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Athabasca Glacier

127 km north of Lake Louise | 103 km south of Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 866-606-6700
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The snow never melts on this glacier, a major tourist attraction.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good27%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“ice explorer” (53 reviews)
“the bus” (81 reviews)
“global warming” (21 reviews)
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127 km north of Lake Louise | 103 km south of Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
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+1 866-606-6700
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"ice explorer"
in 53 reviews
"the bus"
in 81 reviews
"global warming"
in 21 reviews
"climate change"
in 11 reviews
"once in a lifetime"
in 24 reviews
"blue ice"
in 6 reviews
"visitor center"
in 18 reviews
"canadian rockies"
in 25 reviews
"parking lot"
in 25 reviews
"an awesome experience"
in 6 reviews
"snow coach"
in 13 reviews
"across the road"
in 9 reviews
"ice bus"
in 9 reviews
"walk up"
in 9 reviews
"awe inspiring"
in 9 reviews
"information centre"
in 7 reviews
"lake louise"
in 14 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is a scenic place to visit, you can see 2 glaciers here as well as this one. The visitors centre is very nice and there are bear, goat and golden eagle statues that you can take fun pictures with. I recommend a visit.

Thank Amanda C
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Although there are too many tourists (us included), this is a unique experience. The Snow Coach ride was included in our tour so we cannot comment on the cost. All aspects of this activity were interesting--the massive snow coach itself, the scentry along the way,...More

Thank realbigbear
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Brewster, the tour company that handles the bus tour to Athabasca Glacier, has now lumped their losing attraction the “Glacier Skywalk” with this unique glacier bus trip for $100 Canadian!!!!! It would have cost my group $900 to do this tour-how ridiculous!!!!! Unless you absolutely...More

Thank haveboozewilltravel
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Fun adventure. Walk on the glacier. Our guide, Stephan, was interesting, knowledgeable and fun. Would recommend this.

Thank WestchesterP2
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a "must stop" along the icefield parkway. You can see firsthand the receding glacier since 1925. Truly a spectacular view and recognition of our warming climate.

Thank Ben S
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed the trip to Athabasca glacier. If you go there, you have to take the glacier bus (kids loved it because it just looks like the TV series « mighty machines ») or walk with a guide. We took the bus and enjoyed going there. Very unique...More

Thank Karine B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Really excellent experience. Although the more adventurous may prefer tours allowing you to walk up the glacier, we got on one of the huge snowmobiles, which gave us approximately 30 mins to explore the glacier. We were also treated to fascinating facts from tour guide...More

Thank Chloe B
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is easy to drive to near the base of the glacier and take a small hike to the edge of the glacier. You don’t have to take the snow coach unless you want to get higher and walk on it. It’s great both ways....More

2  Thank niteowljune
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's quite a cool sight to see. I'm rating it a 5 based on its own splendour but we were disappointed that we couldn't walk on it on our own. You need to pay for an expensive tour to do that. However we understood why...More

Thank stefcarroll
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Definitely a very neat place to check out. The sheer size of the glacier is incredible, but what is even more shocking is how big it used to be. Read the signs around the area to get an idea of the magnitude it used to...More

Thank Timbo5431
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Becca A
June 10, 2018|
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Response from Jane S | Reviewed this property |
I would imagine that you could without a tour group. There are LOTS of independent travellers going around Canada, so I would assume you could walk up to the sales desk upon arrival. With a tour you have a time slot to go... More
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Ula T
December 17, 2017|
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Response from Lilumaro | Reviewed this property |
Hi there I'm not sure if you can change time on the day or not, I think they can get pretty full. Seems to be cheaper to book online. From memory I think took about two hours with a couple of short stops. Would allow... More
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LavaJava96
August 9, 2017|
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Response from TheycallhimtheDon | Reviewed this property |
I think the question has been well answered. Less than 2 hours if you arrive as they are announcing your departure time
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