Best time to visit Banff & Jasper National Parks

Glacier Skywalk in Banff & Jasper National Parks

Treat yourself to an adrenaline boost high above the ice

Best time: May–mid-October

Glacier Skywalk
Glacier Skywalk
Glacier Skywalk

No other experience compares to discovering the beautiful nature of the Canadian Rockies while standing on a walkway over the edge of a cliff where only glass separates you from a 280-metre drop.

"Wow!"—this is the most common exclamation coming from people who experience the Glacier Skywalk. To access this point, you will first need to be transferred from the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre. As you walk through and look down to the Sunwapta Valley with a bird's eye view, you'll see remnants from thousands of years ago. Looking up, you'll be carried away by the most amazing glacial and mountain vistas. This is where you'll find the freshest water you've ever tasted and take in a unique ecosystem where adaptation never ends.

The cliff-edge interpretive trail will show you more of the post-glacial scenery and then suddenly you feel as though you are submerged in the air! From this translucent glass-floored platform, you can inhale the fresh air, watch the birds fly and enjoy the sounds of the waterfalls. Everyone should take in this experience for the senses!

The Glacial Skywalk is open to visitors from late April or May to mid-October. It is closed for the winter due to weather conditions.

Practical info

What is the ideal time of the year to visit the Glacier Skywalk?

The Glacier Skywalk can be visited from late April or May until mid-October, which is the best season to explore Banff and Jasper National Parks. Extended daylight hours and comfortable temperatures make the summer months ideal for visitors. Exploring becomes easier during this season. Show more

What is the location of the Glacier Skywalk?

The Glacier Skywalk is located near the Alberta province's Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre. To connect Banff and Jasper towns, it is situated on the Icefields Parkway—the most picturesque route globally. Accessible from Highway 93 (Icefields Parkway), the Trans-Canada Highway also serves the location. Show more

What is the maximum height of the glass-bottom portion of the Glacier Skywalk?

From the cliff's edge, the Glacier Skywalk's glass-bottomed portion stands at an elevated position of 918 feet (280 meters). The platform is lengthy enough to accommodate a large number of visitors, offering spectacular bird's-eye views of the Sunwapta Valley and the striking glacial and mountain sceneries. Show more

When does the Glacier Skywalk close for the winter period?

Due to adverse weather conditions, the Glacier Skywalk is closed in the winter season. This period falls between mid-October and late April or May, during which heavy snowfalls, ice, and freezing temperatures are common in Banff and Jasper National Parks, leading to the closure of the walkway for visitors' and locals' safety. Show more

What other activities are available around the Glacier Skywalk?

The Glacier Skywalk offers visitors many other activities like guided glacier tours and sightseeing around glaciers, camping, wildlife tours, and hiking. Other surrounding attractions include Maligne Lake, Athabasca Falls, and Moraine Lake around Jasper and Banff National Parks. Show more

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