Columbia Icefield Glacier Skywalk

Incredible Jasper National Park landscape views from the Glacier Skywalk and transfer from Columbia Icefield. Discover the awe-inspiring mountain scenery and massive glaciers of Alberta's Rocky Mountain region on this Columbia Icefields tour.

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Book Jasper National Park Adventures and Attractions. Jasper National Park, located in the province of Alberta, Canada, is one of the largest and most northerly of the Rocky Mountain national parks, offering a sublime expanse of untamed wilderness for visitors to explore.

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Glacier Skywalk

Admission to the Glacier Skywalk in Jasper National Park. Admire panoramic views of glacial valleys and snow-capped peaks and learn about the geology, ecology, biology and Aboriginal history of the glacial region from the interpretive displays that line the Skywalk.

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Columbia Icefield Mount Columbia

Highest point
Elevation 3,747 m (12,293 ft)
Prominence 2,383 m (7,818 ft)

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Mount Columbia

Mountains of Alberta - Canada Highest Major Mountain Peaks

Coordinates 52°08′50″N 117°26′30″W
Geography - Mount Columbia is located in Canada
Location in Canada on Alberta—British Columbia border
Country Canada
Provinces Alberta and British Columbia
Park Jasper National Park
Parent range Winston Churchill Range (Canadian Rockies)
Topo map NTS 83C3 Columbia Icefield

Climbing Mount Columbia

First ascent 1902 by James Outram, guided by Christian Kaufmann
Easiest route snow/glacier climb
Mount Columbia is a mountain located in the Winston Churchill Range of the Rocky Mountains. It is the highest point in Alberta, Canada, and is second only to Mount Robson for height and topographical prominence in the Canadian Rockies. It is located on the border between Alberta and British Columbia on the northern edge of the Columbia Icefield. Its highest point, however, lies within Jasper National Park in Alberta.

The mountain was named in 1898 by J. Norman Collie after the Columbia River. The river itself was named after the American ship Columbia Rediviva captained by Robert Gray, who first ventured over a dangerous sandbar and explored the lower reaches of the river in 1792. Mount Columbia was first ascended in 1902 by James Outram, guided by Christian Kaufmann.

Mount Columbia Climbing Routes

East Face - The normal route is on the east face, a non-technical glacier climb that is straightforward in summer, albeit with a long approach (approx. 19 km (12 mi)) up the Athabasca Glacier and over the Columbia Icefield. Camping by King's Trench can reduce the approach down to 8 km (5.0 mi). Other routes include the North Ridge, which is more technical (Grade V, YDS 5.7, W3) but considered more spectacular.

Mount Columbia Geology

Mount Columbia is composed of sedimentary rock laid down from the Precambrian to Jurassic periods. Formed in shallow seas, this sedimentary rock was pushed east and over the top of younger rock during the Laramide orogeny.

Mount Columbia Climate

Based on the Köppen climate classification, Mount Columbia is located in a subarctic climate with cold, snowy winters, and mild summers. Temperatures can drop below -20 °C with wind chill factors below -30 °C.

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