This glacier is visible from the Icefields Parkway, and is part of the Columbia Icefield. It entirely covers Mount Kitchener’s summit.
Part of the Columbia Icefield, the Athabasca Glacier is the most accessible and therefore most visited glacier in North America. This 6 km (4 mi) long slab of ice is found right across the Columbia Icefield Visitors' Centre where many icefield tours depart from. The Athabasca Glacier is made up of ancient ice that slowly moves down and melts creating water for three rivers in Alberta that eventually drain into the Pacific, Arctic, and Atlantic Oceans.
The largest glacier on the Columbia Icefield, the Saskatchewan Glacier is roughly 13 km (8 mi) long and covers an area of 30 sq km (11.5 sq mi). Visitors may get up-close to this glacier via snowcoach tours, which allow patrons to walk on this ancient slab of ice. The glacier varies in depth from 90 m (295 ft) to 300 m (984 ft).
Visible from the Icefields Parkway, this glacier descends from Snow Dome Mountain, whose summit is entirely covered by the Columbia Icefield. The glacier is about 30 m (98 ft) thick.
Stretching 325 sq km (125 sq mi) across the Continental Divide, this extensive field of ice features six major glaciers and reaches an estimated depth of 365 m (1,299 ft). The Columbia Icefield feeds the Columbia, Mackenzie and Saskatchewan rivers, and its meltwaters flow into the Pacific, Arctic and Atlantic oceans. It is one of only two hydrological apexes in the world that feeds three oceans. Tours, including icewalks, are available from spring through fall.
From this point, view the Sunwapta River, an excellent example of a braided river. The valley bottom is filled with sand and gravel spreading the river across the valley floor in interlacing channels. The Stutfield Glacier features a picturesque pair of ice falls which spill down the face of Mount Stutfield. Located 95 km (59.3 mi) south of Jasper and 135 km (84.3 mi) north of Lake Louise.