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Icefield Centre

Hwy 93 | (60 kms south of Jasper, Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-852-6288
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Ranked #11 of 18 attractions in Jasper
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers
Owner description: The Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre is a destination in itself. The newly-renovated facility features the world-famous Glacier Adventure,... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Sydney, Australia
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187 reviews 187 reviews
156 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

I loved their little glacier exhibit. It was very informative, was well displayed and easy to understand. Some of the interactive displays were not working, I heard they're renovating so hopefully that will be fixed. If you are like me and want to understand the world around you I personally found their info centre great for that.

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London, United Kingdom
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41 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Avoid this if you can. Seems like such a random location and is really out of place. Ample parking for the hoards in the summer!

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Kolkata, India
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94 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

In order to reach the Athabasca Glacier on a snow coach, you need to visit this place to buy tickets (if they are already not bought by your tour organiser). The place is always choc-a-block with tourists waiting in long queues. The people at the counter are always smiling and are always willing to help you out should you face... More

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Medina, Ohio
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Not really necessary to enjoy the beauty of the glaciers. It was included with our tour so we went but people in gift shop were not that friendly. The Brewster bus driver was okay but we did not learn anything new. It was just about getting out and actually walking about on a glacier.

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Perth, Australia
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14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

When we visited the Icefield Centre in Oct, it was in the middle of a renovation which will undoubtedly improve the centre no end. But for the time that we visited, it was grossly inadequate for finding out anything about the Athabasca Glacier which is located directly over the road.

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Hamilton, Canada
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

I booked what I thought would be a small tour company and ended up on a brewster's bus with a guy who didn't know what he was talking about and made these really lame jokes. This is one of those things that you can tick off on your to do list to impress others. You spend about 20 minutes standing... More

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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

It was perhaps a bit pricey but overall a must do. We were there in the early fall and it wasn't too busy so that helped make it a pleasant experience as well. The trucks you go,out on are pretty cool and the guides seemed like a good bunch of kids. You don't get much time out there but it... More

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Irvine, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

The interpretive center was closed. We were very much looking forward to visiting the center, therefore, disappointed with this stop.

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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

Unless you intend to be a polar adventurer, this was a really neat way to experience a glacier. The bus tour was fun, not overwhelming but we had a great tour guide who brought the entire setting to life. If you're going there you need to take the bus; you'll see more than walking about.

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Woods Hole
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28 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

The view from this Centre is terrific and the opportunity to be on a glacier is worth the cost. The food at the center is lackluster maybe because we were there at the end of September and end of season. This is a "Do Not Miss"

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