We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Win Big When You Book on TripAdvisor

Athabasca Glacier

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 127 km (79 mi) north of Lake Louise | 103 km (64 mi) south of Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
Phone Number: +1 866-606-6700

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

Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Athabasca Glacier Full-Day Tour
More Info
and up
Jasper to Lake Louise One-Way Tour

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 516 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 259
  • 108
    Very good
  • 25
  • 13
  • 4
Beautiful place to see!

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Kathryn H
Adelaide, Australia
Add Photo Write a Review

516 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 409: English reviews
Adelaide, Australia
Level Contributor
10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank Kathryn H
Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
215 reviews
94 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 

Thank linh88
Oil City, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
132 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

Thank ZZMorgan
New Port Richey, Florida
Level Contributor
65 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
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!

Thank Daniel S
Level Contributor
99 reviews
70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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 

Thank Neil C
Level Contributor
329 reviews
116 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
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 

Thank sm05060
Marysville, Ohio
Level Contributor
136 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
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 

Thank ron r
Leidschendam, The Netherlands
Level Contributor
273 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

This is one of the few glaciers that's easy to get to. You can park your car nearby and only have a short walk to the tip of the glacier. The glacier was much, much bigger once upon a time. When we were there, it was very cold and windy, which enhanced the glacier experience. It's also nice that you... More 

Thank RP-Netherlands
Loenhout, Belgium
Level Contributor
39 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016

We were very dissapointed about our visit. It is too busy, too crowdy and too much commercialised. Also about the sights we were very dissapointed. We earlier saw glaciers in Iceland and Greenland. Verry sorry but we have to say that this Athabasca glacier can not even match those others. For us, never again

Thank karinevdheuvel
Worcester, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
68 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

Revisited after 40 years - it is still as spectacular as ever. Main differences were that it has receded somewhat since I was last there. Secondly, there are some wicked vehicles that now take you on to the glacier.

Thank Andy F

Travelers who viewed Athabasca Glacier also viewed

Jasper National Park, Canadian Rockies
Jasper National Park, Canadian Rockies
Jasper, Jasper National Park
Banff, Banff National Park

Been to Athabasca Glacier? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Athabasca Glacier and other visitors
9 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (9)

Questions? Get answers from Athabasca Glacier staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?