- Type: Natural Wonders, Tours
- Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
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Covering 130 square miles on the southern edge of Banff National Park, the Columbia Icefield is the largest sub-polar glacier in North America. It's a bit of a drive from Banff Town, but you'll quickly find the views and the hiking trails are well worth the trip. According to one TripAdvisor user, "The Columbia Icefield is one of the most amazing accumulations of ice you will ever have the chance of seeing." Tour buses are available from Banff Town; but consider driving the Icefields Parkway (Route 93) north from Banff to enjoy the scenery.
Some visitors say that admission fees are too expensive (averaging around C$50 for adults), but others recommend looking into half-price tickets that are sometimes available from the Banff Information Center. Hours of operation vary depending on the season and are posted on the Columbia Icefield website.