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Aug 14, 2017 - Columbia Icefields

Days 12-13, Columbia Icefield August 11-12, 2017 It’s about a hundred miles from Lake Louise to the Columbia Icefields. Driving along the Icefields Parkway (highway), we experienced one of Canada’s national treasures. There was jaw-dropping scenery. Often, we were looking at magnificent, dramatic rock spires. We saw several glaciers. Scenic lakes dotted the area. We even saw wildlife! A momma bear and her cub crossed the highway directly in front of our stopped RV! Click the link to view a short video of the Bear Parade. Campgrounds...

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Aug 30, 2016 - To Columbia Icefield Discovery Center

As we travelled through Canada and Alaska several people we met along the way told us that we had to camp at the Columbia Icefield Discovery Center. This is nothing more than a large parking lot at the visitors center there with no hook-ups, but the views were amazing!!!

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Going Down MC's-LANE

Jul 17, 2013 - Columbia Icefield

The next leg of our tour took us from Lake Louise to Jasper, Alberta. On our way to Jasper, we stopped at the Columbia Icefield. With an area of 215 kilometers, the Columbia Icefield is by far the largest icefield in the Canadian Rockies. Thanks to the Icefields Parkway, it is also the most accessible. You are able to drive to within a few hundred metres of the toe of the Athabasca Glacier. We hopped on a tour bus and went by bus to the edge of the ice. We got on another bus that had gigantic squashy tires (4 feet in diameter) that could...

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North To Alaska 2013

May 17, 2013 - Columbia Icefields / Athabasca Glacier

We woke up this morning viewing in full sunlight, Athabasca Glacier … an accessible glacier as thick as the Eiffel Tower is tall. It is one of the most visited attractions in Canada … maybe even North America. We took a trip up to the glacier and walked on it back in ’88 … decided to save the money to use for something we’ve not seen or done before on this bucket-list trip. Last night the glacier was partially covered in snow and clouds at times … this morning it is crystal clear, not a cloud in the sky. Enjoy the pics …

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Aug 21, 2012 - Lake Louise

As we were leaving Radium Hot Springs we saw two nice ram sheep and three yews and two lambs further down the road.  We reached Banff just before new and kathy went WWS and i got fuel. We took the Bow Valley Park Way to Lake Louise were Kathy got a second dose of WWS. We ended the day at Waterflow Lake Campground about 40 miles from the Columdia Ice Field, hoping to see more goats in the morning.

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Jun 2, 2011 - Columbia Icefield, Alberta

We had another one of those "WOWSER" days today. We drove to the Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure and walked on top of Athabasca Glacier. Here is a post from their website explaining what we did. "The Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure™ reveals the most unique attraction in the Canadian Rockies. Massive Brewster Ice Explorers, specially designed for glacial travel, take passengers on a remarkable excursion onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier. Each 80 minute journey is lead by an experienced driver-guide, who shares a wealth of...

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May 24, 2011 - Prince George

Day 9 Miles: 300 Total: 2606 Campground: Hartway RV Park, Prince George, BC We left this morning under low clouds and fog but enjoyed the remaining drive on the Icefields Parkway. The first downhill brought back memories of a fast and scary descent from the summit on bikes in 1993. The cottages at Sunwapta Falls, where we spent our last night on the bike trip, were still there. We found a nice local bakery in Jasper and stopped for a breakfast of pastries and coffee before continuing the drive toward Prince George under mostly sunny...

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May 23, 2011 - Columbia Icefields

We have not been connected for several days now. We have been to Yellowstone, Glacier NP, Waterton Lakes NP in Canada, Banff, NP, and now Jasper NP. Today has been a wonder drive on the Icefields Parkway with another day of beautiful and spectacular scenery. We are retracing the route from our bicycle trip in 1993. However, we could not visit some places today due to 4-5 feet of snow still on the ground. We are camping tonight in the parking lot of the Columbia Icefields Center with a view of the Athabasca Glacier and another...

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Aug 16, 2010 - Columbia Ice Fields, AB

After leaving Jasper, we stopped at Columbia Icefield, about 120 miles northwest of Banff, for a quick tour of Athabasca Glacier, and we spent the night in the parking lot. The tour was not worth the money, but we did get to go out on a large glacier in a very large bus designed for Ice travel. The drive from Jasper was beautiful, and we thought a highlight of the trip.

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Jul 15, 2010 - Columbia Icefield

Today we headed out to see the glaciers at Columbia Icefields. It was a great trip in, around and out again. We took the plunge and made the trip out to stand on the glacier. It was a once in a lifetime shot. We really enjoyed the whole day. There were too many pictures to label each individually, but I did manage to get them all on the net for you to enjoy. Tomorrow we are headed to Kamloops, if for no other reason than a place to lay our heads. We hope to see some sights along the way. The link for today's pictures is:...

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Jul 7, 2010 - Parker Ridge & unto Jaspar

We headed out early this morning due to a long drive ahead of us and some hiking along the way. We left the camp sight at 7:30 and was on our way up to Jasper. Yesterday we scoped out some hikes as we had to travel the same way today as we did yesterday. Yesterday we only did half the drive without the trailer and today we had the trailer and went the rest of the way to Jasper. Our first stop was Parker Ridge. It is part of the Columbia Icefield of Jasper National Park of Canada. It was a beautiful up hill hike. When we reached the top we...

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Trip To Canada

Jun 27, 2010 - Columbia Ice Field, Alberta

About a 2 hour drive through Banff Park the Columbia Ice field lies partly in the northwestern tip of Banff and the southern end of Jasper National Park. It is, 328 to 1,197 feet deep (100 to 365 metres) and receives up to 275 inches ( 7 metres) of snowfall per year. The ice field feeds eight major glaciers, including: • Athabasca Glacier • Castleguard Glacier • Columbia Glacier • Dome Glacier • Stutfield Glacier • Saskatchewan Glacier The glacier meltwater feeds streams and rivers that pour into the Arctic, Atlantic, and Pacific...

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