Crowfoot Glacier Tours and Activities
The Crowfoot Glacier, named for its three glacier toes that once formed a very visual representation of the black bird’s foot, has retreated so much since early explorers discovered and named it that it has actually lost an entire digit. Despite its lost toe, the Crowfoot Glacier viewpoint on the Icefield Parkway is still spectacular, especially for northbound travelers due to its position as the first of many up-close viewpoints along the drive.
Opposite this spot is the Helen Lake trailhead. This popular hike is strenuous, but the reward is in the stunning mountain scenery, as the trail crosses a series of alpine meadows covered in summertime wildflowers as it climbs toward Helen Lake. The best views of the Crowfoot Glacier are found further up the trail, but only hikers willing to tackle the steep Helen Lake Headwall will have unobstructed views of the Wapta Icefield, which lies beyond the Continental Divide.
Tours and Activities to Experience Crowfoot Glacier
Frequently Asked Questions
- Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway - Full-Day Tour
- Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff
- Athabasca Glacier Snow Trip from Banff
- Private Tour for 1 to 10 guests of Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway