Summary of The Day: Combine 4 of the best Canadian Rockies attractions into one package for 1 great price!
Use your tickets anytime for 2017 to gain access to 3 amazing attractions:
The Banff Gondola, an 8 minute gondola that takes you to the summit of Sulphur Mountain for panoramic views of Banff townsite, the Bow Valley and Banff National Park.
Location: 1 Mountain Ave, Banff AB T1L 1B2
1/1 - 4/13: TUES-SAT 10:00am – 8:30pm
1/1 - 4/13: SUN-MON 10:00am – 4:30pm
4/14 – 5/18 9:00am – 8:30pm
5/19 – 9/3 8:00am – 9:30pm
9/4 – 10/9 8:00am – 8:30pm
10/10 – 12/31 10:00am – 5:00pm
The Glacier Adventure which uses giant Ice Explorers to get you on top of an ancient glacier, spend as long as you like on this mammoth ice sheet before hopping-on an Ice-Explorer transferring you to the Glacier Skywalk.
Icefields Parkway (Highway 93 N) – 1 hour south of Jasper and 2.5 hours north of Banff)
The Glacier Skywalk, which provides a full interpretive experience and a truly unique view from a glass-floored observation platform almost 1000 feet above the Sunwapta Valley floor. Tours depart from the Icefield Discovery Centre.
Location: Parking at the Glacier Skywalk is located at the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre: Latitude 52.220281, Longitude -117.2249. No parking is available at the Glacier Skywalk itself, a free shuttle service leaving from the Centre every 15 minutes will take you to the Glacier Skywalk.
And your choice of a Mountain Lake Cruise – Lake Minnewanka Cruise, a one hour interpretive tour of Lake Minnewanka, the largest lake in the Canadian Rockies.
Location: Lake Minnewanka is just a 15 minute drive from Banff along the Minnewanka Loop Drive, in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.
Maligne Lake Cruise gets you up close with the iconic Spirit Island on this 90 minute interpretive cruise in Jasper National Park.
Location: From the east end of the town site of Jasper, follow highway 16 east for 3 km to the bridge across the Athabasca river to the right, take the left fork from the end of the bridge and follow the Maligne Road 48 km to Maligne Lake. Follow the parking signs to three free parking areas and then the walkway through the forest to Maligne Lake, ticket office, boathouse and Chalet.
*Adult: 16 and above
Any children 5 and under can ride the Gondola for free
*Prices are subject to change; please contact us for a quotation before making your reservation.
*Tour prices are based on CAD and are converted into USD. Prices will change day to day, due to the currency exchange rates. Tours booked and paid for will be charged at the current rate at which the tour price is shown. We will not refund any price differences, should prices drop for the tour. Tours will be subject to Cancellation Fees, should any changes be made for a reservation.
Admission to Banff Gondola
Banff Lake Cruise or Maligne Lake Cruise
Ice Explorer Glacier Tour
It is not recommended, or required, to visit all of the attractions in one day when purchasing our Ultimate Explorer. Combo Package tickets can be used any day during the summer season. We recommend planning a day for the Banff attractions, and another day for the Icefield/Jasper attractions.
The Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre is a 2.5 hour drive from Banff townsite along the Icefields Parkway. Many prefer taking their time to sightsee the famously scenic road along the way. There are no services along the 80 km (49 miles) stretch of the Icefields Parkway between Lake Louise and the Saskatchewan River Crossing, so be sure to bring enough water and supplies. All five attractions have excellent food and beverage offerings.
Although Maligne Lake appears geographically close to the Columbia Icefield, the Lake can only be accessed by Maligne Road which begins at the townsite of Jasper. It is therefore a 2.25 hour drive from the Columbia Icefield to Maligne Lake Cruise, making the Banff Lake Cruise a better choice for those not visiting Jasper or short on time.
Please check each attractions operating dates and hours in advance.
Due to their popularity, Banff and Jasper National Park can be very busy in the summer. Parking lots can become full and lines longer during the middle of the day. Plan to arrive early or late in the day to avoid busy times (11am - 3pm). You might even spot some wildlife at these times, with animals more active earlier in the day to avoid the midday heat.
