Columbia Icefield Tour from Banff

Who I am
Aina Prat

Author and references

See lakes and glaciers on a full-day tour from Banff to the Columbia Icefield. Hop on the Ice Explorer and settle in while a local guide provides fascinating commentary of Alberta's stunning Rocky Mountain region. The route to the Columbia Icefield, one of the largest masses of ice south of the Arctic Circle, is universally considered one of the greatest mountain roads in the world.


  • Done in English
  • Day trip (destination A to B)
  • Taxes, fuel surcharges and service included
  • Visit with local guide

The Columbia Icefield is one of the largest accumulations of ice south of the Arctic Circle. The Icefields Parkway will run from Banff National Park to Jasper National Park and is one of the most beautiful scenic drives in Canada.

Visit Lake Louise, the icon of the Canadian Rockies, before your spectacular journey along the Icefields Parkway. At Lake Louise, stroll along its emerald green shores with picture-perfect panoramic views of the Victoria Glacier. With photo stops at Crowfoot Glacier and Peyto Lake, you're on your way to the awe-inspiring view of Big Hill.

On this guided tour, you'll learn about the unique ecosystem and creation of the glaciers you encounter on your way to the Columbia Icefield. After your ride on the Ice Explorer ATV, it's time to visit the Glacier Gallery, a restaurant or gift shop at the Glacier Center. Return to Banff in the afternoon.

This tour is seasonal and only operates from May to October.

Detailed schedule

Starting point :
From select locations in Banff

Departure time :

  • The Fairmont Banff Springs (entry by coach) – 08:05
  • Mont Royal Hotel (bus entrance) – 08:15
  • Brewster Transportation Hub – 08:30 a.m.

Return details:
back to the starting point

add a comment of Columbia Icefield Tour from Banff
Comment sent successfully! We will review it in the next few hours.