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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
Phone Number: 18666066700
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The snow never melts on this glacier, a major tourist attraction.

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$146*
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Athabasca Glacier Snow Trip from Banff
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Jasper to Lake Louise One-Way Tour

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No visit to Banff or the Ice Fields Parkway would be complete without a stop at the Athabasca Glacier. There are two parking lots where you can stop for great photos, but you... read more

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Springfield, Virginia
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Springfield, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

No visit to Banff or the Ice Fields Parkway would be complete without a stop at the Athabasca Glacier. There are two parking lots where you can stop for great photos, but you won't want to miss the opportunity to walk out on the glacier. Begin your visit in the Discovery Center to purchase tickets for the glacier walk. They... More 

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North Pole, Alaska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I was traveling through Trans Canada highway 16 when it took me through this park to get to Idaho. Wow! The Glaciers were absolutely stunning. I wish it was a clearer day to see more! The mountains and waterfalls were equally as gorgeous but be prepared to drive super slow and people slamming on their brakes in the road to... More 

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Queensland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We undertook a visit to the Glacier as part of our Canadian tour. We were taken out to the Icefields by coach and then boarded the Ice Explorer to go on to the glacier. The tour guide was a young lady who had a great sense of humour. We spent about a half hour walking on the glacier. The cafe... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We used a guided tour (Ice Walk) with a very knowledgeable guide to hike onto the glacier itself in July. You can only go about halfway up, and i was disappointed we couldnt go to the top to the level of the icefield. Apparently it can be done in winter and the icefield can be cross-country skied. Maybe a half... More 

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Narrabri, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Absolutely an amazing place. It is a must ti go on a ice explorer and do it fast as we were told it is melting fast. The place you can stop and book this trip has great views from the deck plus toilets and a cafeteria. I encourage anyone to go.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This tourist stop is a bit in the expensive side but worth it! The trip into the glacier was exciting, slippery & lots of fun. We hoisted the Aussie flag and took lots of pictures. On the day we visited it was freezing so take a water proof jacket. Watch where you walk as it was pretty slippery in spots.

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Cleveland, MS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My trip to ther Athabasca Glacier was one I won't ever forget! Not only were the surroundings picture perfect, the experience of standing on a glacier was awe-inspiring. To realize that the glacier is not as large as it once was, made me ponder the questions "Are events in nature cyclical?" or "How much truth is there in the claims... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

No need to pay to go ON the glacier as there is parking just off the highway and a path up to the glacier's tongue

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Fort Lauderdale
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We took a Brewster tour of the Athabasca Glacier and Ice Fields and it was the WOW experience of the trip. The incline down to the glacier is breath-taking - roller-coaster like. Then to be able to wander around on this impressive "river of ice" was amazing. We loved the "beach chairs" set up for the photo ops. What a... More 

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Southern California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

After you arrive at the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Center (from the Icefields Parkway - Highway 93), you can park your car in the parking lot. Be prepared for parking lot congestion because this is a popular attraction during the tourist season. You can purchase a glacier adventure ticket ($80.00/adult) in the Discovery Center. Then, you will queue up to... More 

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