QUIRKY TAKES A RIDE
PREETI VERMA LAL TAKES A DETOUR FROM THE STRAIGHT AND THE NARROW
WALKING ON AN ICE FIELD, ALBERTA
Bundle up in woolies. Wear the ear muff. Hold on to your nerves, for the 13-minute ride to the largest ice field in the Canadian Rockies is full of sudden turns, sharp inclines, dangerous bends and falling rocks. There’s the Athabasaca glacier where the snow is as thick as the Eiffel Tower is tall. And this is no mere photo-op. The snow sheet is treacherous; the ice cracks massive, but you get to walk on the largest ice mass south of the Arctic Circle. Whoop!
Getting there: Book a tour of the ice field on www.explorerockies.com. The ice field is closed during severe winter.
Adventure enthusiasts prepare to walk across the Columbian icefields which sprawl across 325 sq km