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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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  • Very good34%
  • Average22%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible5%
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Hwy 93 | 60 kms south of Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-852-6288
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Reviewed 11 October 2017

The stop here provided a welcome break, you can driver up closer to the Glacier area and then return here to have a rest and food, but be warned it get so packed with tourist buses it can be a nightmare, the line up's and...More

Thank TimboAU1
Reviewed 10 October 2017 via mobile

We visited the Athabasca Glacier and where taken aback at the spectacle in front of us when we finally got up close after a short hike, just standing there taking in nature at its best was breathtaking.

Thank jimjeffrey10
Reviewed 6 October 2017

The Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre is a nice rest stop and starting point for all the activities you need to do at the Columbia Icefields and the Athabasca Glacier. The Centre is a nice place to get a meal, use washrooms, book tours and get...More

Thank Chaitanya S
Reviewed 29 September 2017

Even though we got to the Visitor's center a little after 10:00 in the morning our tickets for the glacier were for 3:00 that afternoon. In the past you could buy tickets for just the glacier but now they require you to package the Skywalk...More

Thank 958toddk
Reviewed 26 September 2017

This is a very commercial center with tours available, a restaurant, a cafe, and a gift shop. It is well organized to move visitors thru and allow them to buy an experience time on the glacier. There is ample parking.

Thank Cherie P
Reviewed 24 September 2017

I went as part of a coach tour, we were transported on a sort of 'go anywere tractor' and when I got off I expected it to be slippery but no need to be nervous, it was a great experience.

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Reviewed 16 September 2017

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 16 September 2017

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 15 September 2017

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 14 September 2017 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
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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