Mother of all rivers-Wannian Columbia Glacier/Athabasca Glacier Columbia Icefield (Columbia Icefield), located at the junction of British Columbia and Alberta, Canada. It is the largest ice field in the Rocky Mountains and one of the most accessible glaciers in North America. Because its main accumulation area is located in the continental divide, it is called the mother of rivers. As the remains of the ice field during the Quaternary Ice Age, the ice of the glacier is so dense that sunlight cannot be refracted, it will present a crystal clear blue light, which is very magnificent under a clear sky. The snowmelt flows from this to the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Arctic Sea. It is a natural treasure formed after four ice ages. A glacier is a snow track that slides from the bottom of the ice sheet to the slope due to gravity. It carries heavy materials such as ice, snow and rocks, so the speed is very slow. The seven-kilometer Athabasca Glacier travels only about seven meters in a year, so it may take hundreds of years, even thousands of years, for ice and snow to flow from the ice sheet to the lower end of the glacier. Taking a helicopter to overlook this huge glacier that has lasted for thousands of years is a rare experience of a lifetime. Or take the specially designed "Iceland Explorer" all-terrain tourist bus (1 million Canadian dollars per bus) to set foot on the six-kilometer-long Athabasca Glacier, and get a glimpse of the beauty. Note: The glacier is only open in summer. Tickets for the snowfield bus on the glacier are not easy to buy. If you buy it online, you need to book a good time. If you buy it on the spot, you will probably be queued far behind: the tickets we bought at 2pm can only buy tickets for 5pm. If the waiting time is long, you can ask the ticket clerk to arrange a tour of the "Glacier Canyon Glass Path" first to kill some time.
Set foot on this ancient glacier: Athabasca Glacier In Jasper National Park (Improvement District No. 12), we set foot on the Athabasca Glacier, this glacier is roaring with wind and snow all year round. It is said that the snow and ice here have been deposited for 8000 years. , The cascading snow peaks are shrouded in clouds and mist, giving us a feeling of transcending time. Unforgettable experience: We have seen many honeymoon lovers here. Perhaps everyone is looking forward to making love last longer under the witness of this ancient glacier. If you choose to take a helicopter or a large-wheeled snowmobile and watch this stunning glacier from a different perspective, you will also get more shocking experience. The most memorable experience for us is to taste the ice cubes under the ice and snow. It is said that these ice cubes may be as long as 100,000 years, but they tasteless, which also shows the purity of this glacier. According to the guide, the glacier of Athabasca Glacier can only move about 7 meters a year, so the glacier we see now may have flowed down from the ice sheet thousands of years ago. It feels very strange! Note: Glacier trekking is a project that many friends who come here are eager to try. Prepare warm clothes and special equipment for glacier trekking before you can set foot on this glacier. We have seen many ice caves along the way, so we must choose trekking project. Follow the instructions of the glacier trekking guide (instructor).