We decided to go on this tour when we were exploring Banff and looking for options to get to see some of the sights that we would miss because we had cancelled our trip to Jasper.
Cost was $185 each plus tax, around $390 in total. Again, not disappointed. Our driver Darren was great and was a wealth of information.
The tour started off by going to Lake Louise. It was a picturesque spot and lived up to the beauty of the pictures we have seen on the internet and in magazines. The Fairmont Chateau is next to the lake itself but is away from the village of Lake Louise that is some 4km down the hill. Lots of opportunities for pictures and then we were back on the bus.
Next stop was the Columbia Icefields for lunch and the ride to the glacier. The lunch was buffet style and so much more than we had anticipated. There was lots to eat and all tastes catered for. We were spoilt.
After lunch we were given ticket to the the glacier walk. So, essentially you go on to these huge buses specifically built for the short trip to the glacier. They are about $1.2 million each and are specifically geared for the Columbia Icefields and Brewsters who operate these tours and facilities. They are an experience to ride in and Rex, our driver was an entertainer as well with over 3000 trips in the explorers.
The truth is that the explorers take you onto the edge of the glacier but unlike other heli hikes we have done we were not allowed to hike on the glacier and were restricted to a specific area. This is also due to the fact that they are very protective of the environment and reducing the human footprint and impact on the local ecology.
After that part of the day we were then transported to the recently opened skywalk. As a person who doesn't like heights this was a bit of a challenge for me but very informative nonetheless. Some other people with a stronger fear of heights found it very challenging and some did not go on. It provides another perspective ( looking down into the valley and canyon below) on that part of the Rockies. There is an interactive walkie-talkie type device that talks visitors through each section of then skywalk. Again, a worthwhile experience for visitors to the Rockies.
After that it was a return journey to drop people off at various pick up spots on the way and a nature stop half way home.
The day started with our pick up at 8:00 and we got back to the bus terminal at 6:15pm, a full day. We were offered a lift back to the accommodation but elected to walk back to get some fresh air and exercise.
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