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Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure: Ice Explorer & Skywalk

1. Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure: Ice Explorer & Skywalk

Begin your unique adventure at the Columbia Icefield Discovery Center. Meet your guide, who will take you to the Athabasca Glacier. At the scheduled time, board your Ice Explorer, a huge vehicle specifically designed for glacial travel, and set off on an exciting ride. During your ride, hear stories and facts about the Columbia Icefield and the glaciers around you. Once on the Glacier, hop off the vehicle to walk on the extremely thick, 25,000-year-old ice and drink cold, pure water from the glacier itself. This is an experience you will never forget. Then, take a short ride to the Columbia Icefield Skywalk. Heighten your senses by walking on a platform where only glass separates you from a 918-foot (279-meter) drop. Marvel at the spectacular views of the mountains, glaciers, and the Sunwapta River with its waterfalls.

Jasper: Columbia Icefield Skywalk

2. Jasper: Columbia Icefield Skywalk

Get an entry ticket to Columbia Icefield Skywalk, a cliff-edge walkway 918 feet (279 meters) above the valley floor. See giant glaciers perched above you and the spectacular Sunwapta Valley below with this experience. Make your way to the Columbia Icefield Discovery Center in Jasper, then board the shuttle to get to the skywalk. Upon arrival at the observation platform, collect your audio guide and embark on your adventure. Step onto the glass floor of the Columbia Icefield Skywalk to begin the scenic 1-kilometer walk, surrounded by fantastic views. Marvel at crystal-clear waterfalls, admire the mountains and glaciers above and keep a lookout for wildlife native to the Candian Rockies.

Victoria, BC: 3-Hour Ultimate Whale & Marine Wildlife Tour

3. Victoria, BC: 3-Hour Ultimate Whale & Marine Wildlife Tour

The waters off Victoria, British Columbia are known as the Salish Sea. Discover its wonders and rich marine environment with this ultimate whale and marine wildlife tour. Board a brand new high-speed coastal explorer boat and set sail to look for orcas (also known as killer whales), humpbacks, harbor seals, California sea lions, and over 127 species of marine birds!  Take a tour of the west coast aboard a luxurious coastal explorer, with two outside viewing areas and a fully heated cabin. Enjoy complimentary coffee and hot chocolate as you set off on an adventure to learn all about the local marine wildlife and important landmarks. From playful orcas to giant humpbacks, your experience is sure to be memorable. Discover the marine wildlife in the waters off Victoria with the help of marine biologists and learn about efforts to establish Victoria as a world-renowned whale watching destination. 

Victoria: The Butchart Gardens Tour

4. Victoria: The Butchart Gardens Tour

The famous Butchart Gardens exist on the site of an exhausted limestone quarry. The first garden, the Sunken Garden, was built when the Butcharts hired a Japanese landscape architect to transform the quarry space into something beautiful. On the 35-minute bus ride from Victoria, your experienced driver will provide an overview of Victoria’s historical past, present, and future. Once the bus gets you to Butchart Gardens, you will have the opportunity to explore the enchanting grounds for yourself. The gardens span 55 acres and provide a total sensory experience. The flowers and scents transform with the seasons, and you will have a spectacular experience no matter what the time of year. As you wander the gardens, we encourage you to enjoy the view while sipping from a cup of coffee at one of the restaurants or seasonal cafés scattered across the grounds. The gardens have become a major attraction on Vancouver Island, and have been honored as a National Historic Site of Canada because of their international popularity.

Whistler Spectacular Glacier Tour by Seaplane

5. Whistler Spectacular Glacier Tour by Seaplane

Discover even more of Whistler's majestic mountains and glaciers as you fly high over the scenry on this 30 minutes flight.  Experience British Columbia’s supernatural beauty with this eagle’s eye flight over the majestic glaciers, rugged peaks, unique volcanic formations and lush alpine meadows that surround the turquoise waters of mile-high Garibaldi Lake. Don’t forget your camera! With currently over 50 aircraft, Harbour Air, Westcoast Air, and Whistler Air operate the largest seaplane fleet in the world. Dehavilland DHC-3 Turbine Single Otters and Twin Otter service regularly scheduled flights between the Lower Maindland, and Vancouver Island. DHC-2 Beavers service the Gulf Islands, and a Cessna 185 aircraft is available for charter. What started as a two airplane operation in 1982 to service the BC forestry sector, Harbour Air Seaplanes has grown into North America’s largest seaplane airline and only fully carbon neutral airline. With a showcase fleet of Canadian-made De Havilland aircraft, you’ll enjoy flying aboard a DHC-3 Turbine Single Otter, DHC-6 Twin Otter, or DHC-2 Beaver. Let’s fly!

