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Columbia Icefields Parkway Canada
Discover Alberta Canada on our Caravan Canadian Rockies Tour and your all inclusive vacation will include a guided tour of the Columbia Icefields Parkway. As part of our Caravan Icefields Parkway tour (and weather permitting), you will also enjoy an all-terrain Ice Explorer ride across the easily accessible Athabasca Glacier, North America’s most visited Glacier!
The only highway link between Jasper and Lake Louise in Alberta is the Columbia Icefields Parkway. This 144-mile (232-km) stretch of Canadian highway runs along the Continental Divide past glacial ice fields, high mountain peaks, and the evergreen vastness of the Rock Mountains. Amazingly, run off from the Columbia Icefields feeds into three separate oceans, the North Atlantic, the Pacific, and the Arctic Ocean!
Athabasca Glacier Part of Columbia Icefield
Straddling the Continental Divide, the Columbia Icefield dates back nearly quarter million years. Part of it makes up Banff National Park and rest is in Jasper National Park. Located in the Canadian Rockies between Alberta and British Columbia, the Athabasca Glacier is just one of Columbia Icefield’s six Glacier extensions.
Unfortunately, the Athabasca Glacier has been receding rapidly (nearly 1 mile) since the turn of the 20th century, which makes this a photo opportunity you definitely do not want to miss. Be sure to charge up your batteries and pack up your lenses for a once in a lifetime opportunity to stand on top of this amazing Canadian glacier.
Athabasca Glacier Ice Explorer
This all-wheel drive, tri-axle ice vehicle transports you safely up to Athabasca Glacier where you’ll step out onto glacial ice that could be as old as 200,000 years or more. Your guide will explain in detail how the 6-mile long Athabasca Glacier was formed and the devastating impact that global warming has had on this magnificent Canadian Glacier.
A stroll on the Glacier Skywalk caps your trip, at a point where only glass separates you from the 918-foot drop to the Sunwapta Valley below. The wildlife, glacial streams, waterfalls, and the magnificent mountain scenery will invigorate your senses on this Canadian journey of discovery.
Glacier-Fed Peyto Lake
In the Canadian Rockies you will find numerous pristine high altitude lakes that are fed by the clear, cold, crystal waters of the Canada’s glaciers. One of these high-altitude, glacier-fed, emerald green lakes is Peyto Lake (pronounced pee-toh). At a half a mile wide and nearly 2-miles long, picturesque Peyto Lake is over 6100 feet above sea level.
On this trip, Caravan stops for a photo opportunity at Alberta’s Peyto Lake in Banff National Park, which is best viewed from Bow Summit. The emerald colour of Peyto Lake is due to suspended particles of glacial “rock flour” that pours into the lake during summer. The splendid turquoise color is a stunning contrast to evergreen forests that surrounds this frigid mountainous reservoir.
Peyto Lake often graces the cover of illustrated books and is a highly sought-after destination for outdoor enthusiasts and photographers with a passion for the beauty of the Canadian Rockies.
About Caravan Tours
Still family run and operated (since 1952), Caravan Tours is a second generation all inclusive tour company. We offer fully guided tours throughout the United States, Central America, and Canada! Our goal has always been to be North America’s premier tour company for affordable all inclusive tours.
On this Canadian Rockies tour, Caravan also takes our tour guests to visit Glacier National Park in Montana and Waterton Lakes Park in Southern Alberta, both of which formed a union in 1932 to create the world’s first International Peace Park.
For more information about our Canadian Rockies and Glacier Park tour that also includes a guided tour of Athabasca Glacier along the Columbia Icefields Parkway, please call Caravan Toll Free at 1-800-Caravan (227-2826) or:
Why Travel with Caravan?
Why Travel with Caravan?
Excellence Since 1952
You can trust our years of experience with tours of superb quality and excellent value. Caravan has enjoyed the same family management and ownership since 1952.
Caravan's Proud History
In 1965, Roger Mudd hosted a two-hour CBS TV special on Caravan Tours. This TV production took about one month to make and was so successful it inspired the 1968 romantic comedy movie “If it’s Tuesday this must be Belgium.” In the early 50’s the Mayor of Dublin presented Caravan with the Key to Dublin for bringing the first American tour to the city after WWII. Since then, Caravan has been recognized as a pioneer in travel. You can trust in our stability, experience and dedication to quality.
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