glacier skywalk

This glass skywalk in Canada lets you gaze out over ancient glaciers

Jasper's Glacier Skywalk allows you to engage with the splendour of the Canadian Rockies in a unique and intimate way, and it will leave you speechless. Gather your courage because this hair-raising experience is not for the faint of heart. 

Jutting out over 110 feet from the cliff-face into the sky, with nothing but glass between you and a 918-foot drop into the Sunwapta Valley below, this observation platform gives a slightly unsettling impression that you’re floating in thin air.

The impressive structure has won multiple awards for the design including the World Architecture Festival. The colour of its Corten steel mimics the natural iron rock of the surrounding landscape and blends in seamlessly with the cliffs.

For the brave souls who take the first step on to the glass, there’s instant gratification. You’ll be rewarded with incredible jaw-dropping views of snow-covered peaks stretching to the horizon, brilliantly formed glacier valleys and dozens of frozen waterfalls. 

This front-row view is located directly off of the world-renowned Icefields Parkway, which was rated one of the top drives in the world by Condé Nast Traveller.

The scenic highway that connects Banff and Jasper National Park offers up its own tremendous mountain views anywhere along the 230 kilometres of its open road.

But where the Skywalk experience starts is from the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre.

The first 400 metres of the over one-km boardwalk includes interpretive storytelling and provides visitors with tons of fascinating knowledge on the history, wildlife and geology of the Canadian Rockies. 

One example is information on Snow Dome, which can be seen from the skywalk. This 11,000-foot mountain is truly geologically significant as it’s Canada’s only hydrological apex, meaning the meltwater from this summit feeds three different oceans, the Pacific, Arctic and Atlantic. 

The Glacier Skywalk should be added to the bucket list of every adventurer or anyone who appreciates a spectacular view. 

Lead photo by

Terence Wong

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