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Duration of Ice-Walk is 3 hours. Longer walk times are available upon request at an increased rate. We recommend you bring a few extra warm layers, as it can be much cooler on the glacier than at The Crossing Resort. Hiking gear for glacier walk is available upon arrival at your tour. Recommended ages 7 and up. Ice-Walk tours run rain or shine, although date changes are available free of charge upon request. Columbia Icefield is located 50KM north of The Crossing Resort. Tours cannot be scheduled for day of arrival. Tickets will be provided upon check-in at the motel.
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To enjoy your hike, hike smart. Remember, you can stock up on hiking supplies and food at our General Store. We appreciate your patronage and would love to see you back!
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"The best thing people can do for bears is replace myths with facts." - Dr. Lynn Rogers
Two opposing myths about bear behavior have both done a huge disservice to understanding bears; that they are an extreme threat to people in any circumstance. or they are "cuddly creatures" to be approached and photographed. Neither scenario could be further from the truth. The fact is, bears are intelligent creatures and simply put, they deserve our respect.
Myth. Bears are unpredictable. Fact. Bears use body language and vocalization to show their intentions. You can learn about bear behavior if you recreate in bear country.
Myth. Bears can't run downhill. Fact. Wrong! Bears can run more than 60 kph, up hills, downhills and side slopes. That's twice as fast as we can run and over a short distance can outrun a racehorse.
Myth. Bear Bells are the best way to avoid a surprise encounter. Fact. Bells may be helpful but not the total answer. It's best to alert bears of your presence by talking loudly, singing as you hike, breaking sticks; noises that carry.
Myth. If a bear charges you, climb a tree. Fact. Well, not always. Fact, black bears are excellent climbers and can be more aggressive in trees. Grizzlies too can climb trees, perhaps not as quickly as a black bear but they can and do climb!
Myth. Bears have poor eyesight. Fact. Bears see in colour and have vision similar to humans. Their night vision is excellent and particularly tuned to detect movement.
Myth. Shooting or relocating a nuisance bear will solve the problem. Fact. Problem bears aren't born, they are created through improper handling of food and garbage. If you move the attraction for the bears, you'll remove the problem. If a problem bear is removed, and don't remove the problem, another bear will "discover" your inadvertent buffet!
Myth. People travelling in bear country are often attacked. Fact. Bear attacks are extremely rare! Although there are thousands of human-bear encounters every year, only a few result in injury. Most bears will actually retreat before you are even aware of their presence. But stay alert and know what to do. How to survive a bear attack!
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But best of all, educate yourself and be Bear Smart! It's your life!
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At The Crossing Resort there is nothing more important to us than the health and safety of our employees, guests and the travelling public.
The Public Health Agency of Canada and Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Henshaw, have assessed the public health risk associated with the COVID-19 virus in Canada as increasing and unpredictable. Using an abundance of caution and complying with the Province of Alberta’s recently announced Public Health Emergency, we are postponing our April 14, 2020 opening date. Our new tentative opening date is scheduled for June 4, 2020. As a result, our Mother’s Day Event and Weekend and Spring Specials are cancelled.
We will endeavor to keep our guests and the travelling public updated with future developments and assure you we will employ the highest standard of disinfecting and cleaning before opening and throughout the season.”
On Sunday morning, enjoy a short walk to refresh yourself in our spectacular alpine setting before joining us for our Mother’s Day Breakfast Spectacular, complete with flowers for Mom. You’ll want to make a reservation in advance to ensure your family group seating.
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