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). Make Columbia Ice Field a centerpiece of your Jasper National Park vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Jasper National Park trip builder .
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  • We had seen the Ice Field in summer but you can't beat the winter beauty of it. We traveled Jasper to Banff and back and enjoyed both drives.  more »
  • You can't really skip This if you drive from BANFF to Jasper it is very busy and not cheap. Buy a combi ticket for the Skywalk and the tour to the Columbia Icefields
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  • We were lucky enough to take one of the $1.5m Ice Vehicles up to the Athabasca Glacier - Apprehensive at the time perhaps, but walking on the glacier, which is 90-300 metres thick, proved to be relati...  more »
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