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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
Phone Number: +1 403-852-6288
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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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US$64.15*
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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... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 October 2016
Veera P
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Edison, New Jersey
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Mumbai (Bombay)
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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 

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Vail, Colorado
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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 

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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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Apache Junction, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

We took the deluxe glacier hike and spent nearly 7 hours on the glacier. It was amazing. Hike not for everyone. I'm 67 and in great shape. Hike was not an issue with me but I was the old guy. I would never had waisted my money on the bus. We saw and did exactly what we needed to and... More 

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Marysville, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This is a very busy place; even if the weather is marginal. We drove from Banff through ever changing weather. Bad at times but the drive has to be one of the best in all of North America. The center is well managed and offers several unique experiences. Take both the skyview and the glacier tours. Well worth it. I... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

It was undoubtedly an unforgettable experience to go out onto the Glacier on the snow buses, when the sky is blue and the temperature not too cold. Yes were there loads of tourists, but they were moved around efficiently. Our snow bus driver had a particularly dark and dry sense of humour, which added to the experience..especially when some of... More 

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