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The Athabasca Glacier is one of the six principal ‘toes’ of the Columbia Icefield, located in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
It is a tongue of ice 6 kilometres long and one kilometre wide.
The glacier currently recedes at a rate of 2–3 metres (6.6–9.8 ft) per year1 and has receded more than 1.5 km (0.93 mi) in the past 125 years and lost over half of its volume. The glacier moves down from the icefield at a rate of several centimetres per day. Due to its close proximity to the Icefields Parkway, between the Alberta towns of Banff and Jasper, and rather easy accessibility, it is the most visited glacier in North America. The leading edge of the glacier is within easy walking distance; however, travel onto the glacier is not recommended unless properly equipped. Hidden crevasses have led to the deaths of unprepared tourists.
That’s exactly why massive Brewster Ice Explorers, specially designed for glacial travel, take passengers on a remarkable excursion onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier.
Mid-point in the tour, passengers can safely step out onto the glacier and stand on this powerful ancient ice.
The Columbia Icefield is located on the boundary of Banff and Jasper National Parks. One of the largest accumulations of ice and snow south of the Arctic Circle, it covers an area of nearly 325 square kilometres, sometimes reaching a depth of 300-360 metres.
The Columbia Icefield is a true “hydrological apex,” for its meltwater feeds streams and rivers that pour into the Arctic, Atlantic, and Pacific oceans.
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