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Athabasca Glacier

Icefield, Canadian Rockies

The Athabasca Glacier is situated in the Canadian Rockies and is the most visited glacier in North America. 

The Athabasca Glacier is approximately 3.7 miles long, covers an area of 2.3 sq miles, and is measured to be between 90–300 metres (300–980 ft) thick. The glacier currently recedes at a rate of about 5 metres (16 ft) per year and has lost over half of its volume in the past 125 years.

The leading edge of the glacier is within easy walking distance; however, travel onto the glacier is not recommended unless properly equipped. The best way to explore the Athabasca Glacier is aboard a specially designed snow coach, that is purpose built to travel over the steep grades, snow and ice, safely transporting visitors part the way up the glacier.

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