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Columbia Ice Field

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Address: Columbia Ice Field Highway | Highway 1, Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff

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Crazy road in the winter

Have driven the icefields parkway quite a few times, both in summer and winter. If you ever get the pleasure of driving this deserted stretch of highway in the winter, you'll... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
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Calgary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Have driven the icefields parkway quite a few times, both in summer and winter. If you ever get the pleasure of driving this deserted stretch of highway in the winter, you'll realize why it's called the "icefields parkway". Road is pretty much a skating rink between nov-march. On one particular snowy winter drive through the night from Jasper to Lake... More 

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We made a planned stop here whilst driving from Banff to Jasper, After buying the Ultimate explorer ticket from Brewsters in Banff, which gave us access to this and 3 other attractions, including the Glacier Skywalk. This ticket is more cost effective than paying for each attraction separately. It is recommended you queue up as soon as you arrive at... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Its a natural beauty.. The fact that its a glacier and receding makes it a place to visit. What brewster charges for it for what it provides doesn't make any sense. Its not like they maintain the glacier.. its just a 1/2 km bus ride to the glacier with a guide cum driver that they provide you could park near... More 

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Southold, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We rode the ice explorer vehicle with the five foot high tires onto the glacier. It was a great experience. Our guide was fun and knowledgeable. We really enjoyed getting out and walking on the glacier. It is amazing that the glacier loses ten feet of depth and fifteen feet of length yearly. We were glad to be able to... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Fascinating to see the moraine deposits and drive all the way to the edge of the glacier. To see this you need to take the Ice Explorer Tour buses. An absolute must

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Wilmington NC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

The Visitors Center was under renovation, so there was very little available there. An exhibit/museum section will open 2015. We skipped the expensive snow vehicle ride onto the glacier in favor of our B&B host suggestion start at the visitor center and see the first sign of where the glacier ended 170 years ago, then drive the small road (across... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

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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