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Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre

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Address: Hwy 93 | 60 kms south of Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
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+1 403-852-6288

The Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre is a destination in itself....

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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You came this far, you gotta do it!

The terrain around the glacier looks other-worldly - very stark and brown. -- very unique! Purchase your tickets across the road from the glacier and either walk to the edge of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The terrain around the glacier looks other-worldly - very stark and brown. -- very unique! Purchase your tickets across the road from the glacier and either walk to the edge of where the glacier stops or take 10 minute ride on a special glacier bus to actually walk on the glacier itself. After a 15-20 minute stay everyone is loaded... More 

Thank Sue S
Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Short trip from the Discovery center by bus then special ice vehicles take you onto the glacier. Need to rug up because it is cold and the wind blows We did this trip as a package deal which I recommend also.

Thank Lylemate
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

The Glaziers are disappearing rapidly, so if you want to see them do it soon. We toured the Ice Field Parkway over several days - yes some experiences are 'expensive' but remember this is a limited season and probably a once in a lifetime experience....Do it while you can.

Thank RoyGerstner
Mumbai (Bombay)
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

Don't leave Jasper without a visit here. Its simply a treat for your eyes. Its not just snow that u get to see here but glacial ice that u can never imagine. Make sure u carry a good warm jacket, gloves and shoes if u wish to walk around the place. Its windy and cold even during the day. The... More 

Thank Rubina S
Vail, Colorado
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

The point of this place is mostly to sell incredibly over-priced food and to sell ridiculously expensive "excursions". If you're hoping to merely stop, use the bathroom, hopefully pick up SOMETHING about the park (honestly, print off all those materials you find online that you might want, because they aren't available at the park), and maybe grab a bite to... More 

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Cranbrook, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

good to visit this in the season between tourism and skiers. nothing is open but you still can access the glacier on foot and get great people free photos. wrap up warm it windy and cold.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Our family of four (2 adults and two kids,ages 7 and 10) were able to squeeze in a repeat visit to the icefields this year while visiting Jasper and Banff. We made it a couple days before the centre closed for the season and well worth the effort Our last visit was 4 years ago. This year, our tour bus... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

To visit the glacier, you must first park your car and buy your tickets at the Discovery Centre. Once you have tickets in hand, you are then loaded into a bus that drives you a few minutes towards the glacier and that bus then drops you off at a stop where you then climb on the big Icefields Explorer. Once... More 

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Edison, New Jersey
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

The glacier was covered with snow on the day of our visit. They take you in a regular bus for about 10 mins and then transfer you to a bus that runs on the glacier which is about 30mins drive to glacier. They drop you on the glacier and you can spend whatever time you want on the glacier. You... More 

Thank Veera P
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

The Icefield is a wonderful thing to see, but the Brewster tour is an expensive waste of money. They have a monopoly and they process you like cattle. It's very busy and I'm not sure that I believe there is no environmental cost. The skywalk is a total waste of time and money with much of it just over the... More 

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