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Full Day Guided Glacier Hike on The Athabasca with IceWalks


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This tour departs at 9:30 in the morning. The 6 hour tour is a classic on the Icefields Parkway where you get to spend the whole day exploring the Athabasca Glacier.
Bring your own lunch and enjoy it among the icefalls at the head of the glacier.
It is a hike of moderate difficulty requiring no technical skills. We supply all the gear required to comfortably explore the glacier.
IceWalks' guides are ACMG certified. Your friendly and informative guide will explain the natural history of the area, guide you safely through the icefalls, and show you the many ice formations on the glacier.

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Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
August 15, 2022
Great all day tour with experienced guides. Lots of interesting information shared and I felt safe at all times
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
August 8, 2022
Brilliant day hiking on the Athabasca Glacier with Icewalks. Our guide Anne was really informative and made sure that we all felt safe at all points and was a wealth of information about the glacier. Everything was really well organised. You don't really appreciate the glacier's presence until you are walking on it. Really thought provoking to see the rate at which it is shrinking in the current climate. One of the highlights of our holiday
Rating of 4 out of 5 stars
July 26, 2022
First let me say that both my spouse and I have previously been on a glacier tour, originally in New Zealand. In comparison to that tour, this tour was good but not great. On the New Zealand tour, we were on a fast moving glacier and were almost immediately exposed to really interesting ice features, almost from the outset of the tour. In comparison, on the Athabasca Glacier, you need to hike quite a way before you get to the interesting stuff. In fact, by the time we got to the ice falls, which is where things get really interesting, it was time to turn back. So, I'd say the density of thrills-to-effort is a bit lower on the Athabasca. Having said that, our tour guide, Jason, was quite good and he did make the tour very interesting. He was full of information about the glacier and even had our teenaged children interested, which is no small feat. While 6 hours sounds like a lot of time, it went by quickly. If you've never been on a glacier before, this is absolutely worth the time. There may not be many more years before there are no easily accessible glaciers like this one to see. And, I do think you want to do the 6 hour tour because the three hour tour probably does not have enough time to reach the really interesting stuff.
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Stop At: Athabasca Glacier, 127 km north of Lake Louise 103 km south of Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta Canada

IceWalks' ACMG certified guides will meet you in the Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre parking lot and gear you up for your adventure. You will be shuttled a short distance to the trailhead. This 10 km roundtrip walking tour will take you to the incredible icefalls at the head of the Athabasca Glacier where you will enjoy your lunch (bring you own) against the backdrop of shattered ice and rock.
You will learn the natural history of the area and you will be immersed in the glaciated landscape, you'll see: crevasses, mill wells (waterfalls into the depths of the ice), meltwater streams, and icefalls.
This will be the highlight of your trip on the Icefields Parkway. The pictures you take will capture the memories of a lifetime. No technical climbing experience required! The 6 hour tour is moderate in difficulty, suitable for children aged 7 and up who are strong hikers and seniors who enjoy an active lifestyle.

Duration: 6 hours

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Service animals allowed
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • We monitor and follow all recommendations from Alberta Health Services. Currently Alberta has no health restrictions in place.
  • You will be provided micro-spikes (crampons for added traction on the ice) If you don't have your own: Rain gear, hiking boots, gloves, and hat
  • Entry/Admission - Athabasca Glacier

  • Warm layers - bring your own insulating layer

Departure Point

Departure Time
09:30 AM

6 hours

Return Details
Returns to original departure point

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