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Columbia Ice Field

Address: Columbia Ice Field Highway | Highway 1, Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier...
87%
Ranked #6 of 36 Activities in Jasper
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Scenic Drives, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Scenic Drives, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

I'd avoid the 'bus tour' and look up some of the day long guided hikes despite the fact I haven't done those yet (on the list for 2015). It is a beautiful place to stop in on your drive through the Alberta Rocky Mountains, but don't plan your trip just around this unless you're on a full day hike.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

This is a perfect spot to stop and think about ice ages and what glaciers can do to a landscape. The Athabasca Glacier drops down from the Columbia ice field that sits on the mountains tops and the road comes quite close. The glacier tongue has been retreating for decades so the landscape that was covered only 1-4 generations ago... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

we had a Japanese tour guide on out ice fields bus. He was hilarious and had the entire passenger list eating out of his hand. Very knowledgeable and friendly. The glacier itself is breathtaking and pristine.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Up close and personal, surrounded by glaciers you can touch and walk on. A fun ride on huge machines, driven by good looking young men. Well worth the visit. If we'd known how good this would be we wouldn't have bothered doing other trips to glaciers.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

we decided to do the walk "over a glacier" -- were bussed off back up the highway - to walk over a piece of rock. you get a much better view of the glacier from either the restaurant or the car park - for free. Don't do it

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

We arrived at the Columbia Icefields via a coach trip. First stop was the Visitors Centre, Cafe and Shop whilst we waited for our trip to start. It is a 90 minute excursion in a snowcoach, I cannot tell you how fantastic this is the sheer size of everything and when you disembark and stand on the icefield it is... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

drove the ice field parkway in Fall - magnificent. Not to much snow or ice. need 4 wheel drive with snow tires for safety.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Really interesting, well trained drivers very entertaining. Don't miss it but don't eat at restaurant it's no great and quite pricey but there's no where else

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Bristol, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Scenery beautiful in Winter. Saw many animals including a lynx. Roads are not the best so drive slow, be cautious.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

You can visit this in a specaially adapted bus, but you see and learn far more by walking on the glacier. You have special grips to put on your shoes, and you are perfectly safe if you stay with your guide. The glacier is constantly if imperceptably changing all the time. You only get to see a small part of... More 

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