Columbia Icefield Skywalk Tours
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Jutting out from the side of a Jasper National Park cliff, the elevated, glass-bottomed Columbia Icefield Skywalk, also known as Glacier Skywalk, is an exhilarating—if somewhat unnerving—way to experience the epic, untouched landscapes of the Canadian Rockies. From this vantage point, the view of the park’s ice-hatted peaks and glacial valleys is nothing short of spectacular.
At the Skywalk, make your way along the 1,312-foot (400-meter) Discovery Trail to the Discovery Vista. Here step out onto a curving, open-air observation platform where only a transparent pane of glass underfoot separates you from the Sunwapta Valley floor—918 feet (280 meters) below.
You can purchase an admission ticket and make your own way to the nearby Glacier Discovery Center, from where a shuttle bus transports you to the Skywalk. Alternatively, visit as part of an organized day tour from Jasper, Banff, or Calgary. Day tours typically combine visits to the Skywalk with the Athabasca Glacier, part of the breathtaking Columbia Icefield. One-way day tours, running from Jasper to Lake Louise (and vice versa), Banff to Jasper (and vice versa), and Jasper to Calgary are also available.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Complimentary audio guides are available to visitors.
- The Skywalk is partially exposed and can be windy and cold, so dress warmly.
- The Skywalk is accessible to wheelchair users.
How to Get There
The Columbia Icefield Skywalk experience begins at the nearby Columbia Icefield Discovery Center in Jasper National Park, Alberta. To get there, drive 2.5 hours north from Banff or 1.5 hours south from Jasper along the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93). Free Skywalk-bound shuttle buses depart from the Discovery Center every 15 minutes. There is no parking at the Skywalk.
When to Get There
The Skywalk is open from May through mid-October. The best time to come is directly after opening or in late afternoon, around the bulk of the visitors.
Views from the Skywalk
On a clear day, you will be able to see a portion of the Columbia Icefield, one of Canada’s biggest expanses of glacial ice. The North Glacier of Mt. Athabasca is also visible, as is Mt. Kitchener. If you have a sharp eye, you may even be able to spot bighorn sheep and mountain goats roaming below.
Address: Jasper National Park, Jasper, Alberta, Canada
Hours: Hours vary by season.
1 Tours and Activities to Experience Columbia Icefield Skywalk
Traverse the wilderness of western Alberta on this full-day Jasper to Banff one-way tour. Travel the famous Icefields Parkway with your guide and learn of the region’s colorful past. Discover top attractions including Athabasca Falls, Bow Lake, Crowfoot Glacier, and the Weeping Wall. Take part in the Glacier Adventure tour on the Athabasca Glacier or ride the Glacier SkyWalk over Sunwapta Valley. Gain insight into Alberta’s geology at the Columbia Icefield Centre. Take a short walk to a scenic viewpoint for panoramic views, then conclude your tour in Banff.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are Columbia Icefield Skywalk hours of operation?
Columbia Icefield Skywalk hours of operation: Hours vary by season.. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
What's the best way to experience Columbia Icefield Skywalk?
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