Athabasca Glacier Icewalks was founded in 1985 by Peter Lemieux, a natural history interpreter working with Parks Canada. Peter saw an opportunity to make the beauty of glaciers more accessible to all. With over 36 years of experience on the Athabasca Glacier, he is the unofficial authority on this incredible natural wonder, and remains passionate about sharing the glacier with anyone who is interested.
Our guides know how awe-inspiring the Canadian Rockies can be: we are here to share this unique landscape with you and to demonstrate the impact that glaciers have on our lives, not only in western Canada, but across large portions of the world.
All Icewalk guides are certified members of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, or international equivalents. The ACMG is the organization that certifies all mountain guides in Canada and is well recognized in the international guiding community. Completing the various courses means that Icewalk guides are qualified in glacier travel, crevasse rescue, the effects of changing weather conditions, and all other aspects of mountain and snowfield travel.
In addition to the technical skills of mountain travel, our guides are trained in advanced First Aid and are able to provide emergency medical attention in the field if necessary. They carry two-way radios which provide a quick link to backup support if needed.
Like Peter, many of the guides have spent a large part of their lives around the Athabasca Glacier and the Canadian Rockies in general. Others come to us from locales as far away as New Zealand, Iceland and Germany, which adds an international flavour to your experience on the ice. All of the guides share a deep love of the mountain environment and enjoy sharing it with everyone who comes to visit.