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“The recession hits”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Athabasca Glacier

Athabasca Glacier
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Athabasca Glacier Full-Day Tour
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Owner description: The snow never melts on this glacier, a major tourist attraction.
UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“The recession hits”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2013

The glacier may be receding, but the Brewster-run tour is still fascinating, helped by enthusiastic drivers of the Snocoaches and linking buses. Not a cheap trip, but a unique one.

Visited August 2013
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Huntsville, Ontario
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 196 helpful votes
“Touch the glacier!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2013

This was amazing, short trail to the foot of the glacier, the temperature dropping as the wind comes off the ice, we ducked off the marked trail and headed for the makeshift bridge over the rushing glacier water creek to walk on the glacier, amazing and free instead of spending $50 to take a bus to do the same thing farther up the glacier.

Visited September 2013
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Whitby, Ontario, Canada
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“Awe inspiring nature”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2013

Visited in August - walking from the parking lot to the glacier the temperature must have dropped 15-20 degrees - what an experience to see something so vast and ancient and with so much impact to our environment - highly relevant in these times of climate concerns and definitely made a big impact on the kids.

Visited August 2013
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Kontich, Belgium
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177 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“Impressive to understand what a glacier is”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2013

Although the area is extremely touristic, it is worthwhile heading for the parking lot at the foot of the glacier, and to walk up the panorama trail. Taking the bus to ride on the glacier or taking the glacier walk are other options, yet as mentioned: too much exploited. It's a choice...
Yet, one should be aware of the size of the icefields above the Athabasca Glacier, to understand how huge the ice fields are. That is very well documented in the Athabasca Glacier Centre. So: mixed feelings about availability of information and exploitation of tourism.

Visited September 2013
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Ledbury, United Kingdom
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“An experience not to be missed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2013

Having read the reviews - yes it can be expensive - but it's well worth it. When we arrived in late September it was snowing lightly and cold. Some folks in trainers were sliding about so good shoes/boots are essential. The journey to the glacier through the moraine was made very informative by our driver who delivered information in a highly amusing and unique way. The 20 mins on the glacier was just awesome. After 10mins we entered a whiteout and although this caused some in the group to head back to the vehicle we stayed to experience in a tiny way what first explorers must experience. Food in the restaurant followed - this is a buffet and there is plenty of food with refills (recommend the sweet and sour). If you are considering going discount any doubt and GO!!!

Visited September 2013
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