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“Free parking and views of the glacier”

Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 29 June 2018

We stopped here for a look at the glacier in the distance. Free parking was good. After getting some photos of the glacier from the car park, we decided to venture into the info centre, mainly for the toilets. It was pretty busy in there, so we found the nearest exit for more elevated views of the glacier, got some more shots then left. We noticed they had a cafe/bar etc with indoor and outdoor seating, but we didn't buy anything there. Spent about 15 minutes there all up.

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Reviewed 29 June 2018 via mobile

Great information centre , lots of things to look at and learn, small cinema (touching film), Overall Great but ,Cafe and Souvenir shop are very expensive

Thank JimNurse
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Reviewed 28 June 2018

The Discovery Centre has a great view of the glacier/icefield. There is a restaurant, a cafe, a gift shop and a hotel. The Ice Explorer tour leaves from there - worth taking. To avoid the huge amount of steps going to the Centre take the trail to the left of the steps.

Thank Sue R
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Reviewed 25 June 2018

The Discovery Centre is one of the worst places we have ever stopped in a National Park. Bus loads of people are here, buying tickets for the skywalk and glacier walk. It felt like and looked like a major metro airport on a holiday weekend. Lines everywhere, people pushing and shoving to get where they needed to go. Parks Canada has a small counter there with information, but really you are much better off stopping at a visitor center in Banff, Lake Louise, or Jasper. This was a terrible disappointment.

Thank Ride A H
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Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile

Stopped for a quick lunch and decided to check out the informational video showing in the downstairs. It was so terrible I felt the need to Comment. No dialogue or words at all, just a story thru time that one more or less had to try to figure out. Suggestion - don't get so 'cute'...just provide needed information please

Thank yaugie
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