Our destination was the Athabasca Glacier in the midst of the Columbia Icefield.
What a marvelous ride it was..
In the photo below you can see the Glacier just behind our heads…
The glacier currently recedes at a rate of about 5 metres (16 ft) per year and has receded more than 1.5 km (0.93 mi) in the past 125 years and lost over half of its volume.
The glacier moves down from the Icefield at a rate of several centimeters per day, leaving behind mounds of crushed rock…
The leading edge of the glacier is within easy walking distance; however, travel onto the glacier is not recommended unless properly equipped.
Hidden crevasses have led to the deaths of unprepared tourists.
YIKERS………….we best take the bus!
We went to the Icefield Interpretive Centre, and purchase tickets to take the Terra Bus out onto the Glacier.
These are fantastic vehicles and the only ones in existence are here on the Icefield and in the Antarctica.
The Athabasca Glacier is surveyed each day in order to ensure that it is safe for our excursion onto its surface….
No matter the age of the individual, once upon the Glacier, we all become curious youngsters…..
We had a grand time visiting the Glacier and will have those marvelous memories for all time…
As I write this post we are back at home in Texas and it is 103 degrees and the memories are most wonderful!
Thank you for taking the time to join us.