Mountain Snow in the Columbia Icefields by AnnDixon

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The Columbia Icefield is an icefield located in the Canadian Rockies, CANADA, astride the Continental Divide of North America. The icefield lies partly in the northwestern tip of Banff and the southern end of Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada. It is about 325 km² in area, 100 to 365 metres (328 to 1,197 ft) in depth and receives up to seven metres (275 in) of snowfall per year.

The icefield feeds eight major glaciers, including:
Athabasca Glacier
Castleguard Glacier
Columbia Glacier
Dome Glacier
Stutfield Glacier
Saskatchewan Glacier
Some of the highest mountains in the Canada Rockies are located around the edges:
Mount Andromeda (3,450 m)
Mount Athabasca (3,491 m)
Mount Bryce (3,507 m)
Castleguard Mountain (3,090 m)
Mount Columbia (3,747 m)
Mount King Edward (3,490 m)
Mount Kitchener (3,505 m)
North Twin Peak (3,684 m)
South Twin Peak (3,566 m)
Snow Dome (3,456 m)
Stutfield Peak (3,450 m)
Part of the icefield, the Athabasca Glacier, is visible from the Icefields Parkway. The Athabasca Glacier has receded significantly since its greatest modern-era extent in 1844. During the summer months visitors to the area can travel onto the glacier in the comfort of large “snowcoaches”.
The icefield was first reported in 1898 by J. Norman Collie and Hermann Woolley after they had completed the first ascent of Mount Athabasca.
The Athabasca River and the North Saskatchewan River originate in the Columbia Icefield, as do tributary headwaters of the Columbia River. As the icefield is atop a triple Continental Divide these waters flow ultimately north to the Arctic Ocean, east to Hudson Bay (and thence to the North Atlantic Ocean), and south and west to the Pacific Ocean. Hudson Bay, in some watershed divisions, is considered to be in the Arctic watershed, in which case this would arguably not be a triple continental divide point.


ice snow, glacier, alberta, jasper, rockies, canada


  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 3 years ago

  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenover 3 years ago

    This looks awesome Ann. You picked a beautiful day to stop there. The blue sky realy adds to this !

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...over 3 years ago

    wow a terrific shot, not much holding that lot back either, wow,stunning,dawnx

  • BlueMoonRose
    BlueMoonRoseover 3 years ago

    A magnificent mountain capture, Ann!

  • almaalice
    almaaliceover 3 years ago

    Fantastic shot Ann, majestic scenery beautifully captured. Alma

  • PSL1
    PSL1over 3 years ago

    A beautifully photographed and presented image Ann. excellent details and light.

  • gail woodbury
    gail woodburyover 3 years ago

    Beautiful pic Anne- there is always something special about blue sky & snow! – you have captured somthing special here!!

  • Shaun Whiteman
    Shaun Whitemanover 3 years ago

    What a beautiful landscape, fantastic shot Ann!

  • VoluntaryRanger
    VoluntaryRangerover 3 years ago

    A beautiful shot Ann,so clear..

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterover 3 years ago

    beautiful, l would love to take the train across the rockies

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