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Massive glacier surrounded by forest: a popular scenic spot among tourists.
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Improvement District No. 9, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Reviewed October 28, 2018

Best seen from the viewpoint about 10 miles north of Hector Lake. The glacier runs along the ledge at the top of Crowfoot Mountain. It has three prongs ("claws") that go down the side of the mountain. Cool view.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 21, 2018

This is easily seen from the side of the road while travelling towards Jasper, just after Bow Lake. Just pull over and stop the car and marvel at this glacier. Quite amazing!

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed October 8, 2018

We were able to stop the car and have a look at the glacier. Great to see it with some mixed cloud coming and going. we did not go on a tour or a hike, but viewed this spectacular sight from the roadside.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Polychrest
Reviewed September 14, 2018 via mobile

This was a very easy to see glacier on the Icefields Parkway. No long walk required. Worth the stop.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 10, 2018

Conveniently situated between Lake Louise and Bow Lake, Crowfoot Glacier is something you should not miss even if you wanted to since it can be seen from far away and all you need to do is pull over right next to it and enjoy the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Jan M
Reviewed September 9, 2018 via mobile

On a sunny day of early September, we stopped on a lookout from Icefields Parkway to view its majesty. Its a treat for anybody who never had the chance to climb a mountain and see a glacier. Not very far from Banff and Lake Louise,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 12, 2018

Crowfoot Glacier is 20-miles NW of Lake Louise and is visible from the Icefields Parkway, which is where this photo was taken. This avoided the purchase of the Banff Park Pass. It lays on the flank of Crowfoot Mountain and it's run-off supplies the Bow...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed July 17, 2018 via mobile

Wonderful photo opportunity by the roadside but if you have the time take the Helen Lake trail immediately opposite this parking area to view this glacier from above, you won’t be disappointed

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 9, 2018 via mobile

This is visible from the highway between Banff and Jasper, just south of beautiful Bow Lake. It’s worth a quick stop. It’s not the huge glaciers you see north of here, but striking nonetheless.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank niteowljune
Reviewed June 25, 2018

Travelling the Icefields Parkway in Alberta's Banff National Park you can either do a quick pull over on the side of the highway or buy the Banff Park Pass and take longer to view Crowfoot Glacier. The glacier rises above the horizon with such detail...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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liba88
Wigan, United Kingdom
Vancouver - Calgary via Okanagon and the Rockies. (1 Replies)
Hi everyone, I received quite a bit of info off this forum for our recent trip to Canada, so thought it would be nice to write a quick report for others who may be doing the same trip. 30/5-2/6 Spent in Vancouver. Wont go into too much detail here other than its a great city, and there really is something for everyone. Took in Stanley Park, Granville Island, False creek cruise, Gastown, Chinatown (and Chinese Gardens), rogers arena/bc place. Loved the City. Only thing that lets it down is...More
June 15, 2015|
Response fromKottbullar|
Definitely not ramblings! I'm hiking this weekend with a couple who wants to do more than that in 2 weeks, but appears resistant to good advice ...... Thanx for posting a follow up .....
TulipSoup
Florida
Trip report - Heaven in four national parks (5 Replies)
Ah, the Canadian Rockies! We got a very pleasant sampling of them on our first trip Aug 1 – 7. We are three: my husband and 20 year old son and I. We also met up with relatives that had an 11 year old son…so six total from Florida. We stayed in Canmore in a condo for the first three nights. The trip from the airport was not too bad, given that we arrived in Calgary at around 1:30pm. We saw a group of mountain goats on the way up. We found Canmore to be an awesome spot for exploring Banff...More
August 19, 2013|
Response fromMuftiVancouver|
I really loved reading your trip report. It glows with enjoyment. I think you've hit on the play book for the Rockies - layers, layers, layers. Maybe you'll get a chance to come back for Jasper. You know you want to. :-)
DRIDEOUT
Ottawa
Quite the day we had..... (2 Replies)
Well, what started off as a nice sunny day's drive from Banff to Jasper turned sour pretty quickly but in the end, all is good....actually quite amazing. The weather started turning nasty just after Crowfoot Glacier with a lot of blowing snow. We were stuck in traffic near the Columbia Icefields when a bus couldn't make it up the steep grade. It turned into a chain reaction with everyone having to stop on the uphill side...not nice. Traffic eventually got moving only to stop again on the...More
October 02, 2012|
Response fromFrommy|
Noting the comments of krp on the other thread about winter driving in the Rockies, and having been a regular on this forum for many years, it is good to see this post DRIDEOUT and hopefully in the future we might be able to point it out to people thinking of driving in winter, and your trip is still only in autumn. It always amazes me that people from my country, and other warm countries, think that they might be able to take such a trip in winter. Luckily I originally read your post at...More