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Athabasca Glacier

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Address: 127 km (79 mi) north of Lake Louise | 103 km (64 mi) south of Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
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The snow never melts on this glacier, a major tourist attraction.

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$173.09*
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Athabasca Glacier Full-Day Tour
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$157.51*
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Athabasca Glacier Snow Trip from Banff
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$172.86*
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Jasper to Lake Louise One-Way Tour

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Magnificent experience

The Athabasca Glacier was a must see visit on our road trip to the Canadian Rockies. It was worth seeing! It was a cold and stormy day so unfortunately, the snow coaches were not... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The Athabasca Glacier was a must see visit on our road trip to the Canadian Rockies. It was worth seeing! It was a cold and stormy day so unfortunately, the snow coaches were not going on the Glacier. But we walked to it as far as we were allowed. It is a slightly strenuous hike, but worth it. We did... More 

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Austin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of a kind experience, if you have never been onto a glacier. Took the bus ride (July visit), walked in the cordoned area. It was very slippery, people went swoosh on their back often. They give 10 minutes to board the bus back again, but it took us nearly 15 minutes to get to the chairs with our two... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2016

Another 'Must See' thing to do whilst in the area....the weather of course helps and this is truly a magnificent sight - Glad we did it.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2016

The glacier was beautiful. I arrived on a day tour with brewster and changed to one of their special glacier busses. What an amazing experience! Would recommend to anyone with a day to spare. Trip from Banff city was relatively easy with the tour company, and having a driver made is easy to sit back and watch the scenery pas... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016 via mobile

We went to Athabasca glacier on Nov 11. They closed down the summer parking lot that is the closest to the glacier. So the hike to the glacier from the winter parking lot is not easy and on uneven ground. There are lots of rocks and ups and downs. Felt like the tundra! When we hiked to the glacier we... More 

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Oil City, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2016

We stopped first at the Icefield Center; it was very crowded. We did not spend any time there because of the crowds, so we drove across the road to the parking lot and walked to the "toe of the glacier". It was very cold and windy. You can only walk so far down and then it is fenced off. You... More 

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New Port Richey, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

Hike to the glacier is a little more strenuous than written! I am not sure if it was the altitude, gravel trail or the fact you climb straight up, but the reward was worth it!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

There's a lot of people here during the day which is what you'd expect - the chance to walk in safety on the Glacier is one of those once in a lifetime things. Tour was good and well worth the money, guide was absolutely right it is slippery!! For the best viewing stay overnight and you get the place much... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016 via mobile

We went on the Athabasca Glacier in an Ice Explorer vehicle and then got out & walked on the glacier, but you can go on organised hiking tours on the glacier. You're cautioned about how slippery the ice is to walk on & there are parts that are roped off as they're a bit dangerous to walk on. The glacier... More 

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Marysville, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

The glacier adventure offered at the center was suspended due to weather. (we were there the day before the tours closed for the season) We parked and took the hike through some very windy and snowy conditions but was a walk back in time. The recession of the glacier is marked with years and my 12 year-old learned a great... More 

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