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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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Colchester, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

I visited the Athabasca Glacier in 1998......there was fewer buses and lots of wildlife....where has all the wildlife gone? It seems that now there are just hoards and hoards of tourists bused up and out like a factory that all the wildlife has gone.....no mountain goats, bighorn sheep etc. It was actually really depressing to see the effect of tourism.... More

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London, ON
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93 reviews 93 reviews
36 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

My girlfriend who lived in Penhold when she was a child, said this was something I had to do so honestly prior to that had no knowledge of this. This is not a cheap excursion, but given it's supply it is worth while, and there is a lot of lead-up to the actual event. The whole thing takes about an... More

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London
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18 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 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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159 reviews 159 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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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 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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