Glacier Skywalk

#8 in Best Things To Do in Jasper National Park
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1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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Are you afraid of heights? If so, you'll probably want to skip the Glacier Skywalk. Everyone else should consider trekking out over the U-shaped walkway, which extends over the Sunwapta Valley. The architectural marvel allows travelers to safely venture out over the natural edge off of a 918-foot cliff, while the glass-floored walkway lets tourists take in a unique view of the area's natural setting.

Recent visitors generally praised the Glacier Skywalk for the novelty of its glass floor and the panoramas available from its observations platform. Still, many recent travelers said the views are not worth the steep price required to access the skywalk, especially because similar vantage points are available nearby. One perk of paying: Audio tours are available for no additional fee, and past tourists said they found them to be informational.

The Glacier Skywalk is located at the southern end of the park, about 65 miles from downtown Jasper. Parking is available at the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre, where a free shuttle takes travelers to and from the Glacier Skywalk every 15 minutes. Hours vary by season, but the attraction is open from 10 or 11 a.m. to 5, 6 or 7 p.m. from mid-April to mid-October. The skywalk's website suggests visiting the attraction before 1 and after 3 p.m. to beat the crowds. Tickets at the gate of the skywalk cost CA$35 (about $26) for adults and CA$18 (about $13) for kids ages 6 to 15. When purchased in advance, discounted tickets are available for CA$3 (about $2) and CA$2 (about $1), respectively. Kids younger than 5 can walk access the Glacier Skywalk for free. The Glacier Skywalk's website can provide additional information.

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#1 Maligne Lake

The second-largest glacier-fed lake in the world, Maligne Lake enchants travelers with its brilliant turquoise waters and stunning skylines. Anyone who wants to trek to Maligne Lake should take the time to visit the lake's Spirit Island as well, which is one of the most famous views of the Canadian Rockies in the world. The lake sits east of the Icefields Parkway in the southern portion of the park, and travelers can access the area with their own car, in an excursion bus or even as part of a motorcycle tour. (To book a motorcycle tour, check out the Jasper Motorcycle Tours website.) Once at the lake, visitors can take advantage of a variety of tours and excursions, or just explore the area independently.

Past visitors recommended bringing a camera to capture photos of the beautiful scenery – many note there are numerous photo opportunities. However, recent travelers also warned that both the cruise and nonmotorized watercraft rentals come at a steep price.

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