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Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre

Hwy 93 | 60 kms south of Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-852-6288
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US$ 187.12*
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Jasper to Banff One-Way Tour
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Ice Explorer Glacier Tour and Glacier Skywalk
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Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Calgary
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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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  • Very good34%
  • Average22%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible5%
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Hwy 93 | 60 kms south of Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-852-6288
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Reviewed 1 week ago

LARGE VISITOR CENTER WITH FREE PARKING The Icefield Discovery Centre was a welcome respite after the drive from Lake Louise, especially since it had started to snow quite a bit. Park in the free lot and make your way up the stairs into the Discovery...More

Thank lwew
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were a bit unlucky since the glacier was closed due to strong high winds with snowy conditions. However, we made it to the bottom of the glacier and had a great walk around. We also went to the Glacier Skywalk which is a little...More

Thank Mike S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visitor center is hugely lacking in educational resources. But has plenty of stuff to sell you in their two restaurants, gift shop, and disney-like price-gouging tourist attractions.

Thank armstrwa
Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

This is the place to stop for the glacier and skywalk attractions but oh so busy. The centre itself was very good showing the history of the glacier and has good facilities. It was very busy and booking a suitable time for the skywalk and...More

Thank Janice M
Reviewed 6 November 2017

As a centre this has promise, the information provided is good, the hot food was good, the cold food was a bit ordinary. The time taken to pay for the food was way too long - too few pay points, in the middle of a...More

Thank Pam B
Reviewed 1 November 2017

The discovery centre is where you buy your tickets to go out on the glacier, or the skywalk. This is where you will find a large gift shop, restaurants, outdoor seating, information boards about the glaciers, and some of the only flush toilets between Lake...More

Thank Lori034
Reviewed 1 November 2017

The Discovery Center is itself is great,its just that nearly everyone who passes through the icefield calls and stops here!The place just isn't big enough now! It caters for those who want bumpf and blurb on trails,maps,local attractions,events etc and caters for these things admirably,but...More

Thank IAN W
Reviewed 25 October 2017

Scenic self guided driving Tour , beautiful scenery at a leisurely pace, every turn in the road provides a different breathtaking vista and places to stop for fabulous photos and some off road exploring of canyons, walks etc.The drive from Banff to Jasper along the...More

Thank Becca532
Reviewed 24 October 2017

The drive from Banff to Jasper is doable all year, but the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre and its many operations (glacier tours, skywalk, restaurant and hotel) close mid October and re-open mid April. They have a huge parking area and pit toilets that are...More

1  Thank BenLar137
Reviewed 19 October 2017

After the awesome trip to the glacier,we were looking to sit down and have a rest and a bite to eat.Firstly, the toilets we had to queue for 10 minutes which was understandable with the crowds visiting the place. Lining up for food at the...More

Thank Johnston47
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Hi, we have planned a trip to Calgary and staying in a vacation home, we have a car rental for the week. We plan to go Banff, Lake Lousie and up to Columbia Icefield and visit some of the sites along the Icefields Parkway (highway 93). We will have to return the same day back to Calgary. We know it will be a long day. We will leave early 6:00 AM. Do you think it would be better to drive straight to Columbia ice field and then enjoy the sites on the way back, or stop at some of the sites on the way and just get to Icefield when we get there before closing time. What do you think estimated day will be and being able to enjoy what there is to stop and see along the way. I know there will be plenty of traffic. If we didn't have a home rented we could drive one day and stay and come back the next. So any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
31 May 2017|
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Response from lexter266 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, it's difficult to say since I don't live in Canada. However, here're my points. 1. If you stop at places on the way and end up at Columbia Ice Field, it might be better. Lake Louise needs to be viewed during the day... More
8 September 2016|
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Response from SkywalkAntoine | Property representative |
Hello MandLTravellers, Thank you very much for your question. The Glacier Adventure now includes both the Ice explorer tour and the Glacier Skywalk. We recommend taking 2 hrs to 2 hrs and a half to do the tours. If you... More
Jody A
10 August 2016|
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Response from Robert T | Reviewed this property |
Do either, depending on the line-up at the registration centre, which could be huge. If you go to Jasper first get your tickets there, in advance, for your next day at the IceFields. The Tourist Info Centre in Jasper will... More