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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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Edinburgh
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47 reviews 47 reviews
15 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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Edinburgh
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64 reviews 64 reviews
17 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We stopped here on our way from Banff to Jasper, which allowed us to spend about the right amount of time here and still have the evening in Jasper. The visitor centre is large and busy, but the buses that take you out to the glacier are reasonably well-organised. Departures are frequent, and it takes about five minutes to reach... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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82 reviews 82 reviews
46 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This is an interesting stop if you are travelling from Jasper to Lake Louise / Banff. The glacier buggies are comfortable and the guides are knowledgeable although our guide only ever pointed out things on the left side of the vehicle. Once at the glacier the temperatures are much lower than at the visitor's center so be sure to dress... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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169 reviews 169 reviews
59 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Visited Athabasca Glacier with friends on our way from Banff to Jasper. One in a lifetime opportunity to ride in glacier vehicle. Breath taking views all around. We booked our tickets in advance so we skip ques. This place is very busy in season but well worth to visit. Our tour guide/driver had a great knowledge about the glacier. There... More

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London, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
12 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

The unique IceBus tours onto the Glacier but get there early, even 'off season' it gets incredibly busy. Slowly Brewsters seem to be over-selling and over-using this uniquely accessible glacial location

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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61 reviews 61 reviews
29 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Travelling down the parkway and stopping off to visit the glacier in the middle of a spectacular mountain range - what's not to love. Stepping onto the glacier was monumental and I will never forget its energy and force - truly magnificent.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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50 reviews 50 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

If you get time on your trip between Jasper and Banff stop off at this amazing attraction, just knowing that you have walked on a glacier takes some believing

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Sydney, Australia
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240 reviews 240 reviews
41 attraction reviews
223 helpful votes 223 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Whilst it is highly commercialized, it's possibly the only chance you will ever get to walk on a glacier ... so why come this far just for some photos?. It's not cheap, but it's a unique experience to travel in the huge over snow/ice vehicles, and then to get out and walk around on the glacier. We also found the... More

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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153 reviews 153 reviews
65 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Walking on a glacier seemed like something that I would find impossible before now. I honestly didn't think it was possible for the public to do this. However this is a magnificent adventure and experience. You go on the massive wheeled vehicles that drive you onto the glacier. Once you are on the glacier the guy gives you a tour... More

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Deal, United Kingdom
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61 reviews 61 reviews
34 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

What else can you say ... A huge lump of quite dirty ice on the side of a mountain. Sort of covers it

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