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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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  • A drive from Lake Louise to Jasper, with many photo stops and short walks, is barely a day to create.
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  • You need to book ahead for this activity, it is that popular. Busy OMG. Take warm and rain proof clothes with you and good sturdy non slip shoes. I went in sandshoes, not a good idea on slick ice. It ...  more »
  • I think though that the white of the ice is fascinating in the summer, however, a stop at the Columbia is ice to recommend field also in the winter. The visitor center is not open and also nowhere there's the possibility something to drink or eat. But it has almost no people and certainly plenty of parking spaces. From there it will run high just under half-an-hour to the glacier, where barriers alert to go more forward. The glacier itself is huge, not really stop but in the snow to bear.
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