After two years of construction and many more of planning and design, Brewster Travel Canada announced today, Oct 11, 2013, that their Glacier Skywalk is essentially complete. And just in time! Juliette Recompsat, Communications Specialist for Brewster Travel Canada, reported that “We already have some snow here, but we expect good weather this week to finish the project.”
Glacier Skywalk is an award-winning architectural design presenting the “only unobstructed, completely accessible glacier view in the world.” The 1300 ft long Glacier Skywalk and glass-floored observation deck is suspended from a cliff face at the Tangle Ridge Viewpoint on the Icefields Parkway in Jasper National Park. Visitors can stand in mid-air, poised nearly 1000 ft over the wilderness of Sunwapta Valley and the ice fields below, to view the abundant wildlife and see the effects glaciers have on the landscape.
Michael Hannan, President, Brewster Travel Canada, said “From its inception, this experience was designed to integrate with the wilderness, inviting visitors to learn, discover and explore. The engaging interpretive experiences, views of the glacial valley, rushing waterfalls and sightings of mountain goats and bighorn sheep will ensure that guests leave the Glacier Skywalk with a powerful connection to and long lasting memories of the incredible landscapes they stand within.”
Greg Fenton, Field Unit Superintendent for Jasper National Park, said “This new attraction significantly enhances the visitor experience in the Icefields area and ensures visitors of all ages and abilities have a chance to learn more about the unique features that contributed to Jasper's inclusion in the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site.”
The design of Glacier Skywalk won 1st prize at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona, Spain. This stunning design utilizes existing infrastructure as much as possible, guaranteeing a footprint neutral construction, to create an unprecedented private tourist attraction in Canada’s Jasper National Park.
Glacier Skywalk is scheduled to open May 1, 2014, with a Grand Opening over Victoria Day long weekend (May 17-19, 2014). It is accessible by automobile or bus from Jasper and Banff along the Icefields Parkway, one of the most famous scenic drives in the world.