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Columbia Ice Field
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Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Jasper
Reviewed July 13, 2013

This is one of those experiences that you do simply because you may never again have the opportunity to walk on a glacier. It's not as if you see so much more once you are up there and, honestly, ice is ice. The ride is well run, the guides are humorous and the wait times weren't too bad. The "ice explorer buses" leave every 15-30 minutes and there seemed to be fewer people in the afternoon than in the morning. You don't buy tickets for a particular time, you just stand in line. As for the price, one way to keep it manageable is to avoid all those places in Banff and Jasper that want to sell you a package that includes transportation to the Ice Field Center. Unless you don't have a car, there's no reason to take a bus there. Ice Field Highway is an excellent road and it's a beautiful drive.

One thing that wasn't mentioned in any of the literature we saw is that the Ice Field Center itself is being renovated so all the informative information about glaciers, etc, has been removed. That was sort of a downer since we were hoping the kids could learn about glaciers. The exhibits won't return until 2014.

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Reviewed July 12, 2013

The drive into here is fantastic and at every corner there is a new vista. The ice fields centre has trips in gigantic buses that drive you onto the actual glacier and you can walk about for around half an hour, although in a somewhat limited space. The ice at this point is deeper than the Eiffel Tower is tall! The bus onto the ice is very reasonably priced and the operation is very slick, we had minimal waiting time.
It is cold on the glacier so study shoes ,gloves , hat and a coat are essential items.
It is well worth the cost , don't drive by without taking part!

Thank andrew w
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

The view all the way to this glacier area from Banff is absolutely breath taking! The mountains surround you and you want to stop every few minutes to take pictures of the views!
The ice field trip was great-the weather was perfect on the day we went. The ride up to the glacier is so interesting as the guide in the vehicle explains everything adding humor and fun to the day-along with the bus drivers. They all seem to love their jobs!
The restaurant afterwards had hot soup which tasted so good after being up in the mountains where it was cool but refreshing!
A must to see if you go to Jasper area.

Thank nurse4death
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

Very interesting sites & so much fun to be hiking while also very bundled up. It's cold near the glacier, so wear many layers & definitely a hat that can take the wind.

Thank Cinnne
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

Definitely worth the admission fee. Long drive from Banff but there is some seriously beautiful scenery on the way. The centre is decent. Snack bar and good facilities. The drivers were both informative and entertaining. (Bob driving the coach and Danny driving the ice explorer). Once out there on the actual ice is an amazing feeling. Take something warm. Get one of the packages to (Gondola, Lake Louise boat and ice explorer) save a bit of cash.

Thank Jiten M
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