|One of the highlights of the Icefields Parkway
is the sprawling Athabasca Glacier and Columbia Icefields.
Well-equipped hikers often venture out onto the glacier, which can be
extremely dangerous for the novice, due to deep crevasses in the ice.
Snow vehicles provide less adventurous tourists with a safer
experience. This glacier is in retreat, and has moved back a long way
from its extent when I first visited it in 1971, the spot from where
this photo was taken. Markers show the glacier's reach in previous
© 2002 Richard McGuire