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Athabasca Glacier

127 km (79 mi) north of Lake Louise | 103 km (64 mi) south of Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Type: Geologic Formations
Activities: Hiking, Walking, Group tours/bus tour
Description: The snow never melts on this glacier, a major tourist attraction.
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Melbourne, Australia
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181 reviews 181 reviews
45 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

You can't miss this if you drive between Jasper and Banff, nor should you. The view from the road is already impressive. There's a very large car park near the very large tourist centre, and the reason for the size immediately became clear from the numbers of tourist buses around, even though this was the end of the season. The... More

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Beersheba, Israel
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53 reviews 53 reviews
38 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

we stopped here on our way from banff to jasper. it wasn't a nice day , it was rainy and cold.we decided to skip the tour and try our luck on our way back. it was worth the wait! when we came back 3 days later , it was a sunny perfect day. we took the tour with the big... More

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niagara falls ontario
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

Although my family was here when I was younger on a summer family vacation - truly a wonderful fun experience. Loved that it was summer and the mountains were snow covered. Fun experience for everyone.

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Sandhurst, United Kingdom
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70 reviews 70 reviews
32 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

It is a long drive from Banff to get there with very few interesting stops for refreshments or petrol. The views along the way are beautiful. The visitor centre and hotel is just off the road and apparently covered by snow in the winter months. One has to park the car and take one of the giant snow cats with... More

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Corona, California
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4 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

We took the Brewster Ice Explorer. It was kind of a fun experience to actually be out and walking on a glacier. Not awesome -- but we're glad we did it.

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Buford, Georgia
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92 reviews 92 reviews
63 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

Maybe it's because we have had far superior glacier experiences that this was kind of a waste of time. The ride on the big Brewster buses takes you to the edge of the glacier. Then you stand around, taste the glacier water, take a picture and get back on the bus. I think they allow about 20 minutes. We were... More

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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14 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

We got to the Columbia Icefields Center later in the day than we expected. We got on a bus tour and enjoyed it somewhat, though we felt the tour guide could have given more history and less jokes. THe glacier is huge and when you arrive (if weather cooperates), get off the Ice carrier and touch it, feel it, see... More

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Jasper National Park, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

On arrival we passed by each of the markers showing where the glacier was at specific dates. We parked and went looking for the tour only to find it was back up the road, with coach loads of other tourists arriving every few minutes. In the end we decided to walk up to the glacier for a quick view. (20... More

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Newcastle, Australia
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13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

what a wonderful this experience was on my recent trip through the Canadian Rockies. Everything about this excursion was 1st rate-1st the shuttle bus to the foot of the glacier (driver gave a great commentary) ,then transferred to huge ice carrier (again driver gives a funny and knowledgable commentary). then out to walk around the glacier-very slippery , but absolutely... More

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UK
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54 reviews 54 reviews
13 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

The glacier may be receding, but the Brewster-run tour is still fascinating, helped by enthusiastic drivers of the Snocoaches and linking buses. Not a cheap trip, but a unique one.

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