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Banff: Athabasca Glacier and Columbia Icefield Parkway Tour

1. Banff: Athabasca Glacier and Columbia Icefield Parkway Tour

Discover the Athabasca Glacier on a guided tour from Banff. Journey along the scenic Icefields Parkway and climb into an Ice Explorer vehicle to explore the awesome glacier. Experience breathtaking views of the Sunwapta Valley as you step across the Glacier Skywalk. Get picked up from your Banff hotel in a modern mini bus by your friendly guide. Departing from Banff, your guide will welcome you on the tour with an overview of where you'll be headed as you sit back and enjoy the ride along the Icefields Parkway, one of the world’s most stunning scenic drives. Benefit from a tour where you don’t have to navigate or watch the road. Sit back, relax, and focus on the amphitheater of mountains towering above as you keep your eyes peeled for wildlife at the edges of the forest. Stop at the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre and board an Ice Explorer vehicle. Drive onto the Athabasca Glacier, learn about its history, and take some free time to soak up the views. Touch this ancient sheet of ice and even drink pure, cold water straight from the glacier. Head to the nearby glass floor Glacier Skywalk and follow the 1-kilometer walkway that leads to a platform where glass is all that separates you from a 918-foot drop. Witness the giant glaciers perched above you and admire the views of the spectacular Sunwapta Valley spread out below. Enjoy a scenic stop for a hearty packed lunch of a sandwich, juice, fruit, chips, and brownies. Visit iconic landmarks along the Icefields Parkway such as Bow Lake, the headwaters of the mighty Bow River before heading back to Banff.

Banff National Park: Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Day-Pass

2. Banff National Park: Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Day-Pass

Maximize your time in Banff National Park with this Hop-On-Hop-Off Pass and see all the main sights at your own pace. The stops include Johnston Canyon, Moraine Lake, Lake Louise, and the Lake Louise Gondola (admission is not included). There are 3 departures from Banff, so you can start early and see everything, or sleep in and enjoy a tour along the famous Bow Valley Parkway to Moraine Lake before your return to Banff. • Stop 1 - Banff - The tour departs at 07:45 AM, 9:30 AM, and 12:15 PM daily • Stop 2 - Johnston Canyon - Hop off here to hike up to the beautiful Upper and Lower Falls or even go all the way up to the famous Ink Pots • Stop 3 - Lake Louise Gondola - Soar by gondola or chairlift to the most stunning views on the Lake Louise Gondola • Stop 4 & Stop 5 - Lake Louise - Make sure to hop-off here to enjoy Lake Louise and all that it has to offer. Check out Lake Agnes Teahouse and the breathtaking Plain of Six Glaciers • Stop 6 - Moraine Lake - the most stunning lake in the Rockies. Experience the absolutely breathtaking Valley of the Ten Peaks that surround the lake. Return to Banff as early as 1:45 PM or enjoy all the stops and come back to the town at 6 PM. On your way back to Banff open the windows and watch for wildlife along the famous Bow Valley Parkway. Grizzly bears, black bears, elk, bighorn sheep have all been spotted here. Your bus will stop for photos at any sighting. Enjoy your tour on the original yellow school bus style with a professional driver and a tour guide. All the buses all guaranteed to be 5 years old or newer. Guides on board each bus will help you plan your day on a 1 on 1 basis and give you a personalized itinerary that matches what you want to do. They also have extensive knowledge of nearly everything you would ever want to know about Banff and can help you with hiking suggestions, or even just great places to eat.

From Banff: Icefields Parkway Guided Tour

3. From Banff: Icefields Parkway Guided Tour

Go on a journey along the famous Icefields Parkway, the undisputed world heavyweight champion of scenic roads, where jaw-dropping scenery is punctuated by more than 100 ancient glaciers, waterfalls cascading from dramatic rock spires, and turquoise lakes set in sweeping valleys. Along the way, you'll make stops at all the well-renowned, must-see spots as well as some spots that only locals know about. Enjoy a small group guided tour as your expert local guide will be on hand to provide you with all the amazing local insights you can imagine, and you’ll be able to hit the trails for some short, mellow hikes to explore the best viewpoints and scenic vistas at your own pace without the constraints of a big bus tour schedule. Hear stories from your guide and all the great local insights you could desire with a combination of on-road guiding mixed with in-destination solo exploring, allowing you to experience the best of each stop on the tour at your own pace.

