This gem of a park was devastated by fires in 2017. The fire came very close to the town but, fortunately, only the Visitor Centre was destroyed and there was no loss of life. However, the two major tourist attraction roads are now, July2018, closed for vehicle traffic. If you are planning a trip there, check the web site for closures.
This location was once a free roadside pullout where anyone could stop, relax and enjoy the stunning view.
No longer. Access is now restricted to buses operated by a commercial company. You have to pay for a tour at the Columbia Icefields and then ride the bus to the skywalk.
If you oppose the rampant commercialization of national parks that stops the average citizen from enjoying the parks, do not take this tour.