Glacier Skywalk Jasper National Park: High-Suspending Rocky Mountain Attraction Now Complete (PHOTOS)

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It's meant to give the impression of floating amongst some of the most spectacular scenery in the Canadian Rockies, while keeping ones feet solidly on deck.

Similar to the Grand Canyon Skywalk, where tourists can literally walk out over the canyon on a glass roof, the main construction has just wrapped up on the Glacier Skywalk in Jasper National Park.

The glass-floored platform hangs nearly 300 metres above the Sunwapta Valley and promises to give visitors a bird's eye view of glaciers, mountain crags and wildlife along the cliffs below.

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Attached to the platform, which protrudes 30 metres from the cliff face, is a 400-metre walkway that snakes its way along the canyon wall that provides visitors with an interpretive experience, according to the company behind the project, Brewster Travel Canada.

“From its inception, this experience was designed to integrate with the wilderness, inviting visitors to learn, discover and explore," said Brewster Travel Canada president Michael Hannan.

"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.”

Although construction on the main structure was completed in October, the design had already garnered international acclaim, when in 2011 it won the World Architecture Festival Award in the Future Projects Category. Construction hadn't even started and the Skywalk was already a world leader.

The design beat out more than 60 projects to win the international competition, which was held in Barcelona.

But visitors will have to wait until spring to get their vertigo on.

"A few of the finishing touches, such as the installation of interpretive station elements, will be completed in the spring," said Brewster Travel Canada Communications Specialist Juliette Recompsat.

"The Skywalk will be open to the public on May 1, 2014, and the grand opening festivities will be held on the Victoria Day long weekend, May 17 to 19."

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