Come see the Icefield history of the Rocky Mountains!
By staying at Chancellor Peak Chalets, you are right in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Since we are located just 20 minutes east of Golden, British Columbia, we are within easy driving distance of some incredible natural scenery.
One of those “must see” experiences is the Columbia Icefields which consists of a series of Glaciers that are visible from the air and from the road. They are the surviving remnants of a thick ice mass that once mantled most of Western Canada’s mountains. The icefield itself lies on a wide, elevated plateau. The primary destination for tourists is the Athabasca Glacier which is visible from Highway 93 just east of Chancellor Peak Chalets.
Simply drive east from Chancellor Peak until just after the Alberta Border. Then turn north on Highway 93. After driving north for a bit, you will see the Glacier on the west side of the highway and be greeted by the Columbia Icefield Visitors Centre.
Banff Adventures – Glacier Express – Helicopter Tour & Ice Excursion
1 (250) 344-7038
Our Travel Partner – Banff Adventures – offers a Glacier Express helicopter tour of the Columbia Ice Fields. This 20 minute adventure soars 9,000 feet over Cline Pass with fly-bys of Cline Pass, Lion and Lioness glaciers with a view of a spectacular 900 foot waterfall flowing from two aqua green lakes.
As part of your tour, you will make your way to the Columbia Icefield for tour of the glacier using the specially designed “Ice Explorer”. You will rise to a turnaround point atop 333 meters (over 1,000 feet high) of ice.
Columbia Icefields Visitors Centre
1 (800) 760-6934
The Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure™ reveals the most unique attraction in the Canadian Rockies. Massive Brewster Ice Explorers, specially designed for glacial travel, take passengers on a remarkable excursion onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier.
Each 80 minute journey is lead by an experienced driver/guide who shares a wealth of fascinating information about glaciers, icefields and their impact on our environment. Mid-point in the tour, passengers can safely step out onto the glacier and stand on this powerful ancient ice. Tours depart every 15-30 minutes from the Icefield Centre on the Icefields Parkway.
Facing the Columbia Icefield Visitors’ Centre lies the Athabasca Glacier – a tongue of ice 6 kilometers long and one kilometer wide. Take time for Brewster’s “Ice Age Adventure”, a tour onto the icy slopes of the Athabasca Glacier. You will travel in a specially designed Ice Explorer to the middle of the glacier, on a 5 kilometer round trip journey. Your driver/guide will explain how glaciers are formed and point out interesting geological features as you travel in safety and comfort. At the mid-point, you will have the option of stepping out onto ice formed from snow falling as long as 400 years ago.
During the summer months, visitors to the area can travel onto the Glacier in the comfort of large “snowcoaches”.