Posted by: danielfee | January 14, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 01-14-2012

Columbia Icefield – Alberta, Canada


Columbia Icefield


Columbia Icefield

Midway between Banff and Jasper along the Icefield Parkway (Highway 93) you will find the Columbia Icefield which covers 325 square kilometers. It is the largest body of ice in the Rocky Mountains and is estimated to be 365 meters thick. It is a massive sheet of glacial ice that is trapped by the surrounding mountains and feeds eight large glaciers. The Athabasca Glacier is easily accessible from the Icefield Information Centre where you can get a ticket to ride out to the glacier on the Ice Explorer. You can spend as much time as you like walking around on the glacier. Be sure to avoid the crevasses.  If the wind is blowing down the face of the glacier, you probably won’t stay too long. Especially if you’re not dressed for glacier hiking.

Ice Explorer



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