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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
Phone Number: 18666066700
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Activities: Hiking, Walking, Group tours/bus tour
Description: The snow never melts on this glacier, a major tourist attraction.
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Well worth the visit. The hike to the toe of the glacier would be ok, but at 78 the snocoach trip is so much easier and the driver/guide was so informative and humorous! Also the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Llanfyllin, United Kingdom

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Texas City, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

You buy a ticket, stand in line, get on a big bus, go across the street get on the weird bus with big tires and drive over to the melting glaciers that you can see from the highway. I thought it was the ultimate tourist trap.

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Llanfyllin, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Well worth the visit. The hike to the toe of the glacier would be ok, but at 78 the snocoach trip is so much easier and the driver/guide was so informative and humorous! Also the add-on trip to the Glacier "skywalk" is a must! A glass-floored walkway curving out over a 300 ft deep valley - wow!

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Skip the bus tour, and book an afternoon glacier hike to experience this most amazing natural feature. You will walk from the sediments that the glacier has left behind, towards its toe, and then continue climbing up through the ice until you are well within the valley with over 150 meters of ice below you. You can see glacial rivers,... More 

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Ridgetown
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We first visited the Athabasca Glacier in 1977, then in 1979, 2010 and now. It is hard to believe how much it has retreated since 1977. We took the Glacier Experience tour in 1977 and 2015. It too has changed. In 1977, we drove up onto the side of the glacier and took a tracked vehicle down. Now we took... More 

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San Clemente
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

The Athabasca Glacier is an amazing place to visit and well worth the long drive from Banff. A hiking trail to the toe of the glacier has markers indicating where the glacier USED to be. This really emphasized how quickly these glaciers are receding and that in a few more generations nothing more may exist.

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Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Took this trip organised by the ever efficient Brewster, who seem to run most of the touristy attractions in this part of the world. A buffet lunch at the Icefield Chalet was surprisingly good and well organised, given the crowds of people there. The Snocoach trip onto the glacier was good, with an informative guide and took about 20 minutes... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We parked at the first car park off the parkway to give ourselves a walk over the rocks to the foot of the glacier. It was well worth it for the views and small river crossing which give kids a sense of some adventure as they approach the glacier. Not too crowded either which was great but the sheer sense... More 

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Enfield, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We were part of a tour, but any way you get to see this, do it! It is spectacular from geological, photographic, and experiential perspectives. The ice explorer that takes you onto the glacier is fun, the glacier itself is awesome, and the setting is spectacular. The view from the lodge below is probably the closest to the view one... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We loved this. We took the bus tour and it was great. You only get about 20 minutes on the glacier with the bus tour but it is so cold you will be happy to get back on the bus. You cannot really get a scale for how massive the glacier really is until you are up close to it.... More 

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Manningtree, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

The tours are run by Brewster, who seem to own the enormous building by the roadside from which the tours start. It took 20 minutes to get tickets because the system seems very slow - and that was before the Japanese coach parties arrived! While you wait there are two restaurants upstairs, a smart one which was entirely filled with... More 

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