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Athabasca Glacier

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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Rocky Mountains Tour: Calgary to Jasper
89%
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Walking, Group tours/bus tour
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Owner description: The snow never melts on this glacier, a major tourist attraction.
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Brisbane
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423 reviews 423 reviews
253 attraction reviews
211 helpful votes 211 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We stopped at the information centre on the Iceland Parkway and bought tickets on the bus to the glacier "terminal". There you mount a huge ice bus to run out onto the glacier. At the glacier, the bus disgorges the passengers and you have about 30+ minutes to walk around the ice and snow of the glacier. (Be careful, there... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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89 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Having already visited Alaska, including South Sawyer Glacier, Hubbard Glacier, Holgate Glacier etc this glacier was a real disappointment. It has retreated so far in recent years it's visibility from the highway is limited. If this is the only glacier you'll have a chance to see you probably need to do the ice explorer trip out onto the glacier to... More

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Smithfield, Virginia
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98 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

My husband and I traveled to the Icefields Parkway (Canadian Rockies) on a cross country trip and stopped at this glacier on the Columbia Icefields area. On one side of the highway is an information center, service for food and gas and the location to take a bus to the glacier. The bus will cross the road go up a... More

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Toongabbie, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

After a drive from Banff which included driving the last 10kms in snowfall the process of getting to the glacier was smooth. The guide was very good and we had plenty of time on the glacier to look around and experience it. This was our second trip and we would come back again. It is a unique experience.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
18 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

I'm glad I did this and it's worth doing but it is a tourist trap so be prepared. To think you're standing on a glacier is pretty cool. In hindsight I wish I had booked one of the guided hikes to get away from the crowds...

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Edinburgh
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15 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Had never been on a glacier before, nor had we been on a sno-coach - both of which we got to do from the visitor centre. You're taken by coach towards the glacier then transferred to the big sno-coahes to go down onto it. Its so cool to standard on the glacier and try to picture it being a very... More

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Edinburgh
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We stopped here on our way from Banff to Jasper, which allowed us to spend about the right amount of time here and still have the evening in Jasper. The visitor centre is large and busy, but the buses that take you out to the glacier are reasonably well-organised. Departures are frequent, and it takes about five minutes to reach... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This is an interesting stop if you are travelling from Jasper to Lake Louise / Banff. The glacier buggies are comfortable and the guides are knowledgeable although our guide only ever pointed out things on the left side of the vehicle. Once at the glacier the temperatures are much lower than at the visitor's center so be sure to dress... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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85 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Visited Athabasca Glacier with friends on our way from Banff to Jasper. One in a lifetime opportunity to ride in glacier vehicle. Breath taking views all around. We booked our tickets in advance so we skip ques. This place is very busy in season but well worth to visit. Our tour guide/driver had a great knowledge about the glacier. There... More

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London, United Kingdom
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13 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

The unique IceBus tours onto the Glacier but get there early, even 'off season' it gets incredibly busy. Slowly Brewsters seem to be over-selling and over-using this uniquely accessible glacial location

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