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Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre

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Address: Hwy 93 | 60 kms south of Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
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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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Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Calgary

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This is where you purchase tickets to go to the glacier and to do the skywalk. The facility is well kept and very clean despite being very busy. There are large washrooms and on... read more

Reviewed 16 April 2017
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Please please please replace the tattered Canadian flag, perhaps with a bigger one that would look so beautiful against the stunning backdrop

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Thank Jody H
Steve M, Director Guest Experience at Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre, responded to this review

Jody H Thank your for your feedback. We experienced some very strong winds up at the Icefield last week that unfortunately did a number on our Canadian Flag and as such are in the process of having it replaced. Steve McFadden Director Guest Experience Pursuit Collection/Brewster Travel Canada More 

Edmonton, Canada
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Reviewed 16 April 2017

This is where you purchase tickets to go to the glacier and to do the skywalk. The facility is well kept and very clean despite being very busy. There are large washrooms and on the second floor there are 2 restaurants with a nice sitting area outside which offers amazing views of the glacier and the Columbia icefields. Even if... More 

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Richland, Washington
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Reviewed 13 April 2017

Very Touristy and too congested with too many people I expected the Ice Fields to be much larger. We have vacationed at Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho, USA several times. Montana’s Clark Fork River feeds the lake. This is where the famous ice dams formed and ruptured several times flooding Eastern WA all way to Portland, OR. If you want to... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 6 April 2017

The visitor center is where you can get tickets for the bus to the glacier and the glass skywalk. There are some exhibits to see and a gift shop.

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washington dc
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Reviewed 18 March 2017

THIS IS ABOUT THE CENTER, NOT THE ICE EXPLORER ADVENTURE. FOR THAT, SEE SEPARATE REVIEWS CALLED COLUMBIA ICEFIELD GLACIER ADVENTURE. The Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Center is the BUILDING across from Athabasca Glacier. This is where you buy tickets for the ice explorer ride on the glacier (or better yet, on line in advance from Brewster Tours). The building has... More 

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Reviewed 14 March 2017

What an experience. A bus takes you from the Discovery Centre to the edge of the glacier where you get on a special ice vehicle to travel over the glacier itself. Once the vehicle stops at an appointed place, you can get out and walk on the glacier. Truly amazing. Good selection of food in the cafe here too. You... More 

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Los Angeles
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Reviewed 10 February 2017

I love this! We stay at the hotel where the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre is located. The bus took us across the street to the other side where we got onto the Big glacier mobile that took us into the ice road. The glacier bus is humongous! The wheel alone is about 6 feet tall. One the super big... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

The terrain around the glacier looks other-worldly - very stark and brown. -- very unique! Purchase your tickets across the road from the glacier and either walk to the edge of where the glacier stops or take 10 minute ride on a special glacier bus to actually walk on the glacier itself. After a 15-20 minute stay everyone is loaded... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed 10 January 2017

Short trip from the Discovery center by bus then special ice vehicles take you onto the glacier. Need to rug up because it is cold and the wind blows We did this trip as a package deal which I recommend also.

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Whittlesey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 December 2016

The Glaziers are disappearing rapidly, so if you want to see them do it soon. We toured the Ice Field Parkway over several days - yes some experiences are 'expensive' but remember this is a limited season and probably a once in a lifetime experience....Do it while you can.

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