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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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A Cold Day

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 13, 2015
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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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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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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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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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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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Port Rowan, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

End of season, lots of junk. Who looks for a clown fish or shark teeth at the Columbia Ice Fields???? Clearly selling to the Pacific market. Bottled water, $4 RIGHT BESIDE A GLACIER....nothing for 100 km so they charge what they charge. You kind of feel like you have to stop there...but don't. It is better to starve or die... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

The icefields are amazing. We have motorcycled through several times. Sometimes the weather can get you. We saw grizzlies off the side of the road not far away once. The facility can be dirty, crowded, overpriced. Just like so many national park areas in the US and Canada. But it is informative and worthwhile I think. These glaciers are retreating.... More 

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