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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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The snow never melts on this glacier, a major tourist attraction.

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Amazing Glacier, but Better go Solo

This place is really beautiful, unfortunately this means that there is a lot of touriss an touris infrastructure which detracts from the natural beauty of it all and it's... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Darwin, Australia

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Darwin, Australia
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is really beautiful, unfortunately this means that there is a lot of touriss an touris infrastructure which detracts from the natural beauty of it all and it's something of a piccadilly circus of tourist busses. I would reccommend this to those who are brave enough to go it alone, with your own gear or hire some...although this may... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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225 reviews
91 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

I loved the whole Canadian Rockies region! Absolutely stunning views and it was great in summer. Standing on the glacier was amazing. Definitely worth visiting.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Beautiful experience and to be able to stand on the glacier is just wow. It was really windy up there, be sure to dress appropriately.

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Bozeman, Montana, United States
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

The third visit to this glacier, once in the summer of 1968, once in the summer of 2005. In between those dates the glacier has receded about a kilometer. This trip we saw it in the winter and it was not possible to see the foot of the glacier clearly. Summer offers more insights to the changing ecosystem, but it... More 

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Thank Nancy C
Anchorage, Alaska
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120 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

Don't just look at the glacier, walk on it! Dress warm and have proper footwear. Don't be the fool out there with shorts, or the gal with high heels. The ride out to the glacier can be scary, with one very steep hill to cross over. The driver makes jokes about it.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

On the one hand it's just snow and ice but stepping onto a glacier seems much more of an experience. It was a reasonably clear day when my wife and I took the trip via the Ice Explorer and it was worth every penny.

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Mississauga, Canada
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156 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

Due to the rain we could not have a really close look at the glacier and had to watch it only from across the Ice Fields Highway, however, I felt lucky to be there and see its remains, while they are still there. Apparently, the glacier continues to melt slowly and most likely, in twenty years from now there may... More 

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Thank Vladimiramirela
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

I've stopped here during travels a number of times, July 2015, July 2010, and August 1996. During approach on foot, one can easily view both the glacier/ice fields and the signposts marking the retreat of ice over the last century or so. Time being an unstoppable force, obviously changes much over a number of decades, but this attraction has lost... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015 via mobile

We chose to park near the glacier and walk up towards it rather than going on one of the guided tours where you actually walk on the glacier. It was a nice walk up towards it and the view was spectacular, particularly as the clouds cleared. If we'd had lots of time we probably would have done the guided tour.... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015 via mobile

We did the 1st tour of the day and there were just 15 of us on the bus and the glacier. The Columbia Discovery Center is about 1.5hr away from Downtown Jasper and 2hrs away from downtown Banff.

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