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Crowfoot Glacier, Banff National Park

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Crowfoot Glacier is located in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada, 32km northwest of Lake Louise, and can be viewed from the Icefields Parkway. The glacier is situated on the northeastern flank of Crowfoot Mountain.Crowfoot Glacier is east of the continental divide, and runoff from the glacier supplies water to the Bow River. The glacier has retreated since the end of the Little Ice Age and now has lost one entire lobe; it therefore no longer resembles the glacier which early explorers named. The glacier was measured to be 1.5 km² (0.58 miles²). The Crowfoot glacier was once connected to the Wapta Icefield, and in the 1980s and was considered to be part of a smaller icefield of 5 km² (1.9 mi²).
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  • On the way from Banff or Lake Louise Jasper the Crowfoot is behind the mosquito on the Glacier Creek campground on the Icefields Parkway (Hwy 93) in Banff National Park. It is situated above Bow Lake and is good to see from the road. Earlier, the glacier had the shape of a three-toed crows claw, but the third claw has already strongly suffered from the strong melting process. Nevertheless offers a beautiful panorama from the viewpoint and that is worth a photo stop. Especially when early morning hanging clouds over the glacier and individual rays of the sun shine on the Lake under the glacier.
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  • The Crowfoot glacier is of the Icefields Parkway on your way to see very well. It is a cautionary tale of climate change (unfortunately)
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  • Pretty simple place, This place is called Crowfoot Glacier because the glacier used to be in the shape of a Crow's foot. Pretty clever right? But as most glaciers in Banff this one is receding quite q...  more »