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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: Hiking, Walking, Group tours/bus tour
Description: The snow never melts on this glacier, a major tourist attraction.
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Rocky Mountains Tour: Calgary to Jasper

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we visited this glacier whilst on holiday , we were staying in Banff, I proposed to my long term partner Brenda standing on top of this huge miles long glacier , she said yes... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 9, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

we visited this glacier whilst on holiday , we were staying in Banff, I proposed to my long term partner Brenda standing on top of this huge miles long glacier , she said yes , and the massive glacier bus load of visitors all shouted and wished us the best, it is a great experience, also going on the Ice... More 

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Chesham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Touring the Canadian Rockies, I learnt we could visit a Glacier. Never ever done that before. What an exciting prospect. The Athabasca Glacier in Jasper National Park is part of the Columbia Icefield, on the Icefield Parkway between Banff and Jasper. It's said to be 3.7 miles long, covers 2.3sq miles and 300 ft thick. It's the most visited glacier... More 

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Brisbane
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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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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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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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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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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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