If youâ€™ve never gone on a roadside glacier RV trip, now is the time to do it. You donâ€™t need a ton of vacation time and you don’t even have to travel far from the U.S border. Three of North Americaâ€™s best roadside glacier viewpoints are closer than you think.
It’s Time for a Roadside Glacier RV Trip
Visit a drive-up glacier on your next summer vacation! Image: LiveWorkDream.com
Western North American glaciers are shrinking four times faster than just ten years ago, according to a December 2018 study released in Geophysical Research Letters, a publication of the American Geophysical Union. â€œAnthropogenic warming is expected to drive continued mass loss from alpine glaciers throughout the remainder of this century,â€� the study says.
In other words, take a roadside glacier RV trip now before itâ€™s too late. Here are three glaciers you can visit, even on a short vacation.
Your First Stop: The Athabasca Glacier, Banff National Park
The Athabasca Glacier near Jasper. Image: LiveWorkDream.com
Drive 9 hours north from Great Falls, Montana and youâ€™ll get an up close look at the Athabasca Glacier. It’s the largest surviving icefield in the Canadian Rockies and you’ll agree it’s a majestic site. Presently the walk-up glacier is about 3.7 mi long and estimated to be 90â€“300 metres (300â€“980 ft) thick.
Camp across from Athabasca Glacier. Image: LiveWorkDream.com
Located about 60 miles south of the town of Jasper and midway between Jasper and Banff National Parks, the Athabasca Glacier is also the most visited ice field in North America. Thousands of tourists head to this Columbia Icefields attraction to experience the massive glacier that melts at a rate of about 16 feet (5 meters) a year.
If You Go:
For a nominal charge you can dry camp across the highway, at the Columbia Icefields Visitor Centre parking lot. Located just a mile or so from
René M. Agredano