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“walk on an iceberg” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Athabasca Glacier

Athabasca Glacier
127 km (79 mi) north of Lake Louise | 103 km (64 mi) south of Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
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$170*
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Rocky Mountains Tour: Calgary to Jasper
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Hiking, Walking, Group tours/bus tour
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Owner description: The snow never melts on this glacier, a major tourist attraction.
batavia ny
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“walk on an iceberg”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2012

We traveled with Cosmos Tours from Calgary to Vancouver and this was one of our stops. You get on a bus with special tires to ride up on top of the glacier. There was a guide on the bus who gave information about the glacier. When you get off the bus, they give you a paper drinking cup because there is a spot where pure water comes out of the glacier that is cool and drinkable. The area you are permitted to walk on is clearly marked out. We had plenty of time to walk around and see the iceberg.

Visited October 2011
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“Fantastic and a must do if you are in the rockies”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2012

This is a must do if you are in the rockies. The whole attraction is very well run with buses running all the time. The tour guides are very informative and fun. Standing on the glacier was a real highlight. Highly recommended.

Visited September 2011
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Santa Cruz, California
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“Columbia Icefields a must!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2012

Get up close and personal with a glacier!! Walk on it, drink the glacier ice melt. Takes time and money but well worth it.

Visited June 2011
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Kernersville, N.c.
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“It was well worth your money”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2011

We went on the glacier parkway and visited the glacier. It was so pretty. The guide was very informative and he made the trip interested. The food in the food center was very expensive. It is well worth your money to go on the glacier. Take a water bottle and get you some water. The water is so delicious.

Visited August 2011
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“A must do excursion”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2011

Even if you only stop at the visitor center for a break and get some photos of the glacier this is a must do for anyone driving the ice fields parkway.

If you have the time take a snow coach tour up onto the glacier itself and remember to take an empty bottle so that you can collect some glacial melt water to drink on your journey.

Visited October 2011
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