We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre

Hwy 93 | 60 kms south of Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-852-6288
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Jasper to Banff One-Way Tour
More Info
and up
Ice Explorer Glacier Tour and Glacier Skywalk
More Info
and up
Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Calgary
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
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.
  • Excellent29%
  • Very good33%
  • Average22%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“the bus” (60 reviews)
Hwy 93 | 60 kms south of Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-852-6288
Write a Review
Reviews (863)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 748 reviews

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The glacier is very beautiful but I feel sad to see that the centre, that should protect it, is the one who make the most of it to earn money and causing the retreat of the glacier. They should allow many less people at day...More

Thank Amrod_x
Reviewed 2 days ago

This was one of the highlights of our trip to Banff and Jasper. We spent half an hour on the glacier, filled our water bottle with melting glacier water, that was so cool. Our driver said the ice was about 800 feet thick. A memorable...More

Thank Segar925
Reviewed 2 days ago

After a week traveling in Canada ive learned not to expect much. The center is nice if a bit crowded. You can book tours from here to the icefield etc. There is a gift shop a fast food place and a deck you can sit...More

Thank Sean E
Reviewed 3 days ago

My husband and I enjoyed this tour greatly! Pick up was on time, bus driver Tim and guide, Nichole were great, friendly, and knowledgeable. The trip was organized and efficient. The scenery of course was spectacular and we found the ride up and onto the...More

Thank sauerwein30
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My 4th time here but first time with kids in tow (8 and5). It wasn't easy but we got up and rolling early from kicking horse campground. We were aiming for earlier but arrived at 9:15 and booked a 10am tour of the glacier. "Geo"...More

Thank You G
Reviewed 6 days ago

Not very organized for the tours but the deck was great and the picnic areas weren't bad. Gift shop was average but a good place to get warmer clothes if needed

Thank Shane D
Reviewed 6 days ago

It's a fine place to stop for a stretch and maybe an overpriced snack, but don't expect much information. We were hoping to learn about the formation of the mountains and glaciers, but will have to look elsewhere. Mostly it's a place for purchasing tickets...More

Thank Pat P
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I arrived by car about 11:15AM and the centre was already very busy with tourists such as ourselelves as well as those arriving by motor coach. My wife and I wanted to take the glacier tour and lined up at the Parks...More

1  Thank Aloha2Go
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The glacier tour was amazing. It was definitely a must see in the Banff/Jasper area. Make sure you bring a sweater because it is cold on the ice. We drank the beautiful clear water flowing in the glacier as well. My kids loved it too!

Thank Susie B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The centre is well organised well staffed with people from around the world. The car park got a little crazy at about lunch time. So I'd recommend aiming for a morning-ish visit if you can. Loads of bus tours come in. The language barrier becomes...More

Nearby Restaurants
The Crossing Cafe
109 reviews
42.19 km away
Mt Wilson Restaurant
1 reviews
42.34 km away
Endless Chain Ridge Dining Room
16 reviews
46.61 km away
Maligne Lake's View Restaurant
122 reviews
65.22 km away
Nearby Attractions
Columbia Ice Field
3,420 reviews
6.09 km away
Athabasca Glacier
583 reviews
.13 km away
Glacier Skywalk
885 reviews
7.43 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
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|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
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
9 September 2016|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
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
11 August 2016|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
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