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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
Activities: Group tours/bus tour, Hiking, Walking
Description: The snow never melts on this glacier, a major tourist attraction.
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An experience that lives up to its marketing hype. Fantastic.

A wonderful trip out on to the glacier. Very experienced and knowledgeable driver and helpful staff in the base centre.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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Adelaide, Australia
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82 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

A wonderful trip out on to the glacier. Very experienced and knowledgeable driver and helpful staff in the base centre.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

must every one have to this place grate experience there and one more thing is monestar truck experince is very nice

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Annapolis, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Yes, you just walking on ice and, depending on where you live, you may be able to do that at home every winter; but, it is an actual glacier -- four miles long, 800 feet thick. You can walk on it, touch it, drink the melted ice. Yes, it's just water; but, it's a glacier. You definitely will have a... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

We were really unimpressed with this glacier but we have seen several others, both in Alaska and Iceland. It was rather muddled with dirt. Was excited to sign up for the snow cat tour onto the glacier until I was able to view the location the snow cat takes you with my own eye. Seems like it was a waste... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Awesome - opportunity to walk on a glacier in beautiful sunny conditions. Expensive C$250 for family of 4 to do the Snow Coach onto the glacier and the separate canitlevered Glacier Skywalk but wow, what a great experience. We loved it.

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Was great to get back after a few decades...sad to see them melt away :( Excellent guiding Mr. Rex! Did last trip of the day (18:00) so small group up on the ice but felt way to rushed. kids stepped into an ice-water-hole so had to jump back into the bus to stay warm...oh ya, and dress warm! (and watch... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Most people take the Sno-coach up -- an easy, comfortable, ride to the top, which allows 30 minutes to wander. We chose to park at the bottom of the glacier and use our legs instead. It is not a particularly difficult hike. It's a breathtaking and humbling experience. Note that there is a drastic temperature change -- dress accordingly.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

We took a Sno-coach tour and walked on the glacier. The bus ride in a "monster ice bus" with huge wheels was thrilling. The driver/guide was informative and entertaining. Educational, fun tour for the whole family, with breathtaking views of the mountains and the glacier.

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Jasper National Park, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We chose not to take the ice explorer shuttle bus but to take a personal guide onto the glacier. The tours are conducted by a company called Ice Walk and it is a good idea to book ahead although we emailed through our intention to take the afternoon tour and paid cash on arrival. The tour we chose started at... More 

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Long Island, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Comfortable vehicles take you out to the glacier and you can walk around for about 30 minutes. It is amazing....running water and waterfalls on the glacier itself? And the colors...the blue is so vivid. Not as cold as we expected...a hoodie would have been fine, but do bring waterproof shoes....lots of slush to sink into up to ankles!

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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
Location: Canada  >  Alberta  >  Canadian Rockies  >  Jasper National Park

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