We actually visited the Athabasca Glacier for the first time two years ago, took our chances and walked around on it. Returning this year, the glacier appeared to have changed quite a bit - it looked flatter, the river was larger, and walking on it was no longer tolerated, except on tours. So instead of exploring on top of the glacier - we wandered around the moraines spotting beautiful scene after beautiful scene.
I think this set of photographs may be my absolute favorite from our entire two week road trip through the Canadian Rockies this year. Could be because most of these were taken with a beautiful Carl Zeiss lens we borrowed from BorrowLenses.