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Athabasca Glacier
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The Columbia Icefields are located 105 kilometers south of
Jasper (65 miles) and are about a 2 hour drive.
Of course it takes longers when you are stopping at the
many lakes, waterfall and lookouts along the way.

Athabasca Glacier


There is a grand visitor center across the highway from Athabasca Glacier, with restaurants, exhibits and a large diarama (display) of the entire icefield complex. 600,000 visitors a year stop by. This is where you may purchase tickets to board the sno-coaches that carry you on their huge tires onto the foot of the glacier. It is best to arrive early or buy your tickets from your hotel prior to arriving, as the sno-coaches can sell out. Perhaps buy your tickets and then have lunch while waiting your turn.

MORE ABOUT ATHABASCA GLACIER

Some of the glaciers on the Columbia
Icefields are a very deep blue color!

It is said that the Columbia Icefields are so large, the entire population of North America could stand on them at the same time.

Athabasca Glacier Ice Explorer
Ride a giant Sno-Coach (Ice Explorer)
onto Athabasca Glacier

 
Why does Athabasca Glacier
appear "blue"?


The blue color of the glacier is not related to minerals, rock flour or sediment within the ice. It is related to Pressure. Glaciers put immense pressure on ice. When you compress ice it squeezes out the oxygen. The less oxygen there is in ice the more blue it appears. Glaciers are fascinating aren't they?

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