Columbia Icefield Tourist Attractions
Columbia Icefield Tourist Attractions – Columbia Icefield is famous for the largest ice field in the Rocky Mountains of North America. It is situated in the Canadian Rockies astride the Continental Divide along the border of Alberta and British Columbia, Canada. The ice field lies partly in the northwestern end of the Banff National Park, and partly in the southern tip of Jasper National Park. It is 325 square kilometres roughly or 125 sq mi in area, 100 metres or 330 ft to 365 metres or 1,198 ft in depth and has up to 7 metres or 280 in of snowfall per year.
Columbia Icefield is well known as a surviving remnant of the thick ice mass which once covered most of the mountains of Western Canada. Lying on an elevated, wide plateau, it becomes the largest icefield in the Canadian Rockies. Mostly three-quarters of the highest peaks of the park are situated near from the icefield which is ideally placed to catch most of the moisture which Pacific winds carry across the interior o British Columbia. Most of this settling falls as snow up to 7 metres a year.
As more snow falls within a year than can melt in the short summer season, it accumulates. As the time passes, the snow turns into ice and starts to flow outward through the gaps in the mountains surrounding the icefield, which creating some great tongues of ice called glaciers.
Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure
The Pyramids of Egypt, the Statue of Liberty, the Great Wall of China, every corner of the world has its own must-see attraction. In the Canadian Rockies area, it is the Glacier Adventure.
This tour will take tourists onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier by the Ice Explorer, a massive vehicle which is specially designed for the glacial travel. An experienced driver-guide shares a wealth of outstanding information about icefields, glaciers, and their impact on our environment during the one hour and 20 minute trip.
The middle-point in this tour, the passengers can safely step out onto the glacier, and take in the most stunning glacial vistas and alpine. The tours depart every 15 to 30 minutes from the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre.
The tour will be a once in a lifetime experience.
Glacier Tours on the Icefield Parkway
Just imagine a trip out onto the rugged icefields of an ancient glacier, the opportunity to experience the magnificence of such a strong force of nature. If it sounds exciting to you, then you will not want to miss the Icefields Parkway, a picturesque drive which winds its way between Lake Louise and Jasper passing through the Columbia Icefield. It is providing some stunning views of the Athabasca Glacier.
Tourists will find glacier tours, restaurants, shops, interpretive displays, and much more, including the brand new Glacier Skywalk, the most exciting and newest attraction of the Canadian Rockies at the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre.
Plus, with a lot to do right at the site of the glacier, tourists will want to plan a stay at the Glacier View Inn in Brewster. This glacier has been existing here for thousands of years. Just explore and stay for a while.