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Columbia Ice Field

Columbia Ice Field Highway | Highway 1, Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Ranked #3 of 18 Attractions in Jasper
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Scenic Drives, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Terre Haute,IN
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46 reviews 46 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

A must do once, if visiting the Canadian Rockies. Very busy so morning best time to go. Ride a bus out to the glacier and then transfer to large ice mobile. A large glacier left from the ice age, but is naturally declining in size. Very cool and need a jacket for sure.

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

If you do not get to the Mendenhall Glacier this will be the next best. Take a ride on their explorer to the glacier. Walk on the ice and maybe take a drink of pure water, also learn about the erosion of our glaciers.

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Spruce Grove, Canada
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We did the free thing at this attraction - hiked up to the glacier ourselves. However, because we did not pay for the tour we did not get to trek on the actual glacier - but we were very close and had our breath taken away by it. Like all things in the Rockies, it is big, beautiful and gorgeous.... More

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Rochester, NY
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120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

$50 is a lot but this is such a unique experience I figured it was worth it for the 80 minute drive out onto the glacier. The Ice bus itself was fun esp. going down a 30% grade. Get here early - we were the only group on the glacier. Later in the day there could be six or more... More

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Lancas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We bought a ticket package for Banff Gondola, the ice field and the skywalk. I highly recommend all three attractions. If you book ahead you need to be allocated a time to go on the ice field so we got our time and went to the skywalk first - by shuttle bus. We then returned for the shuttle bus to... More

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bronx
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We walked up the glacier, in full winter gear and crampons, in the middle of the summer. It was cold, but also very cool. The guide was informative. The glacier itself was surreally beautiful, a plant-free sloping field of mini-ice-dunes riven with snow-melt streamlets, set between rocky bluffs and in the shadow of the looming glacier above. The sad part... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

I drove up to the Columbua Icefields to check out the Glacier Skywalk. As always, the drive is amazing but arriving at the Icefields, the parking lot was packed mid-afternoon and lines running all over. There seemed to be lack of direction on where things in the building are located and ticket agents allowed people to but in line. There... More

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Pennsylvania
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The walk up to the glacier is steep and rough, so know that before you walk up! It's very busy what with tons of people walking up the hill and onto the glacier. Just a head's up, YOU CAN'T WALK ON THE GLACIER unless you go on the tour bus. There are signs everywhere warning people to stay on the... More

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London, Canada
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The highlight of our tour through the Rockies. A great experience, wonderful drivers and staff. Driver Mike was interesting and easy to relate to. Seems safe, but at the same time exciting and like you are on a grand adventure.

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Sydney
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We stopped here on the way from Jasper to Banff. We did the Icefield Explorer and the Skywalk. Even though we were here at 10am, It was so busy that it took us a while to get tickets. When we finished, we wanted to have a bite to eat and coffee. The queue was so long that we just gave... More

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