Athabasca Glacier Featured on Bing Homepage

The search engine always features interesting photos from around the world on its homepage each day.

Yesterday’s (September 3rd) image featured a picture of the Athabasca Glacier, part of the Columbia Icefield in Jasper National Park.

The photograph was taken be renowned photographer Steve Vidler who specializes in stock photography from around the world.  Vidler has traveled the world taking photos for over 40 years (a good interview with him is here).

Given the size and color of the  building, I’m guessing the photo is from the 1980s or at least pre-1996.  In those older days, the building was home to a Jasper hotel known as the Columbia Icefield Chalet.

Athabasca Glacier on homepage

Athabasca Glacier Featured on Homepage

The building has since been updated.  Today you’ll find it home to the Icefield Information Centre, museum, restaurants and the 32-room Glacier View Inn.

I’m no Steve Vidler, but here’s a picture of the Icefield Information Center from July, 2010.

Columbia Icefield Information Centre

Columbia Icefield Information Centre

When Steve Vidler shot the picture featured on Bing, he must have been standing on the somewhere up high in the hill behind the building.

Another thing I noticed was that the Athabasca Glacier has receded since Vidler’s picture – as the glacier seems to do every year.  Someday it will be gone.  If you want to learn about the retreating Athabasca Glacier, an article on the entitled “The alarming redefinition of ‘glacial’” provides a good overview.

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1 comment to Athabasca Glacier Featured on Bing Homepage

  • Hi. Last summer we had visitors from Nigeria and we took them on a mountain tour. I am creating a photo memory album on Shutterfly. We stopped at the Columbia Icefield Information Centre. Your web page includes a photo of the Centre with the long steps leading up to it from the parking lot. It is a scene they will remember well. I did not take a photo of this scene. Unfortunately we arrived at the Centre on July 1 and it was packed. I had not realized I could book ahead, so we missed the glacier tour. However, this photo, along with a few others I took, would be a good memory for them, since they walked those long stairs and at least saw the glacier. So I am requesting you approval to use the photo.

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