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Athabasca Glacier

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Address: 127 km (79 mi) north of Lake Louise | 103 km (64 mi) south of Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
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+1 866-606-6700

The snow never melts on this glacier, a major tourist attraction.

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See receding glacier in person.

A massive glacier, fed by the Columbia Icefield just above. Compare the glacier with its 1919 photo mounted on site. It has retreated about a mile in 100 years. This is fast, as... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Walking on the glacier was cool! We took a unique vehicle of which there are only like 24 in the world up the steep mountain slopes to the glacier. We got out and walked around on the glacier for about 30 minutes and took pictures. We got back on the vehicle and went down the mountain. I filled my canteen... More 

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washington dc
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A massive glacier, fed by the Columbia Icefield just above. Compare the glacier with its 1919 photo mounted on site. It has retreated about a mile in 100 years. This is fast, as glaciers go. (Adjective: glacial.) There is more summer melt than winter snow on the Columbia Icefield. You can go up on the glacier in an all-terrain Ice... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

The ride to the glacier in the bus is slow, but worth it. Not much I can say except it is a very peaceful place to visit and it is beautiful.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

Stopped off at the Athabasca Glacier on route to Jasper. Had booked a 3 hour glacier walk with one of the local companies as this seemed better than the bus trip. Sat in the visitors centre across the road and watched the buses and people on the glacier with a sense of trepidation. In reality, it was nothing to worry... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

The Athabasca Glacier was a must see visit on our road trip to the Canadian Rockies. It was worth seeing! It was a cold and stormy day so unfortunately, the snow coaches were not going on the Glacier. But we walked to it as far as we were allowed. It is a slightly strenuous hike, but worth it. We did... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

One of a kind experience, if you have never been onto a glacier. Took the bus ride (July visit), walked in the cordoned area. It was very slippery, people went swoosh on their back often. They give 10 minutes to board the bus back again, but it took us nearly 15 minutes to get to the chairs with our two... More 

Thank Sr S
Whittlesey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

Another 'Must See' thing to do whilst in the area....the weather of course helps and this is truly a magnificent sight - Glad we did it.

Thank RoyGerstner
Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

The glacier was beautiful. I arrived on a day tour with brewster and changed to one of their special glacier busses. What an amazing experience! Would recommend to anyone with a day to spare. Trip from Banff city was relatively easy with the tour company, and having a driver made is easy to sit back and watch the scenery pas... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

We went to Athabasca glacier on Nov 11. They closed down the summer parking lot that is the closest to the glacier. So the hike to the glacier from the winter parking lot is not easy and on uneven ground. There are lots of rocks and ups and downs. Felt like the tundra! When we hiked to the glacier we... More 

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Oil City, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

We stopped first at the Icefield Center; it was very crowded. We did not spend any time there because of the crowds, so we drove across the road to the parking lot and walked to the "toe of the glacier". It was very cold and windy. You can only walk so far down and then it is fenced off. You... More 

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