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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
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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Haddon Heights, New Jersey
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42 reviews 42 reviews
14 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

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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Torbay, UK
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Recently enjoyed a great half day out on this monstrous sheet of ice, over 300m deep and larger in area than the greater Vancouver city area! What a great feeling standing on such a massive natural ice formation but such a pity that climate change is causing it to recede so fast now. Go see it while you still can!... More

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

What an incredible and amazing attraction. never thought that we would ever go walking on this huge 1000 foot thick glacier.We went up to the glacier firstly by bus and then a unimog. If your ever in this area it is a must place to visit.

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Bulverde, Texas
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190 attraction reviews
816 helpful votes 816 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

As part of our Uncommon Journeys Train Adventure across Canada, we disembarked the train after four days in Jasper, Alberta, Canada for marvelous ride through the Colombia Icefield. Our destination was the Athabasca Glacier in the midst of the Columbia Icefield. What a marvelous ride it was..The Athabasca Glacier is one of the six principal ‘toes’ of the Columbia Icefield,... More

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Atlanta, GA
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56 reviews 56 reviews
37 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Great view of this large ghlacier from the Icefields Center. but there was very little information on the glacier or the Columbia Icefields behind it at the.Center

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Witney, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

This was the best attraction of our visit to the Rockies. The glacier is close to the main road. I would recommend visiting it on foot if you are able to do so. You wear spiked covers on your shoes, and it is safe to walk on. It is an amazing experience. The walking tour lasts about 100 minutes. You... More

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Vancouver, Washington
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37 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

We took the bus trip up there and it was probably one of the high points for my children (ages 2 and 7). They loved the big bus and the fact they were on a glacier. We played in the snow and took some pictures. The whole thing was completed in under 2 hours. You get 20 mins on the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

I took the explorer bus up the glacier. Everything about it was spectacular, we even had a singing bus driver. The only thing I didn't like was the very short period of time we had on the glacier -- about 15 mins. There were so many buses up there that we were supposed to listen for a special honk, and... More

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Winnipeg, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Me and my wife did the bus up to the glacier. Interesting information provided by the bus drivers. Stay at the glacier fro approx 20 minutes to look around and take photos. Like many of the attractions in the National Parks in the mountains, it was teaming with tourists. You wonder how interested some are when they show up in... More

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Sarnia, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Lovely walk.. You get a real sense of how quickly our glaciers are receding by the markers that indicate their position according to the year. So sad.

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