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Colombia Icefields snocoach

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Colombia Icefields snocoach

We are wondering if it is worth doing the snocoach trip on to the glacier when we visit Canada next year. I understand you cannot book in advance and that it gets very busy. We will be visiting at the beginning of June next year and understand you have to get there early in the day or there are long waits. Is it worth an early start from Jasper or not.

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1. Re: Colombia Icefields snocoach

Yes it is worth it, crowds meaning you might wait 30 min or so as they are very effcient at moving people thur and no where else can you expericne being on top of 1000 ft of ice that is millions of yrs old, The history and explanation is fascinaitng!

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2. Re: Colombia Icefields snocoach

Thanks, we will definitely put this on our list of things to do.

Sugar Land, Tx
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Also take a small cup for each person in your group, so you can get a good drink of the purest water anywhere. They tell you to scoop your hand into the melting glacial stream to get a taste, but it isn't enough! I have been there twice and will definetly go again when I get up there again.

Be sure and take a jacket, as it is cold up on the glacier.

Happy traveling,


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4. Re: Colombia Icefields snocoach

Thanks Cruiser for your tips.

Chicago Il
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We spent 10 days in Banff and whent to the ice fields and would go there again,bring an empty water bottel as youll drink the fresest 150 year old water!

Jasper, AB
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The Columbia Icefiled is located approx. 100 km from Jasper, travelling the highway 93, 1 hour drive without stopping (Athatbasca and Sunwapta Falls are other attractions to be seen on the way.) If you wish to avoid the large crouds, plan to be there early. The tours begin at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. April to Sept. Each tour lasts about 90 minutes and cost $29.95 per person (tax incl., rate 2004 season.) Beginning of June is not the peak season, so you should be okay. There are many stops along the way, so definetely, plan an early start from Jasper. You can always visit the info centre in Jasper town. Enjoy your vacation in Jasper!

Jasper, AB
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Another option to get a different view of the Athabasca Glacier is an Icewalk. Throughout the summer, they leave daily but you will need to contact them directly for times. This is a unique way to get an up-close look at the crevasses, ice caves and icefalls that make up the glacier.

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8. Re: Colombia Icefields snocoach

This is one attraction you will not want to miss.

My wife and I wrote about this area and in particular about Num-Ti-Jah Inn, where you may want to stop for the night either before or after visiting the icefields.


Gloucester, United...
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9. Re: Colombia Icefields snocoach

We have done the snocoach twice and it is definitely worth doing. We were there in September and had no trouble getting on despite not arriving until late morning. There is a lot to see and do on the road from Jasper to Banff so although it is only about a 4 hour drive expect a long day to allow for all the stops.

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For those in on a small budget, visit the Icefield Centre and look through the Interpretive centre there and then you can drive on a short 2 km tarred road to the icefields yourself and walk onto the icefield for free.

We just came back from a weekend in Jasper and again stopped at the Atabasha Glacier. A good idea is to dress warm for the walk and make sure you have shoes on with some grip as its slippery coming down the glacier.

A great idea is to walk from the parking area towards your right to the melted lake area and then to follow the melted water towards the glacier on foot over some rocks. Its spectacular to walk here towards the glacier. On the side of the glacier you can see a little river flowing under the glacier and water melting all the time from the glacier. Once near the glacier stay in the designated area that is marked off as its very dangerous, you might fall into a crevasse. Then walk down the mountain via the footpath which shows where the glacier was eg in 1992. That way your glacier walk is free and you can do it on your own time. Its a cirlce route and way more interesting than just to stay on the walkway that most tourists walk. Allow 30 mins at the Centre and an hour to walk on the Glacier itself.

A great experience !