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Experience Athabasca Glacier

Experience a truly amazing day in one of the most spectacular places in the world.

At A Glance

Clock Duration: 4 hours

Calendar Offered: July 1 – September 30, 2020

July 1 – 31 – AM Departure: 10:30.

Aug 1 – Sept 30 – AM Departure: 10:30.

User Ages: 12 & up. (Younger explorers may be accommodated with their parents on a private booking.)

Users Group Size: Maximum 10

Star Outline Fitness Level: We hike between 2 – 8 km depending on conditions and the group. Although the hiking is never strenuous, it does gain about 150m elevation from a starting elevation of 1900m. We recommend that people are fit enough to hike slowly for 4 hours and that you do not have any injuries or medical conditions that could impair your enjoyment. If you would like to hike faster to cover more ground, or would like to modify the duration of the trip due to fitness concerns, we recommend a private booking. 

Info What is included: Mountain boots, crampons, hiking poles, sunglasses, all technical equipment used to explore glacier features such as crevasses. 

Info What is not included: Clothing and lunch. Although we have traditionally offered clothing to our guests, our interim Covid operating procedures require that all guests bring their own clothing suitable for the weather. As this is an upper elevation alpine area, the weather can sometimes be one of the main challenges. This can be a very memorable and powerful experience, as long as you have the right clothing. We recommend a warm insulating layer and good rain protection. For a complete list of clothing recommended for glacier hiking, please see here.

Dollar Price: $175/person + 5% GST

Per Person
CA$175

Summer 2020 Glacier Hiking And Exploration

Jasper National Park is home to some of the world’s most impressive glaciated terrain. The Columbia Icefield is a sea of ice covering over 300 square km perched on the spine of the continent – the Continental Divide. Meltwater from this icefield travels to 3 different oceans from the hydrological apex of the country, and is a truly powerful place. The Athabasca Glacier is an easily accessible tongue of ice flowing from this massive icefield and provides a unique opportunity to explore an actively changing glacier. Although there are a variety of ways to experience this glacier, we pride ourselves in our program design that has always focused on small groups, efficient travel, and even the opportunity to descend into the ice using ropes if the conditions allow. 

Explore Athabasca Glacier 

Trips run daily from July 1 to September 30. 

One of our most popular excursions, this trip is offered daily. Typically we have started this offer on June 1, but due to interim Covid protocols we have bumped the start of this season to July 1 – September 30. Traditionally we have started this trip in Jasper at our office and provided transportation to the Icefield Area. Under our Covid protocols we will be starting this trip at the glacier to reduce the amount of time spent in a confined space.

After meeting your guide at our staging area at the Toe of the Athabasca Glacier parking lot, you will be given an overview and issued equipment for the trip. This includes mountain boots, crampons, and any other safety equipment based on conditions. Then, your guide will walk you up to the toe of the glacier while introducing you to the dynamic alpine landscape. After stepping on to the glacier, your guide will lead you up the ice and show you some of the fascinating formations produced by ice and time including crevasses, millwells, and drainage channels. Depending on conditions, we look for an opportunity for people to increase their connection with this landscape by using ropes to explore some of these features more intimately in a safe and controlled manner. Our goal is to provide each group with a unique and authentic trip onto the ice, and share the marvels of this landscape in the hope of fostering connection with the natural world.