Columbia Ice Field, Jasper

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The remnant of a vast glacier that once covered the region, Columbia Ice Field takes the crown as the largest of its kind in the area. Surrounded by some of the park’s highest peaks, the expansive ice field feeds numerous rivers with its meltwater, including the Columbia and Fraser rivers in the western part of North America. Head for the ice field’s visitor center to learn more about the process of glacier formation and movement; from there, you can explore the only accessible part of the ice field, which reaches a thickness of 350 m (1,148 ft) in places. Be sure to bring your camera, as you’ll get a sweeping view of the mountains around you, nine of which stand at a height of more than 3,000 m (9,852 ft). Put Columbia Ice Field and other Jasper National Park attractions into our Jasper National Park vacation trip planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Free, park up and walk across to see the glaciers from the path. Snocoach tours are available for a price but as these actually drive on the glaciers we thought them a little damaging and chose not to...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    How many times in life will you have the opportunity to step on a glacier? Just book the tour and do it. We popped into the visitor center at 3:15pm and booked the ultimate package (Skywalk, glacier t...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    You get taken by coach part way to the ice field then board their custom ice going 6 wheeled coach that can safely negotiate the 32 degree climb. 1 hour on the ice is more than enough to to take in th...  more »

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Where to stay in Jasper National Park

Scores of hotels, lodges, and guesthouses line the western edge of Jasper's main thoroughfare, Connaught Drive, although you might struggle to find more budget-friendly options. If you're willing to pay a higher price, you can immerse yourself in nature without sacrificing luxury by staying in a resort or mountain lodge within the national park itself. Reserve your accommodations advance, as lodgings can be hard to come by at the height of the season.
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