Lake Louise Glaciers
Located just northwest of Lake Louise, this glacier is visible from the Icefields Parkway. It is part of the Wapta Icefield, which is located on the Continental Divide. The glacier is also a site for backcountry skiing.
This is one of more than 100 glaciers that can be seen along the Icefields Parkway. Years ago, this glacier resembled a crow's foot, with three large toe-like extensions. The lower "toe" of this foot has since receded so much that only two toes remain. The Crowfoot Glacier is located 197 km (123 mi) south of Jasper and 33 km (20.6 mi) north of Lake Louise.
Part of the Wapta Icefield, this glacierís meltwaters feed the turquoise-coloured Peyto Lake. The glacier is a two to three hour hike from the Peyto Lookout just off the Trans-Canada Highway.
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.
Found on the north slope of Mount Hector, this glacier extends northward for 3 km (1.9 mi). In the summer of 1938, a large part of this glacier cracked, 60 m (197 ft) thick, off and slid into the Molar Creek valley, destroying everything in its wake, causing hazardous conditions in the area.
Encompassing about 40 sq km (15 sq mi), this icefield is located on the Continental Divide between Banff and Yoho National Parks. Its melt waters feed several lakes and rivers including the Bow River on the eastern slope and the Kicking Horse River on the west.
Flowing from the Wapta Icefield and visible from the Icefields Parkway, this glacier supplies melt water for Bow Lake and the Bow River. Now heavily receded, the glacier was first visited in 1987 when the ice reached the base of the mountain.