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Columbia Icefields, Canada

Formed during the Great Glaciation more than 240,000 years ago, the Columbia Icefield is the world’s largest accumulation of snow and ice south of the Arctic Circle.

The magnificently vast Columbia Icefield (325 km²) lies partly in the north-western area of the Banff National Park and partly in the Jasper National Park, upon the Continental Divide between British Columbia and Alberta, Canada. Feeding an astounding total of eight glaciers, and home to the famous Athabasca Glacier.

Discover the awe-inspiring mountain scenery of the Canadian Rockies and marvel at glacial peaks higher than 3000m. Journey in a remarkable all-terrain Ice Explorer along the surface of the icefields, for a once-in-a-lifetime experience through the magnificent natural wonder, and walk along ice formed over 400 years ago.

Two unforgettable experiences in the heart of the Canadian Rockies: Icefields Parkway & Glacier Skywalk.

Icefields Parkway:

The 230km road through the heart of the stunning Rockies; connecting Lake Louise, Banff National Park and Jasper National Park is renowned as one of the most beautiful journeys in the world. As you drive, become enveloped in the ceaseless natural beauty of towering peaks, magnificent ancient glaciers, stunning mirrored lakes, thick forest and diverse wildlife.

With numerous roadside stops, take a break at one of the many awe-inspiring glacial lakes, cascading waterfalls and exquisite viewpoints. Along the Icefield Parkway, follow on foot one of the many hiking trails to get an up close and personal experience with the natural beauty of the breath-taking scenery.

Glacier Skywalk:

Follow a sensational cliff-edged walkway enveloped by a complex display of natural wonders from cascading waterfalls, unique wildlife, ancient fossils and immense glaciers. The Glacier Skywalk ends with a jaw-dropping glass-floored viewing balcony perched high above the Sunwapta Valley (918 ft.). Marvel at the giant glaciers as they arch above you and the witness a birds-eye-view of the spectacular Sunwapta Valley spread below.

Boldly peer beneath you at the magnificent ragged cliffs below and let the award-winning design of The Glacier Skywalk make you feel suspended in the middle of the magnificent beauty. Leaving you with unforgettable memories and a deep connection to the world’s vast natural beauty that only a handful of people in the world experience.

Avoid visiting the Columbia Icefields during peak times of the day and visit before 1pm or after 3pm to beat the crowds.

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