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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

The snow never melts on this glacier, a major tourist attraction.

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Incredible views

This is a review of the RV campground/parking lot across the road from the Athabasca glacier. This 'campground' during the daytime is simply a parking lot, but a few RVers stay... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Halifax, Canada
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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a review of the RV campground/parking lot across the road from the Athabasca glacier. This 'campground' during the daytime is simply a parking lot, but a few RVers stay overnight - less than 20 each of the three nights that we were there. Self-registration is $15.70; cash or credit card. It is unserviced but is next to the... More 

Thank driftdiver1
Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was so pleasing to the eyes! It's soooo beautiful to view the glacier. On one side, it's the snow capped mountain, on the other side it looks like you are standing in the middle of the desert. We did not go up but viewed it from the parking lot - it was beautiful. Superrrr windy though.

Thank reflection_ca
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A very well oiled tourist destination. The guides were very entertaining and made the experience a lot of fun. Make sure have good shoes on as the ice is very slippy. And it is very cold although we did see people in summer wear. Worth it.

Thank mcwheel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Not many places (without much walking) can you stand on a glacier in 20mins. However only enough time for a few photos (10minutes), try and take some up in the bus this will save you time. Cold on the glacier and need firm footing as it was a bit slushy and slippery up there. Our guide knew enough information about... More 

Thank Alice R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If only I had more time. I would've spent hours here just admiring the majestic views. Definitely do the Ice Explorer with Brewster. We bought the Ultimate Explorer pack and definitely saw the value. Bring up a few bottles/bladders and fill up on the delicious glacier water!

Thank Boopsy S
Washington DC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 221 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Not sure why this and the icefield are really listed as two entries because the glacier is part of the icefield, but it is an incredible sight. We did the icewalk, which was a great way to experience it up close. Especially when you see the buses coming and going, they look ridiculous and seem like they'd be contributing to... More 

Thank hdempsey
Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very accessible glacier. Check out Brewster Canada to book tickets to get on the glacier, its lots of fun. You can also just go to the view point and take pictures, I did also see people who booked private guides who actually walked them up to the glacier. I wish I would of done that, don't miss... More 

Winnipeg, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Serene, awe inspiring, barren, deadly, and majestic. The Athabasca Glacier is spell bounding! Take the walk to the "toe," but dress accordingly as it is cold. We met families in shorts and tank tops that were absolutely freezing!

Thank mollythecat2015
Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Athabasca Glacier guide ice walk tour was an experience to cherish. This 3-hour guided tour too us into the glacier and there was ample stops for our guide to explain facts about the glacier. It was amazing to see creeks in the ice and take a peek into mill wells. Definitely worth the effort and time. Must carry water,... More 

Thank Jayi R
Madrid, España
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took the Ice Explorer trip with Brewster Attractions and it was absolutely disappointing. First of all, there is a total chaos at the Icefield Centre: too many people, too many lines for the same thing in different places and contradictory signs, and very few staff helping or indicating. We booked our tickets by internet and validate them in one... More 

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