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“Interesting tour not freezing but wear durable shoes.” 4 of 5 stars
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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 18 Attractions in Jasper
Type: Scenic Drives, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Interesting tour not freezing but wear durable shoes.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

It was worth it to actually step out on a glacier and experience one up close. The ride consists of two bus rides, one short one from the center to the base of the glacier and the main event in the huge Glacier Bus. The drivers are all practicing stand up comics but they are extremely informative at the same time. The actual part you explore is very groomed daily so it's very slushy so flip flops are not a good idea. The tour make you pause and think about our environment.

Visited July 2014
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“It's melting fast...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We are so lucky!, with the global warming we are helping to generate, we are very fortunate to see what the bottom of a glacier looks like. Columbia ice field is going fast. I’ve been there 6 years ago and last weekend. The melting rate is scary.

Visited July 2014
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Farmington, Utah
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“No need to take the bus to enjoy the ice fields.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

In contrast to most of the lush green hikes in Jasper, the hike to the bottom of the ice fields feels like walking on another planet. The gravel that has been left by the receding glacier has almost no vegetation growing on it. Creative visitors have taken the opportunity to compensate for this lack of landscape by creating hundreds of rock cairns in every possible configuration. This creates a unique photo opportunity. Take the time to build cairn of your own. The hike is easy and will take 30 minutes to an hour.

Visited July 2014
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Parkes, Australia
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“Amazing. Whats another word for Amazing???”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

If you drive through this place and dont go out on to the Ice Field, you are an absolute idiot. It is a highlight of the trip. We loved it.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Over priced”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

You drive on to the ice field in a large bus specially designed for ice/snow travel.You have approx.15 min.walking around. Yes you are physically on the ice field, however at $50+tax US p.p. you have to consider value for money as you may see LOTS of glaciers in your travels.

Visited June 2014
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