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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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make sure you stop and dont drive by

amazing views with great pictures its a touch expensive to get the bus up to the glacier but its worth it. the ice and amazing temperature drops as breath taking and the taste of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 11, 2015
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Basildon, United Kingdom
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Basildon, United Kingdom
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81 reviews 81 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

amazing views with great pictures its a touch expensive to get the bus up to the glacier but its worth it. the ice and amazing temperature drops as breath taking and the taste of the fresh water is unique. The views from the glacier are great up to its source and the side glaciers, back to the road and the... More 

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Maple Valley, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

We traveled up the Icefield Parkway with this as our lunch destination in mind. We were in a Class C RV, and there was plenty of extra RV parking available just a little further to the north of the regular car lot. While it was slightly expensive as a family of four (2 adults 2 boys 11 and 13), and... More 

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Liverpool
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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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