Columbia Ice Field, Jasper National Park

Must see · Scenic Drive · Nature / Park
The remnant of a vast glacier that once covered the region, Columbia Ice Field takes the crown as the largest of its kind in the area. Surrounded by some of the park’s highest peaks, the expansive ice field feeds numerous rivers with its meltwater, including the Columbia and Fraser rivers in the western part of North America. Head for the ice field’s visitor center to learn more about the process of glacier formation and movement; from there, you can explore the only accessible part of the ice field, which reaches a thickness of 350 m (1,148 ft) in places. Be sure to bring your camera, as you’ll get a sweeping view of the mountains around you, nine of which stand at a height of more than 3,000 m (9,852 ft). Make Columbia Ice Field a centerpiece of your Jasper National Park vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Jasper National Park trip builder.
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  • Lana and Alyssa were absolutely amazing. Such an incredible experience. Drink the water it’s delicious.  more »
  • Very organized and polite staff. Extremely helpful and kind, specially James and his partner from the frog truck. We definitely had a great time.  more »
  • Really enjoyable experience, though the guide, Hans, was knowledgeable and interesting. It took longer than expected which was good - would recommend the audio tour on the sky bridge.  more »
  • Visited the Columbia Icefield Skywalk and the staff were awesome. Safety protocols were evident and the bus drivers were great. Very informative. The views at the Skywalk are amazing and we were lucky enough to see a mountain goat under the bridge with a sheer cliff drop off only a few feet away from where he was. Have driven from Banff to Jasper and vice versa many times and had no idea there were so many waterfalls going into the Sunwapta valley. With the Skywalk you get to see that. Amazing. Highly recommend visiting.
  • Its a really cool place to see you can go on ice walk or do the sky walk its really cool Great people that work there You don't know tell you try it
  • It’s gonna take a while to reopen this place. They have some awesome tour guides
  • Amazing facility, very clean and organized. You have to come and park here if you are going to the Skywalk. They have shuttle services to drive you there and back!
  • Excellent facilities - lots to see and do here. The only current issue is that the glacier bus tours are not running due to the accident earlier in the season. Do the Skywalk tour - just an amazing build.

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