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As recently as a century ago the glacier you see on the center left extended across the valley to where the Brewster "Sno-coaches" board their passengers today. This is quite a dramatic retreat. At this time the glacier is receding at a rate of 15 feet per year.



Sometime over the next centuries the glacier will probably disappear altogether but not before releasing billions of gallons of water into the rivers that flow to three oceans from here.






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This glacier is just one arm of the massive Columbia Icefields which are the largest "ice-cube" south of the Arctic Circle. They cover 130 square miles and are up to 1,000 feet thick.

The Columbia Icefields are
comprised of 6 main glaciers

Athabasca Glacier
by far the easiest to access

Saskatchewan Glacier
Drive a few kilometers south (in Banff National
park) you can hike to Parker Ridge for views


Stutfield and Dome Glaciers
are visible as you approach on the Icefields
Parkway from the north


Columbia and Castlegar Glaciers
are remote and difficult to reach

ATHABASCA GLACIER
 Bring sunglasses up here!!  

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