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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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A must see attraction if you visit Jasper National Park

The line up was long and chaotic but once you got the tickets and on the shuttle bus, sit back, relax and enjoy the ride up to the glacier. The shuttle bus took us to the depot... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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Toronto, Canada

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

The line up was long and chaotic but once you got the tickets and on the shuttle bus, sit back, relax and enjoy the ride up to the glacier. The shuttle bus took us to the depot where we boarded the Ice Explorer. It made its steep and slow accent up the glacier where you can see the crevasses and... More 

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New Delhi, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Athabasca Glacier on the Columbia Icefield is a must see attraction and a ride on the monstrous Ice Explorer is a must do. We visited the glacier and the icefields in July, last and were lucky to a have clear sunny day. The ride on the Ice Explorer is worth it and the commentary by the driver, interesting and informative.... More 

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BarrheadCanuck
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We got our tickets online and changed them to another day, mass confusion when we got on the first bus. We had 5 kids with us, 2 had to sit on our knees Second bus that goes onto the glacier was great, driver knowledgable, but kids on knees again. We only had TEN minutes on the glacier, TEN minutes after... More 

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Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

You get to go out on the glacier ice in a specially designed ice explorer-it gets passengers there safely and also takes care of the glacier. Once there you can get really close for pictures of two glaciers and find out all about the last ice age and how global warming is accelerating the rate at which the glaciers are... More 

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Portland, OR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Perhaps the best way to study and enjoy this glacier is to park across the street from the Icefields center, and hike along the path to the glacier. There are many informative signs along the way, and other tourists who prefer this no-cost way to marvel at this natural phenomenon.

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Come as early possible. I have to wait 3 hours since I came here at 13.00 in July. First you will line up to buy the ticket. Then wait for bus ride to the terminal (here I wait 3 hours for the bus) , from there you will ride a big giant 6 wheel down into the glacier. At the... More 

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Hartlepool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Visited the glacier as part of a day tour with Discover Banff Tours, and it was a brilliant experience. Buses organised by the Columbia Icefield Centre's staff take you to an area near the glacier, where you are transferred to the special buses, which then take you onto the glacier itself. The buses tyres are huge!! (About 5 feet tall... More 

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Mount Pleasant, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This is a fun activity. Don't miss it. The Snowcoach (which is worth $1.3 million - and each of its six tires costs $5000/each) takes groups of tourists up rugged terrain to the glacier, where you can spend time exploring the glacier and sampling its fresh water. Bring something along to collect the water. In case you forget they sell... More 

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Otley West Yorkshire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015 via mobile

We arrived and the place seemed a bit chaotic. We weren't impressed with the price so hiked the 15 minutes upto the ice. It was freezing rain by the time we got there so didn't venture on to the ice. Was good to see the glacier and how it had shrunk over the years.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Dress warmly for you travel up to the glacier and walk out on it for 20 minutes or so. It was exciting to experience this and slippery shoes help navigate the snow. The vehicle that took us from the hotel was used in Antarctica. Amazing trip. You can make these reservations at the hotel when you stay overnight.

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

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