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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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Visit it before it disappears...

This is our second visit in 3 years and we can certainly see the reduction in the size of the glacier. The guide mentioned that it is receding at a rate of around 40-50 feet a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Richard L
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Ottawa, Canada
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Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is our second visit in 3 years and we can certainly see the reduction in the size of the glacier. The guide mentioned that it is receding at a rate of around 40-50 feet a year and we believe her. See it before it is gone...

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Gardiner, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I would rate this between a 4 and 5. It's a fairly rugged hike up to it and we saw several folks turn around. The wind can be very strong walking up to the glacier, so be prepared and dress accordingly. Even though you can see it from the parking lot, the weather does tend to get worse as you... More 

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Thank OnTheRoadAgain8180
Campsea Ashe, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

It a beautiful and very interesting place to go. Amazing pictures after a small hike upto the glacier. It has markers all the way up the walk so you can see where the glacier used to be years before as it recedes further and further up the mountain. Tours and guided walks are available. There is also a information centre... More 

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Thank Laura0609b
Greenville, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

this is a great place for almost all ages on a nice sunny day. You can walk to the toe of the Glacier and enjoy the view (10 min easy walk) or pay for a tour and go onto the glacier to enjoy it. If you take the tour with the Antarctica vehicle it a combo which comes with the... More 

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Thank Zoltan K
Port Macquarie
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is a must do for everyone. Rug up, it's cold up there! Allow about an hour to go in the bus then the all terrain vehicle. 20 mins up, 20 mins back, 20 mins there. Be patient in the queue. Today there were 90 coaches booked in to do tours, plus all the other people who drove there. Fresh... More 

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Thank Sally-1309
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Not in the same league as many of the Alaskan Glaciers eg Hubbard Glacier for sheer size.. but should not be missed if in the area. Sadly the glacier has receded by 60% since the mid 1800's and there is a sign showing the 1982 position - now the foot of the glacier is some hundreds of metres further up... More 

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Thank Alan B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Whilst we didn't get the bus up to the glacier itself due to our budget, you can drive to the car park near enough to the foot of the glacier and hike up to the glacier. You can't actually walk on the glacier this way but you get great photo opportunities.

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Thank Windyroads
Yeovil, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Shame this will be gone in about 83 years but a reminder of how precious our planet is. Quite a way to drive to get here but worth a visit if you are already in the area. We had Super Kyle drive us into the ice and his jokes are genuinely funny. Make sure you are back on the explorer... More 

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Suffolk, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We drove to the bottom parking lot and walked to the toe of the glacier, and the markers indicating the glaciers retreat over the last 150 years or so is quite sobering. It's a short but very steep walk to the toe of the glacier but we did it in trainers. Well worth the effort but whilst accepting the consequences... More 

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Thank Brent J
St. Catharines, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Okay. I may over exaggerate, but the glacier has receded much, even since the 1980's. If you don't want to pay for the vehicle ride that takes you out on to the Glacier itself, and we didn't, take the trek up to the glacier where you can feel the higher elevation, and the cold air surrounded you as the view... More 

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