“one of the largest accumulations of ice & snow south of the Arctic Circle”
The Columbia Icefield is located on the boundary of Banff and Jasper National Parks. One of the largest accumulations of ice and snow south of the Arctic Circle, it covers an area of nearly 215 square kilometres, sometimes reaching a depth of 300-360 metres. The continuous accumulation of snow feeds eight major glaciers including the Athabasca, Dome, and Stutfield Glaciers, all visible from the Icefields Parkway. The Columbia Icefield is a true "hydrological apex," for its meltwater feeds streams and rivers that pour into the Arctic, Atlantic, and Pacific oceans. The Columbia Icefield is an icefield located in the Canadian Rockies, astride the Continental Divide of North America. The icefield lies partly in the northwestern tip of Banff National Park and the southern end of Jasper National Park. It is about 325 km² in area, 100 to 365 metres (328 to 1,197 ft) in depth and receives up to seven metres (275 in) of snowfall per year. The icefield feeds eight major glaciers, including: Athabasca GlacierCastleguard GlacierColumbia GlacierDome GlacierStutfield GlacierSaskatchewan Glacier
I didn't get to go on the tour because it was quite expensive but I still got to step foot on a massive glacier, while wearing a t-shirt. Cool!
Went here yesterday and shelled out a small fortune for our family of 5 and was stressed over how crowded everything was. We did the tour with the skywalk. The actual tour on the ice bus was really cool and informative. The walk on the glacier was cool but they really only let you walk in a small marked off area. I gave it 4 stars because being on the glacier isn't something you can do on you own and I think it is a must do while you there
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