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Columbia Icefield

• Icefields Parkway | Icefields Parkway Region, AB
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"Should be called the Athabasca Icefield"

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July 2007 — "My family recently took this tour and while it was a one of a kind experience, it was not exactly going to the Columbia Icefield. You go to the Athabasca Icefield and walk on the ice (be sure to wear good shoes) for 20 minutes. It is unique, however, if you think you're going to the large icefield as we did, you might be a little disappointed. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. Cost $107.00 for a family of 4. Be sure to go early (9 am or late in the day 3pm), otherwise you'll be surrounded by other tourists."

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Stretching 325 sq km (125 sq mi) across the Continental Divide, this extensive field of ice features six major glaciers and reaches an estimated depth of 365 m (1,299 ft). The Columbia Icefield feeds the Columbia, Mackenzie and Saskatchewan rivers, and its meltwaters flow into the Pacific, Arctic and Atlantic oceans. It is one of only two hydrological apexes in the world that feeds three oceans. Tours, including icewalks, are available from spring through fall.
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