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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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  • We stopped at the Athabasca Glacier on a Brewster.s coach trip Banff to Jasper with Brewster's food & trip to glacier experience booked.. I felt we missed out on its splendor by the sheer rushed proce...  more »
  • The wind was cold and hard but the beauty of everything made you not care. Everything is closed right now but you can still pull over in the parking lot and walk around and enjoy the scenery. We will ...  more »
  • Now a few times seen, in summer, winter and spring. It remains a stunning natural phenomenon. The eternal ice pack on clear days you can see beautiful because then it is coloured blue. You can come close to the edge of the glacier, this is a decent walk.
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