Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre

52.220281, -117.22405


Mid April- Mid October

About Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre

Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre

Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre is the visitor’s centre, located opposite Columbia Icefield. The visitor’s centre building is a ‘Green’ building, with many environmentally friendly features.

The building completely shuts down in winter.

Columbia Icefield Centre also houses a small museum(discovery centre) and Glacier view inn.

What to do at Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre?

Things to do at Columbia Icefield visitor centre

See Columbia Icefield nestled on the foot of majestic Mount Athabasca.

Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre

Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre

Learn about glaciers, how they are formed and the impact of climate change on glaciers through interpretive displays and audio visual presentations.

Visit Parks Canada desk at the main level and get all the information you need for your Banff-Jasper Trip.

Get your tickets for Glacier Adventure and start your adventure here.

See the snowcoaches used to transport the visitors for the glacier walk/ice walk in an earlier era. Learn about the mechanics of how the coaches travel on ice through display boards.

Discovery Centre is also the departure/arrival point for the free shuttle that takes visitors to & from the Glacier Skywalk.

Stay in the Glacier View Inn.


How to get to Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre?

Columbia Icefield Visitors Centre Directions & Location

Located in Jasper National Park on the Icefields Parkway, 4 km from Sunwapta Pass , the Columbia Icefield Discovery centre is ~ 104 km from Jasper town, ~128 km from Lake Louise and 49 km from Saskatchewan river crossing. The visitors centre is located on the opposite side of the Columbia Icefield.

Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre

Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre

Click on the GPS cordinates below for Columbia Icefield Discovery centre map and directions.

GPS: 52.220281,-117.22405

More To Do in Canadian Rockies:

Icefields Parkway

Explore Banff National Park

How much to visit Columia Icefield Discovery Centre?


Included in National Park Admission fee.

Glacier view Inn rate: 209++. Taxes not included.

When to visit Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre?

columbia visitors centre

Columbia Visitors Centre

Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre Hours

April 15 to October 29, 2017| Daily

For Parks Canada Visitor Centre Hours in Discovery Centre

April 15 to October 15, 2017

April 15 to May 18, 2017 | 10:30 am to 3:30 pm

May 19 to September 24, 2017 | 10 am to 5 pm

September 25 to October 15, 2017 | 10:30 am to 3:30 pm

Phone: 780-852-6288

What about Discovery Centre Amenities, Accessibilty & Parking?

Parking available. Picnic tables. Restaurant & Cafe.

Icefields Centre Hotel – Glacier view Inn (closed in Winter – November to May)

Gift shop. Wheel chair accessible.

Click on the pictures below to know more about other attractions along Icefields Parkway

sunwapta falls Icefields parkway Jasper

Sunwapta Falls, Icefields parkway Jasper


Athabasca Falls, Icefields Parkway

Posted in Attractions, History & Culture, Monuments & Buildings and Museums

2 Tips for your trip!

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  1. Dianne Ritz

    There is a spelling/typo in the first few paragraphs.

    Columbia Icefields Parkway Centre

    ….Shutdowns… should be ‘shuts down’.

    January 4, 2017 at 10:54 AM
    1. todocanada

      Thank you, corrected!

      January 4, 2017 at 11:13 AM

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