2001 Shot of an early Ice Explorer

Columbia Icefield

Columbia Icefield

The largest acces­si­ble ice­field in the Cana­di­an Rock­ies, shim­mer­ing glacial ice and snow cov­er some 389 sq. km. (233 sq. mi.).  An excit­ing 55 minute Snow coach Tour will take you out onto the Athabas­ca Glac­i­er, a tongue of the Colum­bia Ice­field, for an awe-inspir­ing glimpse of icy crevass­es and ice-fed stream­lets.   Or, join a guid­ed Glac­i­er Ice-walk and vis­it the Ice­fields Inter­pre­tive Cen­tre for infor­ma­tive exhibits and slide shows. Sea­son­al accom­mo­da­tion, din­ing and camp­ing avail­able.  Hik­ing trails near­by. Start­ing point for numer­ous glac­i­er trav­el and alpine climb­ing routes.

Icefield Interpretive Centre
Ice­field Inter­pre­tive Cen­tre


Brewster Tours

  The 5 km (3 mi) Ice Explores excur­sion onto the icy slopes of the Athabas­ca Glac­i­er is Jasper Park’s most pop­u­lar tour. Below the glac­i­er head wall par­tic­i­pants can see onto ice 400 years old and over 300 meters (1000 feet) thick. Avoid the peak-time rush by tak­ing your tour before 11 am or after 2:30 pm.


Snow Camp­ing

Mt. Kitch­en­er

Access: High­way 93 south, approx. 105km from Jasper

Park­ing: Yes

Trail­head: at base of glac­i­er

Activ­i­ties: Sight­see­ing, Tour, Ski­ing


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