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  The crow watching the glacier
by kymbanm

I usually avoid anything that includes a fee and is full of tourists ... but I so wanted to tramp about the glacier a little bit .... so I decided this was the one tour I had to take!

First you go to the Icefields interpretive center (AKA: museum and gift shop) to buy your ticket .... for 31$CDN you get to ride a coach up to the staging area, then you are changed to a special Glacier bus with wheels about 6ft tall ....... you continue on up and down otherworldly rockfilled landscape along the edges of the Columbia Icefield, and end up on the ice ...... the tour only allows you to access a small portion of the glacier, and environmentally, I felt guilty for the little bit I was already walking upon :)

The Icefield ? the largest sub-polar body of ice in North America ? is one of the reasons why the United Nations declared Canada's four Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Sites. The Icefield covers 325 square kilometres with solid ice up to 365 metres (1200 feet) deep. The guide will give you plenty of information about the field, and icecap above, and the geology of the glacier and the water flow that comes from it ...... the particular ice cap for this glacier feeds 8 separate glaciers and the water that flows from it goes into the Pacific, Atlantic and the Arctic Oceans ...... the only such feature in North America :)

Though I could feel the immenseness of this place, my photography didn't capture this experience well .... the low lying clouds interfered with photography, but not the experience itself ......

Address: Columbia Ice Fields
Directions: Leaving Jasper, travel 108 kilometers (67 miles) south on The Icefields Parkway hwy 93N, to the Columbia Icefield, which is not too far from the Banff Park border and the Sakatchewan Crossing.
Website: http://www.columbiaicefield.com/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 3, 2005
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