Alberta, Canada

Icefields Center
Trip Day Sixteen: June 27, 2000

Tree Clumps
These small clumps of Engelmann spruce all began life almost 150 years ago after the Athabasca Glacier began its retreat. Even today the galcier's cooling influence hinders the growth of plants. Short summers and harsh, cold winter winds slow the growth of plants and the soil building process.

Yes, there are a lot of stairs!

Your only alternative is to become handicapped or come on a tour bus.
There is a l-o-n-n-n-g ramp marked for handicapped.

It's 9 AM, and one bus load of tourists from Hawaii have already arrived. We joined with their group to take the shuttle bus out to the edge of the glacier where we transferred to a custom designed sno-coach for the glacier tour.

Little A Glacier

We're on our way to see the glacier. We will take the road you see in the lower right corner of the picture to the top of a lateral moraine where the sno-coaches wait.
To see the Athabasca Glacier Map click the appropriate button below.

Page last updated August 5, 2000.