Columbia Ice Field, Jasper National Park

4.4
#1 of 45 in Scenic Drive in Canada
Must see · Scenic Drive · Tourist Spot
The remnant of a vast glacier that once covered the region, Columbia Ice Field takes the crown as the largest of its kind in the area. Surrounded by some of the park’s highest peaks, the expansive ice field feeds numerous rivers with its meltwater, including the Columbia and Fraser rivers in the western part of North America. Head for the ice field’s visitor center to learn more about the process of glacier formation and movement; from there, you can explore the only accessible part of the ice field, which reaches a thickness of 350 m (1,148 ft) in places. Be sure to bring your camera, as you’ll get a sweeping view of the mountains around you, nine of which stand at a height of more than 3,000 m (9,852 ft). Make Columbia Ice Field a centerpiece of your Jasper National Park vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Jasper National Park trip builder.
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  • Thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience. Drinking glacier water was fun - although don't do it too much!  more »
  • What an experience! The drive up to the Columbia Ice Field from Calgary was amazing!! The view from the restaurant patio there is so awesome. There is the lower parking lot, upper parking lot and...  more »
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  • Very interesting!! But the tickets are pretty expensive.
  • Beautiful glacier, visible from the road. Unfortunately, receding at a rapid rate due to climate change.

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