Essential Travel Experience #2 – Walking on a Glacier

      Walking on a glacier is certainly one of the most memorable activities that a traveler can do. Imagine being that close to one of nature’s most powerful geological forces. Lee & I walked on a glacier in Banff National Park, Canada. The particular location was known as Icefield Central, on the Icefields Parkway which leads from Banff to Jasper, Alberta.  

Walking on the Columbia Icefield

       We also got very close to glaciers on our Alaska cruise, both at Glacier Bay National Park and in College Fjord.

Margerie Glacier


Yale Glacier

    And, of course, we visited Glacier National Park, in Montana, which is named for these impressive examples of geology. Unfortunately, Glacier National Park is losing its glaciers, a trend that is alarming scientists around the world. They point to this trend as a sure sign of Global Warming! We did see a number of glaciers at the park, but we did not get close to them.

Glacier and Mountain Scenery

     There are visible glaciers near the tops of many mountains. Just a few examples are pictured below:

Mount Rainier

Lake Louise


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