Top Picks: Brian Slot of Travel Alberta

Glacier SkyWalk, Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre
Glacier SkyWalk, Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre

If you have only a couple of downtime hours in Alberta between meetings & events, Brian Slot, director of MICE for Travel Alberta, says hitting the open road is the way to go.

“The Icefields parkway, between Lake Louise and Jasper, has been rated over and over as one of the top ten most scenic drives in the world. It has the Columbia Icefield and the brand-new Glacier Skywalk on the drive—make sure to stop and see it.”

On the skywalk, a glass-floored observation deck is all that separates groups from a 918-foot drop into the Sunwapta Valley. The platform is lined with a series of interpretative exhibits; when combined with the Canadian Rockies’ awe-inspiring glaciers and waterfalls, it gives groups a peak into the area as it was thousands of years ago.

Tours of the Athabasca Glacier take place every 15-20 minutes via the Ice Explorer, a massive vehicle designed specifically for glacial travel. The stunning alpine and glacial vistas, along with the rare opportunity to step onto the glacier for a selfie or other “I was here” moment, are certain to be conversational “icebreakers” for your group. Both the skywalk and glacier adventure are offered through the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre.