The Athabasca Glacier can be found in the Rocky Mountains in Alberta, Canada. It's a part of the Columbia Icefield, which has 8 major glaciers.
Glaciers around the world have been retreating since the end of the last ice age, and the Athabasca Glacier is no different, having retreated over 1.5 kilometers in the last 125 years. The glacier is within walking distance from the highway and on your way up to it, you can see signs posted showing where the glacier's tip has been over time.
I filmed these scenes around and on the glacier as a part of my summer vacation, where we travelled all across North America, seeing some pretty amazing sights. If you visit the Athabasca Glacier, like I did, I don't encourage anybody to walk on it. There are signs warning people about the dangers of hidden crevasses & parts of the glacier that suddenly give way and break off. These dangers are all too real. People having died while walking on the glacier, and their bodies never recovered, due to the dangers present. Just because I did something risky doesn't mean you should too. Please stay safe and appreciate its beauty from a distance.
Dedicated to Rhonda, who's been my constant encouragement.
Filmed on August 8th, 2013 on my Canon XA10.