Banff: Banff National Park Guided Tour with Snowshoeing Hike

4. Banff: Banff National Park Guided Tour with Snowshoeing Hike

Journey along the famous Icefields Parkway, the undisputed world heavyweight champion of scenic roads, where jaw-dropping scenery is punctuated by more than 100 ancient glaciers, waterfalls cascading from dramatic rock spires, and frozen lakes set in sweeping valleys. Stop at the awe-inspiring Abraham Lake, where your local expert guide will show you where to find the lake's famous frozen ice bubbles, a natural phenomenon that you ice-skate or walk on. This tour also includes an easy (1.5km return) snowshoeing hike to the jaw-dropping Peyto Lake viewpoint, where you can gaze upon the vastness of the Canadian Rockies deep in the backcountry of Banff National Park. Along the way, make stops at all the well-renowned must-see spots as well as some spots that only locals know about.

From Banff: Icefield Parkway Scenic Tour with Park Entry

5. From Banff: Icefield Parkway Scenic Tour with Park Entry

The Sightseeing tour can be booked starting from Banff. We will pick you up from your Hotel or Airbnb location. The first stop will be Lake Louise, you will have time to take a photo and enjoy the enchanting view of the lake and its glacier background. We will have an exit to Icefield Parkway and the next stop will be Crowfoot Glacier for a stop. Bow lake and Bow Summit/Peyto Lake are popular attractions in the parkway so expect the crowd at this location. We will continue driving and have a short hike to Mistaya Canyon, Howse Pass, and end at The Crossing (Saskatchewan Crossing). The Icefield Parkway drive has a very high chance of seeing wildlife so just be ready with your camera to snap a photo, as a rule, we will always keep our distance from the animal for our safety as well as not to disturb the animal on their natural habitat.

Icefields Parkway: Smartphone Audio Driving Tour

6. Icefields Parkway: Smartphone Audio Driving Tour

Discover the incredible Icefields Parkway with this smartphone audio tour between Lake Louise and Jasper. Let your audio guide transform this beautiful scenic drive into a sight-seeing, fact-finding, trivia-answering, family-friendly adventure. With your phone or tablet at your guide (download instructions found on your confirmation voucher), start from either Jasper or Lake Louise, and end at the other. Enjoy the same tour experience in either direction. Watch as your audio guide point out must-see sights, attractions, breathtaking mountains, and glaciers that you pass along the journey. Learn about the area's early pioneers, animals, geography, and the historical events that led to the highway’s creation. Take in the panoramic views of Lake Hector and Bow Lake, and stop for easy trails in Banff National Park. Explore the Columbia Icefields and the Columbia Icefields Discovery Center. See the majestic Dolomite and Bow Peaks, Mount Amery, Mount Murchison, and Mount Wilson. Take in the gorgeous Sunwapta Falls where the water flows from the melting Athabasca Glacier. Hear about the people and events that made the area famous like Mary Shaffer Warren, Bill Peyto, George Simpson, and the Palliser Expedition. Easily navigate your tour and enjoy entertainment suitable for all ages. Stay laughing and engaged with your friends or family along the way with trivia fun. Hear fun audio clips that play automatically as you drive using a live GPS map. Try out multiple-choice trivia questions about the sights at each point of interest you pass. With no time constraints, enjoy the freedom to stop anywhere and take your time exploring.

From Calgary: Icefields Parkway Route Tour w/Hotel Transfers

7. From Calgary: Icefields Parkway Route Tour w/Hotel Transfers

The Sightseeing tour can be booked starting from Calgary. We will pick you up from your Hotel or Airbnb location. The first stop will be Lake Louise, you will have time to take a photo and enjoy the enchanting view of the lake and its glacier background. We will have an exit to Icefield Parkway and the next stop will be Crowfoot Glacier for a stop. Bow lake and Bow Summit/Peyto Lake are popular attractions in the parkway so expect the crowd at this location. We will continue driving and have a short hike to Mistaya Canyon, Howse Pass, and end at The Crossing (Saskatchewan Crossing). The Icefield Parkway drive has a very high chance of seeing wildlife so just be ready with your camera to snap a photo, as a rule, we will always keep our distance from the animal for our safety as well as not to disturb the animal on their natural habitat.

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What people are saying about Bow Lake

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 335 reviews

Added interest to our trip and pointed out items of interest that we may have missed. Unfortunately the day we drove was of poor visibility so we couldn't see alot of the mountains and other items of interest however it was still good to listen and learn about the area and then answer the quiz questions that was put to us. Added a bit more fun to the trip as well as past the time of travelling. I think that it is a great idea and would definitely look for other guides like these when travelling.

Was only in Banff for one day so this was the perfects way to see all the important attractions in the park without the hassle of driving or trying to find parking. Would 100% recommend this to anyone visiting the park

Eli was an excellent tour guide! We had the most wonderful day and learned so many new things about the area. Great experience!

guide was very knowledgeable and the ride was super comfortable and highly recommended.

Excellent, full day of tours, with great quality and comfort