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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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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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London
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50 reviews 50 reviews
18 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

thought this would be an expensive tourist con but it was worth every dollar. Ice explorer but takes you onto the glacier and although 20mins seems a short time, the outside temperature made us quite happy to return. skywalk was also worth the visit. you need good weather to get the views. Bought the 4 deal package that included the... More

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Merritt, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

While travelling with teenagers we decided to take a detour and visit the Glacier. We were transported out by bus to the site, it was a spectacular site, the kids really enjoyed it. It is a shame that with global warming the Glacier is melting away, glad we stopped when we did to see it. A must see before it's... More

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Transported out to the glacier on bus. Plenty of ice but you can see how fast it is receding and the ice was a dirty grey. A sunny day with a big crowd. Come wrapped up as the glacier has its own cold climate.

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McLean, Virginia
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157 reviews 157 reviews
38 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

It's hard to describe the immensity of a moving sheet of ice like this. People look so tiny against the ice. At the same time, it's sobering to see the markers showing where this glacier was in 1994. Every day scientists come out to measure the amount of water coming off the glacier, and when I was there it was... More

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Montreal, Canada
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36 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

If you want more exercise in the course of route, take the path of rocks. Once depiction near the Glacier, you can admire the disaster caused by the global warming in all its magnificence. Panels here and in by the roadside allow to see where was situated the glacier in various dates during the last century.

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FLORIDA
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51 reviews 51 reviews
21 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Start off at the welcome center and be transported to the base of the glacier by bus. Then transfer to a specialized vehicle to take you to the Glacier. Dress warm! You are standing on a 650 foot deep glacier. Try the water, it's good and cold.

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Texas USA
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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Breathtaking views, and the thrill of being on a glacier and walking on it. we took the bus front he ice center and they take you to the glacier and give you 20 minutes to explore. It happened to be glorious day with the sun shining brightly and the glacier was picturesque. What I will recommend that you do is... More

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Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We were there 21 August 2014. Certainly worth taking the Adventurer right onto the Icefield. Not only do you get an informative narration from the driver but being on the ice gives you an awesome experience.

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Calgary, Canada
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83 reviews 83 reviews
51 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We have been to the Columbia Icefields many times, first in the early 1980s when the ice was much closer to the road. The ice field has retreated a long way and is in danger of disappearing some day, so I urge you all to go before it melts. We took the bus ride this time. It was a wonderful... More

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Blackwood, New Jersey
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47 reviews 47 reviews
16 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I LOVED this place. It's directly across from Icefields Centre--which I would avoid at all costs. Do not pay the overblown price to tour the Glacier with a tour group--at least not if you don't mind walking uphill a bit. I imagine you don't mind walking uphill a bit if you are visiting the Canadian Rockies. We parked on the... More

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