Glass-floored Glacier Skywalk Provides Clear Views of Canadian Rockies
The Glacier Skywalk, a glass sidewalk cantilevered off a cliff 918 feet above the glaciers and pines of the Canadian Rockies, opened May 1 in Alberta, Canada. The $18 million skywalk, a fully accessible, semicircular, glass-floored observation platform supported by a steel structure jutting from native bedrock, offers spectacular views of the Sunwapta Valley, Columbia Icefield glaciers and the Canadian Rockies.
Glass partitions are all that come between visitors and the valley below, with little to obstruct the view through the glass floor. But, it’s all stronger than it looks, said to be sturdy enough to support a landing Boeing 747. The Glacier Skywalk has already garnered environmental and design awards. Dedicated to a near-zero carbon footprint, the structure was designed using weathering steel, glass and wood.