Whistler: The Sea to Sky Helicopter Tour and Glacier Landing

6. Whistler: The Sea to Sky Helicopter Tour and Glacier Landing

Discover the astonishing beauty of Whistler and the surrounding area on this scenic helicopter flight. After meeting your professional pilot and getting comfy in a helicopter, get ready to take in incredible views. During your 42 minutes in the air, see the famous Whistler Blackcomb Resort, the turquoise green Cheakamus Lake, Garibaldi Lake, and fly over the spectacular mountain top with a view of Black Tusk Peak. Feel the cold icy snow with both feet as you enjoy a 15-minute landing to savor a magnificent glacier viewing, if weather conditions allow. This landing experience offers absolutely amazing views. After your scenic flight, you will return to the Whistler Heliport.

Banff National Park: 1-Hour Spray River Horseback Ride

7. Banff National Park: 1-Hour Spray River Horseback Ride

Embark on a horseback riding adventure as you breathe in the pine-spiced mountain air. Approach the Bow Falls and enjoy spectacular views. Pass by the famous Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course known as one of the most immaculately manicured courses in Canada. Continue along the edge of the Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course and cross through the waters once more. A partial climb up Sulphur Mountain brings you through a wooded residential area and back to the corrals. Enjoy a unique experience and cross the Spray River. On hotter days, your horse may even decide to cool itself off by splashing water onto its belly. Have an experience unlike anything else.

Whistler Zipline Experience: Ziptrek Eagle Tour

8. Whistler Zipline Experience: Ziptrek Eagle Tour

Meet your professional and fun tour guides in Whistler Village then get geared up for your adventure. This tour is accessed via the Whistler Village Gondola with a short walk to the first zipline launching at an elevation of 3,280 feet (1,000m) right on Whistler mountain. From here, your adventure continues with 5 breathtaking ziplines and 4 treetop bridges. The first zipline is side-by-side so you can zip next to a friend and the last zipline brings you right back into Whistler Village. This tour is perfect if you've ziplined before or crave an adrenaline rush!

Victoria Panoramic Seaplane Tour

9. Victoria Panoramic Seaplane Tour

Fly high above scenic Victoria BC and explore its beautiful scenery by seaplane. This thrill-a-minute tour will reveal a spectacular landscape and unforgettable aerial views. The Panoramic Seaplane Tour of Victoria will glide over the Olympic Mountains and along the Victoria waterfront to the white sand beaches of James and Sydney Islands. From here the tour heads north to the Saanich Peninsular and over the famous Butchart Gardens before returning back to Victoria Harbor. It is an experience not to be missed, especially if time is limited in Victoria and the photo opportunities just cannot be bettered. A fantastic day out for aviation lovers.

Classic Vancouver Panorama Tour by Seaplane

10. Classic Vancouver Panorama Tour by Seaplane

Enjoy the most popular tour of Vancouver and the North Shore Mountains. This ideal introduction to seaplane aviation departs from downtown Vancouver’s Coal Harbour and provides a complete aerial view of the city, as well as its surrounding parks and beaches. As if the scenery isn't enough, the thrill of flying will really carry you away. The exhilarating spray of the water is always a highlight during take-off and landing. With over 50 aircraft currently, your hosts operate the largest all-seaplane fleet and the first carbon neutral airline in North America. DeHavilland DHC-3 Turbine Single Otters and Twin Otters service regularly scheduled flights between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. DHC-2 Beavers service the Gulf Islands. Cessna 185 aircraft are available for charter.

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4.6 / 5

based on 788 reviews

This was the first time I’d ever taken a tour and I did it on my own and it was excellent and fun. Tim our guide gave us so much great information that I found myself taking notes to tell my partner later. We did so much but I never felt we were rushed. I was picked up at my hotel and dropped off there at the end of the day which I totally appreciated. The whole day well organised and very relaxing. I felt very well looked after:)

Once you are there at the Icefield Center, after tickets all transportation is taken care by them, from Regular bus to huge tire bus to glacier & transfer back to regular bus to sky field & return back to Center.

Beautiful gardens! Our tour guide/motor coach driver was a wealth of information and kept us entertained on the way there and back. One of the highlights of our trip!

Very well organized with helpful staff and a very calm experienced pilot. Scenery was stunning.

Well worth the trip the staff wear helpful and friendly