Athabasca Glacier is a 0.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Improvement District No. 12 , Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from May until September.

Distance: 0.9 miles Elevation Gain: 190 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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This is a must see when you visit the Canadian Rockies. Located a few hours from Jasper and Banff, it does not require any technical skills but just an interest in learning about the area.

15 days ago

If you get there around October and will be lucky with the weather its mind blowing! Really something to see!

28 days ago

Athabasca Glacier & Falls          52.219511980899         N  -117.22469240427017      W        

3 months ago

entrance location 52°13'15"N 117°13'07"W

3 months ago

parking lot 52°13'11"N 117°13'28"W

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7 months ago

I did the hike after taking glacier adventure tour. It gave the different perspective of the glacier. The hills are actually the terminal moraine of the receding glacier. Quite slippery on steep slope however was able to pass without traction cleat or hiking pole but be careful for elderly people. Temperature was around 0 C. You can skate on the frozen shallow lakes on the top for fun

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7 months ago

It's a must do!! Who says that they can be so close to a glacier. If you're in a hurry, do not park at the first parking lot. Go right at the fork of the road, the sign will say, "Athabasca Toe", take that way. The hike up was a little steep and snowy but we did it in hiking shoes without spikes and it was totally fine. The informational signs are very cool and the glacier itself is unreal, I was awestruck. Stupid people were crossing the barrier and stepping onto the glacier itself but we didnt. Bring an extra coat, it's colder at the glacier than it is in the parking lot (the glacier creates its own wind, bananas, I know!) This is a must. If you drive by you'll regret it.

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8 months ago

If you actually want to experience and get close to the glacier you have to do a guided tour or one on a bus. This short walk with information panels is only interesting because of the information about how much the glacier has receded. Was definitely disappointing.

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8 months ago

Not really a trail, probably better off doing a guided tour so you can actually get out on the glacier. The information about how much has melted over the years is the only interesting part.

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8 months ago

waste of time. unless you’re one of those city people that never hike - then go for it. and for all those commenting that it’s windy. that’s relative to when you go - morning/afternoon, summer/winter. it’s like saying that the hike was rainy.

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8 months ago

Crowded and windy. Pay attention to the little blue circle signs showing you where the glacier was X years ago! Pretty sad to see how it melted throughout the years :(

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rocky
8 months ago

A cold, windy easy hike up to the toe of the glacier. Dress appropriately! Pretty cool to see all the different rocks left behind as the glacier recedes and great views of the glaciers. Park your small RV right close to the pathway or park in the big RV lot across the highway at the Icefields Discovery Center (free overnight).

En bas du centre d’information, une petite trail pour se rapprocher du Athabasca glacier. 2km aller retour

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rocky
8 months ago

A bit disappointing tou can't go on the actual glacier, otherwise very short nice walk and a pretty view.

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rocky
9 months ago

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9 months ago

Quick and easy hike. Good views of the Columbia glacier from the toe. Will recommend for the family.

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rocky
9 months ago

Great views of the glacier! However it is steep and very rocky. Once you get up, it’s extremely windy. You can go further, we only went up for about 20 mins. There’s sign that says “Toe of the glacier trail”

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rocky
9 months ago

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9 months ago

Easy hike with an amazing view over the impressive glacier. A little bit crowded.

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9 months ago

Very good, beautiful view of the glacier. This will not get you on the ice unless you go under the rope that clearly has a sign on it that says “Do Not Enter.”

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9 months ago

Very easy short hike to the toe of the glacier. Somber look at the recession of the glacier that has occurred in my lifetime. Actual glacier is roped off, only way on the ice is to buy into a bus or walking tour with a guide ($$$$).

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no shade
9 months ago

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9 months ago

While the glacier is quite impressive and I definitely recommend stopping by it 's a bit of a tourist trap. You can only go so far and then you either jump the fence (I absolutely hate when people do this) or you pay for a guided walk up to the glacier. It's pretty dirty here from all the people. You could also pay for a pretty slow trip by bus closer to the top but we didn't have time. It definitely doesn't seem like the parks are protecting this glacier, more using it for money imo.

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snow
10 months ago

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10 months ago

Amazing experience! But they won’t let you on the ice.

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rocky
10 months ago

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