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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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Ontario, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Toured the Athabasca Glacier first, taking the wide track vehicle to the upper reaches. Excellent guide and the experience was definitely worth it. Yes it is crowded but anything worthwhile always will be. After the glacier we boarded a shuttle bus to take us 10 minutes up the highway to the new Glacier Skywalk. This is patterned after the one... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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45 reviews 45 reviews
24 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We did a separate tour. However, there is a lodge that provides food and toilets (however when we stopped all the toilets were backed-up/broken). You can explore the base of the glacier for free. The buses cost money and trek 1000s up people up a day. I did not look very impressive. We opted for a more natural hike with... More

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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

The organisation is awfull. The way its overorganized made me feel as a milkcow. As cattle in a cradle you're lead to the busses. The organisation also laks flexibility. They give you too litte info at the desk. Do i was obliged to buy seperate tickets for the glacier walk and for the skywalk. Ik voel mij opgelicht. Screwed. The... More

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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Upon clambering the snocoach, and putting along at 5mph, finally arrived at the glacier. Very cool. Great walking on a living piece of nature. Worrying how much it's receding. If on the West Coast, must do! While it's still there!

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We have seen the glacier in 1998, 2008 and this year and each time it has decreased in size phenomenally which is a real shame. It is a definite go to attraction even now though especially if you have the children along.

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Nothing can quite prepare you for the feeling when you step into the ice, the strange, eerie feeling of knowing you are standing on ice that fell as snow thousands of years ago. The drive up is what you would call 'different.' First half in a bog standard tour coach only to be met by the Icefield Explorer. This takes... More

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Wadsworth
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

The website for this attraction says it is an "80 min journey" and when you factor in wait time for the bus, the drive to and from the spot where you board the Ice Explorer, the short ride to the glacier and the 20 min. on the glacier I guess it roughly comes out to that amount of time. They... More

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Bodmin, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
17 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I loved my trip to the Athabasca Glacier and thought that the whole thing was very well organised. Our small group got tickets from the Icefield Centre (busy) and then was taken a short distance by shuttle bus where we were transferred to monster ice trucks which took us out onto the glacier where we were able to get off... More

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New Haven, Connecticut
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The Icefield Highway in Jasper Nat'l Park is without doubt the most beautiful road I have ever travelled. That includes the American Rockies and the European Alps. Nowhere else can you see so many glaciers and icefields (and yes there is a big difference between the two.) An icefield is like the chocolate sauce you put on top of ice... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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203 reviews 203 reviews
118 attraction reviews
182 helpful votes 182 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

This was the highlight of our Canadian Rockies Tours. It was a sunny day, so walking on top the glacier was not as cold as I had anticipated. Yes, only 20 minutes there, but it is worth it. We took in the scenery and experience, drank the glacier water flowing down. Overall, an unforgettable experience for us who live in... More

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