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Columbia Ice Field, Jasper

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Scenic Drive Wildlife Area
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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  • We saw the Athabasca Glacier 2 days in a row. Once with grey skies and snow and once with blue skies. Spectacular.  more »
  • Taking a snowcat type vehicle across an icefield is not an everyday experience so this was fun from the start. You are right on the glacier and hav e plenty of time to explore.  more »
  • This was an absolute highlight of my trip. We arrived in the morning and a bit of a snow storm. Got up on the Glacier - cleared up and was HOT! Much hotter than we expected - don't forget your sunglas...  more »