Jasper NP – Athabasca Glacier (08/15)

Paralleling the Icefields Parkway is the Athabasca River which boasts this nice waterfall. It was another smoky day, so I decided to embrace it and play tourist rather than hiker.

One of the highlights along Icefields Parkway is Athabasca Glacier, across the highway from Icefield Centre. With an extremely large moraine (deposits of earth and stone left behind as glaciers advance and recede), it’s quite educational, especially with the provided year markers. I was disappointed with the information provided at the Icefield Centre. Their free silent movie focused on the beauty of the area in lieu of education.

Walking on the glacier is limited to paid tour groups.

I like the areas where you can see the exposed glacial ice.

Jan’s Tips:

  • Due to lingering wildfire smoke and recent bear activity, I was unable to explore extended trails, however, access to Athabasca Glacier and Waterfall are via short, well-traveled paths.
  • In the Canadian Rockies, grizzly activity closes trails or requires groups of four to travel together. Therefore, it’s always good to go prepared with a Plan B; better yet, also with Plan C and D. Bear and Trail status links.
  • If you’re like me and prefer photos minus strangers, and quiet trails with more opportunity to see wildlife, especially during peak tourist season, GO EARLY.
  • Helpful links:
  • A Parks Canada Pass is required.
  • Link to my other Canada blog posts.


2 thoughts on “Jasper NP – Athabasca Glacier (08/15)

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