The Banff Gondola is wheelchair accessible and easily accessed by those who are elderly or families with strollers and young children. We can put one of the seats up in the gondola car to accommodate strollers and wheelchairs.
The gondola car itself comes off the track to load and unload passengers, leaving all our guests with as much time as they require to get in and out.
Please note: Though our facilities are wheelchair and stroller accessible, however the boardwalk is not as it consists of 368 shallow stairs each way.
Dogs are allowed as long as they are kept on a leash and are well-behaved. Dogs will be counted as a passenger (i.e. 3 people and 1 dog are able to ride in one gondola car). Bikes are not permitted on the Banff Gondola and there are no mountain biking trails to ride down.
The best times to avoid crowds are anytime before 11:00am or after 5:00pm.
Free Gondola Shuttle: Due to the ongoing construction, parking at the Banff Gondola is very limited. Guests are strongly encouraged to leave their car behind and ride the FREE shuttle. The shuttle departs every 15 minutes from the Banff International Hotel and Evelyn's Coffee World located on Banff Ave between 10:00am - 6:00pm. Last shuttle departs the gondola at 6:15pm.
The local bus arrives at the Banff Gondola every 40 minutes. The cost is CAD 2.00 per person and passengers will need to provide the correct change as no change will be given on the buses.
The cost of a taxi ride from the Banff Gondola to downtown Banff costs approximately CAD 10 to 15.
There is a taxi phone at the end of the Explore Rockies counter located in the Lower Terminal which is a direct line to the local taxi company in Banff.
Banff Lake Cruise
The cruise is weather dependent.
Please allow approximately one hour for this excursion; we recommend you arrive at the boat house 30 minutes prior to cruise.
The Lake Minnewanka boathouse is wheelchair accessible with access ramps leading down to the dock. We have the Minnewanka II boat that is available to take wheelchairs onboard.
The Banff Lake Cruise is located on Lake Minnewanka Loop - a short 10 minute drive from the town of Banff.
Rates and hours of operation subject to change without notice.
Availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis and specific departure times cannot be guaranteed without pre-purchased tickets.
Unfortunately, for safety reasons, we are unable to accommodate for a stroller on the boats. They can be left at the boat docks.
The Black Anchor Snack shop is available for a variety of snacks and to-go food and drink items right off the lakeshore. Washroom facilities are available at the parking lot and there are also plentiful picnic and recreational areas around Lake Minnewanka.
It's always a good idea to dress in layers with a waterproof jacket as weather in the mountains can be unpredictable. It is always a little colder at the lake, however all our cruise boats are heated and covered. We recommend bringing sunglasses, a hat, closed-toe shoes and sunscreen.
The Glacier Skywalk is located at Latitude 52.261381, Longitude -117.280862, however no parking is available at the Glacier Skywalk itself. We ask guests to use our free shuttle service leaving from the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre located at Latitude 52.220281, Longitude -117.2249.
Shuttle buses are scheduled to run continuously every 15 minutes throughout the daily hours of operation departing from the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre. The queue hallway will be divided - one side for the Glacier Adventure guests and one side for the Glacier Skywalk guests. Those who pre-purchased their tickets online or in Banff, Lake Louise and Calgary will be accommodated on the first available shuttle bus.
To limit the environmental footprint of the Glacier Skywalk, we have not installed or equipped the Glacier Skywalk with washroom facilities. Guests will need to use the washrooms at the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre, before or after their visit to the Glacier Skywalk.
The Glacier Skywalk and Discovery Trail should not be slippery, and our staff will be working to keep it clear of snow & ice in the event of poor weather conditions. However we are at the will of nature and therefore, recommend that guests wear appropriate closed-toe footwear with a gripping sole; solid running shoes or hiking boots would be best.
Attraction tickets are non-refundable.
The safety of our guests is our biggest priority. If we experience severe weather that we feel will put our guests at risk we will reschedule tours. Such unusual, severe weather would include lightning, blizzard conditions, severe rain or extreme winds.
1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.
- Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
- Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.