It's just one of eight glaciers that feed the 125-square-mile Columbia Icefield
, the largest expanse of ice in the Rocky Mountains.
The Athabasca Glacier - part of the Columbia Icefield
in the Rockies - is best seen from Ice Explorer buses that take visitors to walk on the ancient ice.
The trip includes visits to the mountain town of Banff, Lake Louise, Yoho National Park, along with an Ice Explorer ride over the Athabasca Glacier at Columbia Icefield
and a chance to explore the famous Butchart Gardens on Victoria Island.
With sensory perception on a spin, I could only assimilate the magnificence of the drive through the Icefield Parkway once I halted at the Columbia Icefield
. The sensational ride through one of the world's most beautiful highways had me constantly behind the camera.
The group visited a skywalk viewpoint run by a private company at the Columbia Icefield
, which some Canadians have criticized for being intrusive and disruptive of the natural environment.
The largest of six ice sheets that comprise the Columbia Icefield
in Jasper National Park, the Athabasca Glacier receives seven metres of snowfall per year, John Wilmshurst, Jasper National Park's resource conservation manager, said.
High Adventure: Byron Harmon in the Columbia Icefield
The package also includes several sightseeing tours in Banff National Park such as a Glacier Helicopter tour, Summit Helicopter Flightseeing as well as a Columbia Icefield
For example, when Fuhrer and Ostheimer embarked on a thirty-six hour peak-bagging spree at the Columbia Icefield
, they did not discuss their physical exhaustion "for fear of damaging the morale of the Light Artillery." (60)
If the Columbia Icefield
melts before we get there, can we do a different excursion?
On one day of the trip she even managed to walk across a glacier in the giant Columbia Icefield
in the Canadian Rockies.