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Address: Hwy 93 | 60 kms south of Jasper, Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
Phone Number: +1 403-852-6288
Description: 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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Base camp for tours, visitors centre.

All tours depart from the visitors centre,good food, souvenir shop, amenities. Plenty of car park, information and great views. Good place for a pit stop even if not taking a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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Fingal Bay, Australia
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Fingal Bay, Australia
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43 reviews 43 reviews
28 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

All tours depart from the visitors centre,good food, souvenir shop, amenities. Plenty of car park, information and great views. Good place for a pit stop even if not taking a tour.

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Bewdley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

A great place to stop and take in the view but ideally you need to give yourself enough time to take a snow coach rid up onto the glacier to get the most out of the stop.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

We purchased tickets from the U.S. prior to visit. Stopped in on our way from Banff to Jasper. This was in October of 2014. It was a cold windy day with small lines. They drive you to the Glacier where you can take pictures and walk around close to the vehicle. If you have never seen a Glacier up close,... More 

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Basildon, United Kingdom
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

this is avery very busy but good visitors centre with plenty of parking and some great views of the glacier. be prepared for lots and lots of steps though (not sure where the disabled access ig) but the queues are insane, well managed but very long. some informative areas but you come mainly for the view and the walks

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Southport, North Carolina, Usa
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43 reviews 43 reviews
21 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

If you absolutely have to say that you have walked on a glacier, then go ahead and pay more money than it is worth, wait in long lines and deal with the crowds, but frankly all of the views in this part of the word are spectacular and in some respects it is more impressive to see the glacier from... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This a very interesting site with lots of interesting things to do and see. The ice field I'd spectacular and the nearby sky walk bridge and site is really exciting to experience

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Edmonton, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

loved seeing this place again as its quite striking to see such a wonder, but also sad as it has melted quite a bit from when we were there 10 years ago which is really scary

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Took the bus tour to the Columbia Glacier. It was cool x 10 The bus is cool. The steep ride to the glacier is cool. The glacier is cold but realy realy realy coooool! If you are ever in Jasper Alberta it is an hour down the ice feilds parkway but well worth the drive. You can also do the... More 

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

The Visitor Centre gies you a good overview of the Columboa Icefields including a scale model of the icefields themselves. Well worth taking a walk around.

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Melbourne Australia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Practically a compulsory stop on the Icefields Parkway. We thought we would have lunch here. The first concern we had was the amount of steps to navigate to enter the building. As I had a bad bronchial illness at the time, I found the steps very difficult to climb, having to stop and rest often. We could not see any... More 

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