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“Walking on a glacier” 5 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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$168*
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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.
Thousand Oaks, California
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“Walking on a glacier”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

Athabasca Glacier Icewalks. A memorable experience with a great, well-informed guide. They provide you walking shoes or crampons (if you have good shoes), waterproof clothing, gloves, and more. It was slow walking up the gentle incline of the glacier. You need the expert guide to avoid crevasses, hack steps when needed, and be safe. A great, outdoor experience, not to be missed.

Visited September 2012
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Vernon, Canada
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“It gets a little smaller every year”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

We visit this every so often and have been coming here since the 70's. We like to stay at Wilcox creek Campground.
It is interesting to see how far this glacier has receeded in my lifetime alone. The toe used to touch the moraine back when I first came here, then I remember hiking up the moraine to get to the toe in the 2005 and reaching the sign that said 1994 - the previous time that I had been there. There was still a long way to go.
This is pretty cool, you can walk to the toe and sometimes, Parks Canada has a roped off area where you can walk out onto the glacier. You can also take guided tours or go out on a Snow Coach to get on the ice.
This is always a good stop, and take some warm clothing with you, it is cold out on the glacier.

Visited August 2012
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Madrid, Spain
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“Climatic change is here!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

In this amazing and beautiful glacier we could see how the pass of the years are finishing with this glacier., We were walking until be beside of him and only 20 years ago the glacier was coming 100 metres down the hill. It was one of my favourite places in this area

Visited October 2012
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Loughborough, United Kingdom
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“Excellent ,Awesome sight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

We drove all day towards the glacier from lake Louise. The sights along the Icefields Parkway were constantly awesome, a neverending vista of peaks and glaciers. Around every corner was another photostop and although the weather deteriorated as the day wore on[our only day of rain in the whole month] we managed to come out of the rain and the skys began to clear as we got to Peto Lake, [do stop here-the colour of the lake is amazing] and then Athabasca glacier. What an awesome visit that was-a must do. We took the ice bus onto the glacier down an 18*slope-so exciting to see a glacier at such close quaters and actually be able to walk on it. Wear good non slip shoes or take a walking stick like i did!! and your camera-I guarentee you will be awed into silence.We paid less by prebooking at Banff Gondola for 3 attractions,[Lake Minnewanka,Banff Gondola and Glacier bus] but i believe you can do the same from the glacier visitor centre if you are doing the Parkway in reverse to Banff. It does save quite a bit as the tickets are not cheap-$57approx for glacier.Food is good at the visitor centre and not that expensive.We did the glacier tour first then did the walk from the bottom of the glacier car park later. Park first in the visitor centre carpark to dothe tour, then you can drive over to the other carpark, otherwise it is a lot of walking.

Visited September 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Its something you must tick off on your trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

I'm so happy I had the opportunity to get this done. We took the bus onto the glacier and it was amazing. We had a small amount of snow cover and had a mini snow fight :) also it was recommended we fill up a water bottle with fresh glacial water and it tasted like so very refreshing and the fact that you're standing on a glacier is a truly memorable experience.

Visited August 2012
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