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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
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+1 866-606-6700

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

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Amazing place to stop just to admire the views. A good place to stop is at the Columbia icefield discovery centre. There is a nice balcony on the second floor which offers great... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Edmonton, Canada
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Edmonton, Canada
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258 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing place to stop just to admire the views. A good place to stop is at the Columbia icefield discovery centre. There is a nice balcony on the second floor which offers great views.

Thank Montreal_native
Preston, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You sometimes come across situations that show you how small we are, Athabasca is one of these. The drive up to it in your car gives you some idea of the scale, then from the immaculate visitor centre you get on the big bus, to go over to the transfer parking lot...you then see the immense crawler buses man has... More 

Thank SlingP
Mississauga, Canada
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a snow coach ride to the glacier. The guide was highly knowledgeable. We walked on the surface of the glacier which was a little bit challenging. We filled our water bottle with the fresh glacier water. Due to the acrophobia, I did not get to the Skywalk. My wife did. All the views were just marvellous. What a... More 

Thank MarcLiu1950
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Walking on the glacier was cool! We took a unique vehicle of which there are only like 24 in the world up the steep mountain slopes to the glacier. We got out and walked around on the glacier for about 30 minutes and took pictures. We got back on the vehicle and went down the mountain. I filled my canteen... More 

1 Thank Colby K
washington dc
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Reviewed 17 March 2017

A massive glacier, fed by the Columbia Icefield just above. Compare the glacier with its 1919 photo mounted on site. It has retreated about a mile in 100 years. This is fast, as glaciers go. (Adjective: glacial.) There is more summer melt than winter snow on the Columbia Icefield. You can go up on the glacier in an all-terrain Ice... More 

Thank mrsagf
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

The ride to the glacier in the bus is slow, but worth it. Not much I can say except it is a very peaceful place to visit and it is beautiful.

Thank Jaki R
Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 February 2017

Stopped off at the Athabasca Glacier on route to Jasper. Had booked a 3 hour glacier walk with one of the local companies as this seemed better than the bus trip. Sat in the visitors centre across the road and watched the buses and people on the glacier with a sense of trepidation. In reality, it was nothing to worry... More 

Thank sloppyjoes_17032014
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Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

The Athabasca Glacier was a must see visit on our road trip to the Canadian Rockies. It was worth seeing! It was a cold and stormy day so unfortunately, the snow coaches were not going on the Glacier. But we walked to it as far as we were allowed. It is a slightly strenuous hike, but worth it. We did... More 

1 Thank Rick H
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Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

One of a kind experience, if you have never been onto a glacier. Took the bus ride (July visit), walked in the cordoned area. It was very slippery, people went swoosh on their back often. They give 10 minutes to board the bus back again, but it took us nearly 15 minutes to get to the chairs with our two... More 

Thank Sr S
Whittlesey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 December 2016

Another 'Must See' thing to do whilst in the area....the weather of course helps and this is truly a magnificent sight - Glad we did it.

Thank RoyGerstner

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