A unique feature about the glacier is that it moves down several centimeters every day from the icefield. The Athabasca Glacier moves down to melt forming water for three rivers in the province of Alberta. These rivers drain into the Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic oceans. The glacier is easily accessible from the towns of Banff and Jasper. The initial edge of the glacier is within easy walking distance. People who wish to walk on the glacier should have appropriate gear and also with a guide who can properly take you on to the glacier.
To get a closer look of the glacier snow coaches and standard buses are available. Finding a Masjid and halal restaurants around Athabasca Glacier is difficult. Located just across the glacier is the Icefield Interpretive Centre that can be used for lodging and buying tickets for sightseeing on the glacier. Visitors are advised not to wander on the glacier as there are several hidden crevasses that can be dangerous.