Athabasca Glacier walk, Jasper National Park

Discover the Athabasca Glacier, one of the six principle peaks of the Columbia Icefield in Jasper National Park, from the closest you can get – on the ice itself.

Experienced guides will kit you up in the appropriate attire to keep you warm and help you step into crampons, whose giant teeth will stop you slipping and sliding over the ice so that you can focus on the views and not have to worry so much about losing your footing.

You will be exploring the lower half of the Athabasca Glacier with its ice carved landscapes; from the surface of this giant ice cube you will see views of the Canadian Rockies and further icy vistas, but the highlight is the glacier itself. Wear sunglasses as the clear reflection is dazzling and be sure to take your camera as the transparent blue tint of the ice makes for an absolutely stunning frame.

You can try a sip of fresh water from one of the crevices on the glacier – it’s the tastiest, freshest water you will ever likely drink! This retreating glacier is unlikely to still exist in the next 50 years or so, so take the chance now to experience a true icy wonderland and learn about the world of glacier ice, how it forms and why the clear ice appears so blue.

Highlights

  • Walk over dazzling blue ice without slipping!

  • Sample fresh water straight from the glacier

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