Cool tips for exploring the Columbia Icefield

Mar 11, 2015
It’s March and as we tiptoe towards spring, we’re focused on the upcoming season at the Columbia Icefield. With plenty of coolness to leave you in awe, the Athabasca Glacier is a frozen expanse of ice and snow that has been a colossal hotspot for photographers and adventurers who love exploring nature’s cool icy blues. This summer, revisit your bucket list and cross off the once-in-a-lifetime experience of standing on this astounding Canadian Rockies landmark.

Located along Canada’s remarkably scenic Icefields Parkway between Jasper and Banff National Parks, the Columbia Icefield is the largest icefield in the Rocky Mountains, with the most accessible glacier in North America. An ever-popular destination for ice explorers and alpinists, this glacial sanctum also welcomes the masses to discover and learn about its compelling history first-hand.

Visitors of all ages can take a guided Glacier Adventure tour on board an iconic Ice Explorer vehicle, specially designed for glacier travel and step out onto the remnants of the ancient Ice Age for an authentic look at the humbling wonders surrounding them.

Whether you’re keen to photograph the unique ice caves and formations or wildlife along the Icefields Parkway, are interested in learning all about this special Canadian icon, or wish to simply taste the purest glacier water on the planet, one thing is for sure – you can easily spend days exploring the Columbia Icefield!

If you happen to be in the area make sure to visit the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre to find out about scenic walks, hiking and biking trails, and great picnic and camping spots. Plus, as the departure point for the thrilling Glacier Skywalk experience and home to the cozy Glacier View Inn with dreamy overnight stargazing, you’re guaranteed to find something worth exploring this spring and summer!

Strapped for time but still want to visit Canada’s national treasure? Try one of these one-day sightseeing tours that will guarantee you get to cross off all the must-see’s and do’s in the area. 
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