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Columbia Ice Field
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

The Columbia Ice Field offers the visitor a wonderful museum before you board the bus to the Ice Explorers, which take you right onto the ice field. It was an awe-inspiring part of our trip to the Canadian Rockies. Don't miss it!

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Reviewed October 7, 2012

When you're driving down the Ice fields Parkway, you'll see a dirty patch of ice surrounded by mountains. That's the Columbia Ice Field Adventure. That dirty patch of ice is as far as you'll get, so don't expect to actually see or touch the Columbia Ice field (except to see the edge of it from down on the glacier)

You'll pay $50 (!!) per person to get on a coach, which will drive you to the edge of the glacier. You'll then board one of the ice explorer coaches which will drive you on to the Athabasca Glacier. You'll have just 20 minutes to take some photos in a small 'ice carpark'. You are not allowed to venture any further onto the glacier. It really is a small area and you'll get a handful of nice photos at best. Then you'll get back on the ice explorer and make your way back to the centre across the road.

We had an extra 20 minutes on the ice, because we missed our ice explorer back. The driver told us she'd honk the horn to let us know it was time, but she didn't. As we were walking back, she started to drive away. So we were stranded until the next coach left - which in all honestly was too much time. We'd already taken some photos, we couldn't walk anywhere beyond the marked area, so all we could do was stand and wait.

It's sad that the glacier and the ice field have shrunk so dramatically. It feels very touristy, it's very expensive, and I left feeling like I was contributing to the degradation of a dying ice field.

Thank Lauren D
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

Cool to stand on a glacier, but go early so you have a chance of pictures not cluttered by busloads of tourists. We had just one snowcoach full (30-40 people?) at 10:30, and then rushed to take pictures because we saw 3 more coaches coming all at once just behind us. Good thing, rest of pictures had pushy Japanese photographers throughout.

Their big-tire coach is unique, and the driver was a good guide, but in the end your just standing on a place they plowed out, kind of like an ice-covered parking lot. If you don't have the money, it is possible to park across the street and walk to the tongue of the glacier to touch it. (I did that a decade ago for free.) Be careful, as the paid guides stress how important it is to be with .... a paid guide ... to keep you safe if you go on the glacier.

Thank jimmydahiker
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

The glacier is beautiful to see, but also sad. Especially when you view all the signs of where the icefield used to be and where it is now.
You can take a guided toor, or the bus up, but in the end we didn't, because it feels like it just adds to the melting of the glacier.

Thank Lottevanbeek
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

Omg, loved the snow coach onto the glacier, it was amazing! Had a fantastic coach driver made it lots of fun, plus so cool to drive onto a glacier... This is something to add to your bucket list

Thank Jayne D
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