6/21 Columbia Icefields National Park, Alberta Canada

Travelled to the Columbia Ice Fields on Tuesday 6/21.Technically it is still within Banff National Park. On the drive we saw plenty of Avalanche Warning signs and a bear on the side of the road.

There is a big parking lot for RVs for that is where we stayed for the night. Most units were there for the day as they visited the Glacier and surrounding area. 

Jim and Anita went on a 3-hour walking tour of the Glacier. Mike and I decided to take the tour from the discovery center that drove you to the glacier, walked on it for about 30 minutes and then went to the Icefields Skywalk. After our hike the day before Mike and I were glad that is what we chose. It was cold, windy and raining on the glacier but was worth seeing. We rode up to the glacier in a big ice vehicle (see pictures). 

After the glacier we went to the skywalk which has a plexiglass bottom to see below. As I've said below Mike doesn't like those so I went out myself and we each took a picture of the other taking a picture from our different vantage points.

On our drive to Jasper National Park we ran into a bunch big horn sheep on the side of the road. Really cool and a different version of a traffic jam.


Interesting facts about the Columbia Icefields.

The Columbia Icefield is the largest ice field in North America's Rocky Mountains. Located within the Canadian Rocky Mountains astride the Continental Divide along the border of British Columbia and Alberta, Canada, the ice field lies partly in the northwestern tip of Banff National Park and partly in the southern end of Jasper National Park. 

It is about 125 sq miles in area, 330 ft to 1,198 ft in depth and receives up to 280 inches of snowfall per year.

The icefield feeds six major glaciers:

- Athabasca Glacier (the one we were on)

- Castleguard Glacier - Columbia Glacier

- Dome Glacier

- Stutfield Glacier

- Saskatchewan Glacier

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