Columbia Icefields Viewpoint

Point Of Interest

4.6 from 8 users

Description

Viewpoint overlooking the Columbia Icefields. The Columbia Icefield is a surviving remnant of the thick ice mass that once mantled most of Western Canada's mountains. Lying on a wide, elevated plateau, it is the largest icefield in the Canadian Rockies. Nearly three-quarters of the park's highest peaks are located close to the icefield; ideally placed to catch much of the moisture that Pacific winds carry across the British Columbia interior. Most of this precipitation falls as snow; up to 7 metres a year! The Athabasca is the most-visited glacier on the North American continent. Situated across from the Icefield Centre, its ice is in continuous motion, creeping forward at the rate of several centimeters per day. Spilling from the Columbia Icefield over three giant bedrock steps, the glacier flows down the valley like a frozen, slow-moving river. Because of a warming climate, the Athabasca Glacier has been receding or melting for the last 125 years. Losing half its volume and retreating more than 1.5 kms, the shrinking glacier has left a moonscape of rocky moraines in its wake. Caution - The glacier is dangerous! People have been killed falling into deep, hidden cracks called crevasses in the glacier. For your safety do not cross the barriers. No camping or overnight parking allowed.

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Lat: 52.221466 Lng: -117.23834

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2MonthsInCanada

No matter what it is, you can stop and you have a nice view ;-)

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User 22096

It's a viewpoint from my point of view.

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Alex1987ms

Not a viewpoint, just stop at the side of the street.

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