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The Canadian Rockies newest attraction
The Glacier Skywalk
August 3, 2015

The Glacier Skywalk incorporates a viewing area, a cliff-edged walkway and observation deck. The award winning design features an impressive curved, glass floor walkway which is suspended 918 feet above the Sunwapta Valley. The total cost to complete the Glacier Skywalk, including consultation, environmental monitoring and assessment, planning, design and construction, was approximately CA$21 million (approximately US19 million).

 

COMPARISON FYI: In 2012, the two RV Gypsies walked on the Grand Canyon Skywalk which is suspended 4,000 feet above the Grand Canyon floor and protrudes 70 feet beyond the rim of the Canyon. (Those photos are also on this website, use the TOC button above and chose National Parks.)

 

August 3, 2015: The two RV Gypsies took the shuttle from the Columbia Icefields Glacier Discovery Centre to the Glacier Skywalk (which is the only way to get there). Then they walked on the cliff-edge walkway that was filled with nature inspired interpretive exhibits. (There is a charge, which must be paid at the Discovery Centre.)

the cliff-edge walkway

the cliff-edge walkway

The netted rock wall
with the highway above.

Looking over the cliff's edge
at the river and glacier.

the netted rock wall with the highway above

looking down

Approaching the Glacier Skywalk

Approaching the Glacier Skywalk

the Glacier Skywalk

(Note: Nobody can bring a camera, purse or anything else on the Grand Canyon Skywalk. They limit the number of people on the Skywalk, and they take photos and sell them to you).

BUT HERE there are no restrictions at the Glacier Skywalk. However there were lots of people everywhere so it was difficult to take photos, not just of each other, but even the scenery photos often had somebody's hand or more in the photo.

the Glacier Skywalk the Glacier Skywalk

the Glacier Skywalk

the river and glacier

Below: The two RV Gypsies on the Glacier Skywalk. They had to take turns standing at opposite ends of the skywalk and zooming in to get photos of each other. It took a lot of patience because people kept walking in front of them.

Karen Duquette on the Glacier Skywalk

Lee Duquette on the Glacier Skywalk

Looking down at the feet of the two RV Gypsies on the glass bottom of the Glacier Skywalk.

the feet of the two RV Gypsies on the glass bottom floor

the glass bottom floor

Karen Duquette

Lee Duquette

looking down

Karen Duqutte on the glass bottom floor

A waterfall and the river, far below.

A waterfall and the river, far below

A waterfall and the river, far below

A waterfall and the river, far below

glacier

Karen Duquette

Lee Duquette

Lee Duquette

Looking back at the entrance walkway from the Skywalk.

Looking back at the entrance walkway from the Skywalk

Looking back at the entrance walkway from the Skywalk

Then the two RV Gypsies took the shuttle back to the Icefield Centre Discovery Center and went on the Athabasca Glacier Adventure.

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please continue on to travel adventures of the two RV Gypsies Visit sites in the order they happened and continue on as the two RV Gypsies ride the Glacier Snowcoach up onto the Athabasca Glacier.

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