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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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Calgary
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46 reviews 46 reviews
14 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

This is an amazing thing to do if you are travelling on Highway 93 to or from Jasper area. You first travel on a bus before boarding a special snow coach which takes you onto the actual glacier. Commentary is given during the journey, which explains the glacier's history (it is sadly retreating) and the various features.

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Niagara On The Lake
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

We visited the Ice fields when we were kids, and we have been returning about every 10,15 years. We were simply amazed at the changes to the Ice Field and to the surrounding area. You can walk or drive down to the valley floor (free) and then hike up and then down close to the Ice field (free) The hike... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

This is one of the top 5 drives I've taken. We were lucky on traffic as it was a Friday in October. We had beautiful sunny weather through some of the most spectacular mountains. The road is very mild with gentle climbs as it follows a river up a glacial valley, then over the otherside. Take your time and stop... More

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Wigan, UK
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30 reviews 30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

A great experience - go there before all the glaciers melt away. Great guides, interesting forms of transport and a restaurant that resembles a school meals service.

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Merseyside
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20 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Another stop on our journey from Jasper to Banff and well worth making the effort to walk from the parking area to the foot of the impressive icefield. It is quite a severe uphill climb and takes your breath away at times during the twenty minutes walk. If you are reasonably fit then this spectacular sight should be included in... More

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Sydney, Australia
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12 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Wow, this is a must see destination, Between the Skywalk and Glacier walk it is hard to choose which is best. The glacier inn is very commercial but expected considering what's on offer, Great value for the price. Something everyone should do if in the area.

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Marco Island, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

This adventure was breath taking in every way possible. We were actually walking on the Glacier and it was bitter cold and very windy. You get there on a huge snow built vehicle for this excursion. The tires are almost 5 feet 10 inches high. This was thee best adventure tour we have ever taken. The day we were there... More

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Dublin
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

There are good guides on the special bus (Brewster Ice explorer) that takes you to the middle of the glacier. The 90 minute trip costs approx. $50ea and was worth doing. The ice mass is one of the largest south of the artic. The glaciers are receding every year. 70% of the world’s water comes from glaciers. The streams from... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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7 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Not a super cheap outing but interesting and the snow machines that crawl on the ice area pretty cool. Good narrator.

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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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79 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

I think the thousands of people do this experience every week. So, this is not a private experience. You do, however, get to walk for a few minutes on an actual glacier. Also it's not cheap. I think we paid 40-50$ per adult. The big ice buses they use to take people up to the glacier are interesting. The wheels... More

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