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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