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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 19 attractions in Jasper
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Scenic Drives, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Grand Forks, BC
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

If this attraction had not been part of the bus tour we were taking from Banff to Jasper I'm certain we would not have included this attraction. Who knew standing around on a hunk of ice could be so much fun. My husband loved riding on and inspecting the unique machines that could transport and navigate crazy inclines to get... More

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California
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72 reviews 72 reviews
28 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I thought the only way you could touch the glacier was paying for the bus. We were thinking of doing this, but short on time, and the visitor center looked like a zoo. When I realized you can park across the street for free and walk up to them in about 45 minutes, for me this was a better option.... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Learn all about the ice fields in the magnificent ice filed centre and then take a chilly hike to the edge of the icefield. Would love to take the motor coach one day but usually have the family dog with us.

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South Florida, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed going here and walking on a glacier. We got to drink glacial water as well and it was a really neat experience. BUT you are only on the glaciar for about 15 minutes and it felt very rushed. I think it is a bit pricey for the amount of time you get.

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Calgary
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Have been on the Icefield Parkway many times but never walked on the glacier, wish we had done it before, what an amazing experience!

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Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

The line was long for this tour but great experience and well organized. Don't forget to bring a water bottle to fill with glacier water!

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Tyler, Texas
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62 reviews 62 reviews
18 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We walked on a glacier, drank pure glacier water and were in awe of the beauty around us. The Ice Explorer at the Icefield Center was very much a great part of our trip!!

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omaha, ne
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Another must see. But get there EARLY. The hordes show up around noon and the long gets long. Get there at 10 or 11 and you'll get a ticket and grab the next bus. Pretty fascinating ride just in the bus and the actual icefield is well worth it. Best value is the icefield bus tour/transparent platform combo. Do the... More

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Don't dread the cold, it was freezing cold where we parked at the ticket counter, but once inside it was comfortable. Very well planned. Buses leave at the specific time intervals and on the Glacier it was not windy so was just marvelous. It was snowing lightly so we had a wonderful experience. Back to the Information center onto another... More

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This is a sad but also a majestic sight. The glaciers are disappearing at such a rate that our children's children may not see them at all? it is a bit disturbing seeing passenger coaches driving over the glacier itself. Aren't we doing enough damage to our environment without this?

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