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Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre

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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...more
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Hwy 93 | 60 kms south of Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 877-423-7433
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Reviewed 12 December 2018

The discovery centre is where you board the bus that takes you to the lower icefield bus depot where you transfer to the large ice vehicles. Shops, cafe and toilets are available

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank 155richard81
Reviewed 20 October 2018

The discovery center is aimed mainly at the tourist buses full of "take a selfie move on to the next attraction" folk, but it's still worth a stop.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank ccrowe3
Reviewed 17 October 2018

Check out the great views of the Columbia Icefield Glacier. Store was good for lots of souveniers. Bathrooms were nicely cared for.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank sandramerwin
Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

We mostly spent time here waiting for our tour. They manage to move an amazing amount of people around pretty well . We Got A good breakfast at the cafe before Conquering the glacier - yummy potatoes- good service. Well kept restrooms and lots of...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Bethk1964
Reviewed 14 October 2018

Family holiday visit during unseasonal adverse weather when the place was bustling and busy, but we left feeling that we had been 'processed' rather than welcomed. Attraction / ride prices high. Souvenir shops OK and of interest but again a bit pricey. Highlight of the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Alan M
Reviewed 10 October 2018 via mobile

I downloaded Tripadvisor app to rate this place 1/5, it was that bad. So full of tourists & the staff was rude and food was bad. The view was nice and you kind of have to stop there because there are not that many places...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Henriikkahuhanantti
Reviewed 9 October 2018

The Althabasca Glacier and the Glass Walk are both amazing. i was bowled over looking at the size of the tyres of the bus that took me to the glacier. i started from Banff Fairmont and via Lake Louie, the bus drove into the icefield...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Hemant C
Reviewed 6 October 2018

If you are booked onto a tour to the Athabasca glacier then this is where they leave from. Therefore it is very busy. We also ate here - queues were long, but we waited as wanted the chilli con carne on a cold June day...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Tracy166
Reviewed 2 October 2018

The discovery centre downstairs is worth the stop (and it's free!). The glacier tour is fine but very expensive and skywalk is absolutely not worth the price. You can pull over and have just as nice a view on the side of the road. The...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Jessica D
Reviewed 29 September 2018

This is a focal point for masses of tourists, us included, making the trip between Banff and Jasper, but for good reason. The location is simply stunning with towering snow capped mountains and I believe five glaciers in view if you stand in the right...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Philip C
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clarkb54
31 July 2018|
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Response from DLCAlberta | Reviewed this property |
Just thought I’d add that today, Hwy 22 has snow!!! Be sure to watch the weather.
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clarkb54
31 July 2018|
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That sounds great. Google says it’s a 4 hour drive but it will take longer because you will continually stop in awe! Perhaps take in the hot springs at Radium, right on 93. Coming along 93 toward the AB BC border ups... More
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clarkb54
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Response from DLCAlberta | Reviewed this property |
Forgot to mention: speed limits are lowered in the national parks, at times down to 70 kph where there is usually wildlife but normally 90 kph.
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