The largest accessible icefield in the Canadian Rockies, shimmering glacial ice and snow cover some 389 sq. km. (233 sq. mi.). An exciting 55 minute Snow coach Tour will take you out onto the Athabasca Glacier, a tongue of the Columbia Icefield, for an awe-inspiring glimpse of icy crevasses and ice-fed streamlets. Or, join a guided Glacier Ice-walk and visit the Icefields Interpretive Centre for informative exhibits and slide shows. Seasonal accommodation, dining and camping available. Hiking trails nearby. Starting point for numerous glacier travel and alpine climbing routes.
The 5 km (3 mi) Ice Explores excursion onto the icy slopes of the Athabasca Glacier is Jasper Park’s most popular tour. Below the glacier head wall participants can see onto ice 400 years old and over 300 meters (1000 feet) thick. Avoid the peak-time rush by taking your tour before 11 am or after 2:30 pm.
Access: Highway 93 south, approx. 105km from Jasper
Trailhead: at base of glacier
Activities: Sightseeing, Tour, Skiing