Columbia Icefields Glacier Ice Walk

Review: Glacier Ice Walk

One of the must-do activities at Columbia Icefields is to ride on SnowCoach and head to Athabasca Glacier for ice walk adventure. I mean if you’ve already come this far to such a remote area, you might as well spend $50 for the glacier tour. Glacier may not last forever; it’s been receding bit by bit each year. Enjoy the hike while you still can!!

There could be a promo code, coupon, combo package avaiable online for further discounts to glacier ice walk adventure. ;-)

SnoCoach Ride During Columbia Icefield Ice Walk Tour & Glacier Adventure on Athabasca Glacier in Summer - Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada | SAMTSAI.COM

June 2, 2011: Ice walk on Athabasca Glacier of Columbia Icefields :D



Andromeda-Athabasca Glacier Tour during Columbia Icefield Ice Walk & Glacier Adventure in Summer - Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada | SAM TSAI . COM

June 2, 2011: Behind me is the famous AA Glacier situated between Mt. Andromeda and Mt. Athabasca.

Drinking Glacier Water at Columbia Icefield Ice Walk Tour & Glacier Adventure in Summer - Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada | SAMTSAI.COM

June 2, 2011: Don't forget to drink glacier water during ice walk tour.

Columbia Icefield Ice Walk Tour & Glacier Adventure in Summer - Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada | SAM TSAI . COM

June 2, 2011: Thumb up to Columbia Icefield.

Aerial View of Columbia Icefield in Summer - Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada | SAMTSAI.COM

July 30, 2011: Aerial View of Columbia Icefields

History of Columbia Icefield Glacier Tour

Jack Brewster opened the original icefield chalet in 1939, the year before the highway between Jasper and Banff was completed. A Parks Canada visitor centre opened in 1964 and expanded in 1973. None of the early visitors such as Harmom or Schaffer could have imagined the growth in visitation experienced here during the 1980s and ’90s!

Alec Watt first adapted a model “A” Ford truck with tracks and skis in 1948 to take visitors onto the Athabasca Glacier. Later commercial tours used tracked vehicles developed by Bombardier of Montreal to carry 10 passengers. As the popularity of glacier tours increased, newer designs carrying more passengers were deployed. Modern snowcoaches now carry 56 passengers safely and in comfort, while minimizing environmental impacts to the glacier.

During the summer of 1949, 846 passengers enjoyed snow-mobile tours on the Athabasca Glacier. At season’s end operator Watt commented, “Soon more than a thousand visitors would ride in one season.” Today, more than five thousand visitors ride the snowcoaches on a busy day.

Map

Exact location is indicated by Green Arrow on the following map (click EXTERNAL LINK below to view map) or check Icefields Parkway Travel Guide.


EXTERNAL LINK

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