic highways in the world. Marvel at glaciers remaining from the last ice age while you hear stories of early explorers who opened the valleys.
Enjoy a picnic before visiting the Athabasca Glacier and Columbia Icefields Centre. Join an Ice Explorer! ($54.95 value INCLUDED in tour cost) and travel onto the glacier or you can explore the interpretive centre and surroundings.
Itinerary and highlights:
- Availability April - October 2017
- Lake Louise: A brief photo stop at the most famous lake in Canada
- Crowfoot Glacier: One of the day's many up close glacier views.
- Peyto Lake: The classic emerald green jewel of the Canadian Rockies.
- Saskatchewan Crossing: A rest stop/coffee break.
- Mountain Picnic Lunch: Enjoy a hearty lunch with your choice of sandwich at a scenic stop along the Icefields Parkway.
- Bridal Veil Falls: Fantastic view over the Icefields Parkway and the falls.
- Columbia Icefields: Venture onto the Athabasca Glacier on the Ice Explorer! and visit the interpretive centre.
- Bow Lake: The headwaters of the mighty Bow River.
Departure Information:08:30 daily - Seasonal dates - April to October 2017
Where to meet:Hotel pick up and drop off provided from Banff; Lake Louise
Your Tour Includes:Friendly, certified guide, Small group size, Hands on interpretive tools, Hotel pick up and drop off, Mountain Picnic Lunch, Ice Explorer! Tour, Use of binoculars
Q: Where is the pick up and drop off from?
A: We pick up from most hotels in Banff and we also pick up at Lake Louise Samson Mall and Chateau Lake Louise. For drop off, our guide will ask you on the way back where you would like to be dropped off either in town or at your hotel.
Q:What happens if it's not a nice day for a picnic lunch?
A: We will go to the Columbia Icefield Centre and have lunch there, while you enjoy the view of the Glacier before you head onto the Glacier tour.
Q: Does it snow on the Glacier during the summer?
A: It can snow during the summer, the weather can be very unreliable so we suggest that you layer up incase it is colder than in Banff.
Q: Does this tour run in winter?
A: No unfortunately it does not run in winter, it is just a summer tour. It runs between mid April to mid October.
Q: How far is Jasper from the Glacier?
A: Jasper is about an hour from the Glacier, we do not include Jasper in the tour, as there would be a huge time constraint with travelling time.
Q: Will I see wildlife on the tour?
A: There is a chance of seeing wildlife on the tour, we do not guarantee any wildlife on any of our tours but our guides have a lot of knowledge about the animals within the park and can fill you in about them if you see any wildlife or if you have any questions about any of the animals in the national park.
Sandwich choices are:
1) Ham and Cheese on Ciabata Bread, chedder cheese, mayonnaise, honey mustard and leaf lettuce.
2) Prime Rib Sandwich on Ciabata Bread: AAA prime rib, dijon mustard, mayonnaise, Swiss cheese & leaf lettuce.
3) Vegetarian on Multi-grain Bagel: lettuce, arugula, roasted red pepper, red onions, cucumbers, with pesto aioli.
Also includes apple, juice, strudel, as well as maple cookies and water.
Remember to bring:
- Warm clothes, including hats, gloves and warm shoes. It can get very cold on the Athabasca Glacier
- Remember your camera!
- Early and late season road/trail closures may limit access to some areas.