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Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre

Hwy 93 | 60 kms south of Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-852-6288
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The Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre is a destination in itself. The newly-renovated facility features the world-famous Glacier Adventure, Glacier View Inn, restaurants, shopping and the Glacier Gallery interpretive exhibit. The Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre also offers ample parking and is the departure point for free shuttles that take visitors to and from the new Glacier Skywalk.
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  • Average21%
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“the bus” (61 reviews)
Hwy 93 | 60 kms south of Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-852-6288
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Middle of no-where and crowded, capitalising on the monopoly, sad to say. Free parking if you can get it will let you access the discover centre up a long flight of stairs. Disabled access to the southern side. A restauarant & eatery are there if...More

Thank CodyMav
Reviewed 4 days ago

Even though it was a busy holiday weekend, the Discover Centre was well organized for visitors. The parking lots are well marked and we were lucky to get a spot quite close to the centre in mid-day. We were able to get a good lunch...More

Thank CLwriter
Reviewed 5 days ago

It was July 7, 2017 when we were there. It was crowded. So, the impressions you might be left with depended upon what you chose to do. There were wait times for popular tours, but we didn't go on them. The walk up to the...More

Thank F4981JCmichaels
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Had an amazing time on the 'evening on the glacier' tour, hosted by SuperKyle. He made the tour very interesting and entertaining, and it's clear that he really loves his job. We were lucky enough to be the only group of 20 on the glacier....More

Thank tarara2016
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This Visitor Center is very crowded but it has a nice clean and extremely large bathroom and you can go downstairs to see an exhibit and film about the park. This is the starting off point for the glacier buses which are very expensive and...More

Thank panama2000
Reviewed 1 week ago

Did this about 10 days ago, good visibility considering how bad it was in other places. Had the most enthusiastic bus driver, Alec, who was great and the knowledgeable, funny and youthful Eve as snowmobile driver. They made it a great trip. Do bring elastic...More

Thank 12sue12_12
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the Snow Coach tour and the Skywalk. Our guide, Jordan, was great. Very personable and knowledgeable. The Snow Coach itself is pretty amazing, and imagine standing on a glacier! You have about 10 minutes to look around and take pictures. Very beautiful. I've...More

Thank Zimmy15601
Reviewed 1 week ago

The drive from Jasper to Lake Louise along the Icefield Parkway is through some of the most stunning mountain scenery in the world. Halfway along the route is the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre. It is worth a visit, the glass walkway is better than...More

Thank Trevor G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did the first tour of the day at 10 am so it wasn't crowded on the glacier itself. Our driver Pat (the Hoff) was funny and knowledgeable, great tour! Later we wanted to get something to eat at the discovery center. The line for...More

Thank Lisa S
Reviewed 1 week ago

We got here early (9:15) to get a closer parking spot and beat some of the crowds. Got on the first bus (10:00) and were the first to arrive on the glacier. Yeah, you just walk on a big block of ice about 800' thick,...More

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Hi, we have planned a trip to Calgary and staying in a vacation home, we have a car rental for the week. We plan to go Banff, Lake Lousie and up to Columbia Icefield and visit some of the sites along the Icefields Parkway (highway 93). We will have to return the same day back to Calgary. We know it will be a long day. We will leave early 6:00 AM. Do you think it would be better to drive straight to Columbia ice field and then enjoy the sites on the way back, or stop at some of the sites on the way and just get to Icefield when we get there before closing time. What do you think estimated day will be and being able to enjoy what there is to stop and see along the way. I know there will be plenty of traffic. If we didn't have a home rented we could drive one day and stay and come back the next. So any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
30 May 2017|
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Response from lexter266 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, it's difficult to say since I don't live in Canada. However, here're my points. 1. If you stop at places on the way and end up at Columbia Ice Field, it might be better. Lake Louise needs to be viewed during the day... More
8 September 2016|
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Response from SkywalkAntoine | Property representative |
Hello MandLTravellers, Thank you very much for your question. The Glacier Adventure now includes both the Ice explorer tour and the Glacier Skywalk. We recommend taking 2 hrs to 2 hrs and a half to do the tours. If you... More
Jody A
10 August 2016|
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Response from Robert T | Reviewed this property |
Do either, depending on the line-up at the registration centre, which could be huge. If you go to Jasper first get your tickets there, in advance, for your next day at the IceFields. The Tourist Info Centre in Jasper will... More