The hike to the toe of the glacier was long, uphill, stone-covered, tiring and worth it! Take a coat, hat and gloves - you'll need them. You get withing 25' of the glacier itself, not on it, but close. We had planned to visit Mount Edith Cavell and get closer to a glacier, but it was closed due to a glacier slide in August 2012. This was as close as we got. There are signs indicating where the glacier ended in 1948, 1982, 2000 and others. Another sign indicated that the glacier woudl be gone in 100 years. You reach the head of the hiking trail from what is known as the lower parking lot. It is across the highway from the Icefield Centre. A not-to-be-missed experience.
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