Brewster’s Ice Explorers run 1hr 30min, 5km rides over the glacier in custom buses, with a chance to get out and walk safely on the ice (daily every 15–30min: April & Oct 10am–4pm, depending on the weather; May & Sept 9am–5pm; June–Aug 9am–6pm; $55; book at the Icefield Centre or call t 780 852 6550). They’re heavily subscribed, so aim to avoid the peak midday rush by taking a tour before 10.30am or after 3pm.

More dedicated types can sign up for the two Athabasca Glacier ice walks (mid-June to early Sept daily at 9.40am; $75–105; t 780 852 5595, w icewalks.com), led by licensed guides. Sign up online or at the front desk of the Icefield Centre – be sure to bring warm clothes, boots and provisions.

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