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Columbia Icefields

Perhaps my favourite area in the Canadian Rockies, the Columbia Icefields region is home to many of the range's tallest peaks and dozens of glaciers and is situated at the southern tip of Jasper National Park near its border with Banff. Whether scrambling many of the great objectives to the east, ascending one of the countless worthy mountaineering objectives to the west, or just enjoying an easier hike at the Nigel or Wilcox Passes, this is a region that amazes no matter where you go.

Reports from this Region

A waterfall along Beauty Creek in Jasper National Park
Beauty Creek & Stanley Falls

– Max. Elev. 1,687 m / 5,535ft. –

Hilda Peak summit with Mt. Athabasca in the background.
Hilda Peak

– Max. Elev. 3,058 m / 10,033ft. –
Scrambling / Climbing

Mt. Athabasca at Dawn
Mount Athabasca

– Max. Elev. 3,497 m / 11,473ft. –
Mountaineering / Scrambling

Wilcox Pass from near the summit of Mt. Wilcox
Mount Wilcox

– Max. Elev. 2,884 m / 9,462ft. –
Scrambling / Hiking

Gazing beyond Nigel Pass into the Brazeau River Valley
Nigel Pass

– Max. Elev. 2,195 m / 7,201ft. –

Climbing the impressive summit ridge of Nigel Peak in Jasper National Park
Nigel Peak

– Max. Elev. 3,219 m / 10,561ft. –
Scrambling / Mountaineering

Dawn Breaks Upon Mt. Athabasca and Hilda Peak
Nigel Peak South

– Max. Elev. 3,025 m / 9,925ft. –
Scrambling / Hiking

Tangle Ridge from the Icefields Parkway in Jasper National Park
Tangle Ridge

– Max. Elev. 3,000 m / 9,843ft. –
Hiking / Scrambling

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