Crowfoot Glacier, Banff National Park

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Geologic Formation · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Crowfoot Glacier is located in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada, 32 km (20 mi) northwest of Lake Louise, and can be viewed from the Icefields Parkway. The glacier is situated on the northeastern flank of Crowfoot Mountain.

Crowfoot Glacier is east of the continental divide, and runoff from the glacier supplies water to the Bow River. The glacier has retreated since the end of the Little Ice Age and now has lost one entire lobe; it therefore no longer resembles the glacier which early explorers named.

The glacier was measured to be 1.5 km2 (0.58 miles²). The Crowfoot glacier was once connected to the Wapta Icefield, and in the 1980s and was considered to be part of a smaller icefield of 5 km2 (1.9 mi2).

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  • This looks just like a three-pronged crows foot. There are several viewpoints from the Icefields Parkway and pull offs to admire this glacier.  more »
  • We briefly stopped by the glacier site on our way to Jasper from banff. You can see the glacier really well from the roadside stop. The scenery is beautiful. We also stopped at nearby bow lake.  more »
  • Crowfoot Glacier is 20-miles NW of Lake Louise and is visible from the Icefields Parkway, which is where this photo was taken. This avoided the purchase of the Banff Park Pass. It lays on the flank of Crowfoot Mountain and it's run-off supplies the Bow River. When the early explorers first discovered it, it had three prongs, which gave it it's name. Over time, it has receded, and now there are only two prongs, but it still commands one's attention. The view looks at a vertical side of one of the prongs so several layers of ice, including blue, are visible.
  • the ice isnt soft enough to bite. it hurts my feet
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