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Old 07-28-2014, 01:31 PM   #1
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Visited there 2 weekends ago and I have to say it was underwhelming. There's not much that you cannot see just by leaning over the ledge than on the glass floor.

The entire structure is rather small, smaller than it looks in photo. It doesn't cost that much, only $25 adult and $12.50 for kids but it's not worth the 6 hour round trip to go see it.

If you do the icefield bus tour together it might be kind of worth it if you got nothing better to do. But on it's own, I will say skip it until they build a Tim Hortons or McDonalds besides it.

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Old 07-28-2014, 01:37 PM   #2
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Passed by this on my Jasper trip a few weeks ago. Was driving with 4 adults and laughed when my wife told me it was 25$ a piece.

What a waste of cash. 100$ to stare at rocks.
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Old 07-28-2014, 01:40 PM   #3
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i'd like to see this, but to me the right price would be $15 per adult - $50 for the family.....
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Old 07-28-2014, 01:57 PM   #4
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The entire structure is rather small, smaller than it looks in photo. It doesn't cost that much, only $25 adult and $12.50 for kids but it's not worth the 6 hour round trip to go see it.
Seriously?? The Columbia Icefields Parkways is one of the most scenic highways in the world.......Bow Lake,Peyto Lake,Big Hill viewpoint,Sunwapta and Athabasca Falls.

Enjoy the view man.
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^^^ Exactly, it's not the only thing to do. That Skywalk is just something along the way, not something you drive 6 hours round trip for.
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I was there recently and it wasn't originally in our plans, but we decided on a whim to go. I'd say for $25 it's worth it. Maybe if you rush to the skywalk portion and just stand on the glass, sure it might not be great, but we took our time, using that audio tour thingy along the way. The sights are quite nice along the way, and I learned a fair amount while going through it.

We only stood on the glass portion for a few minutes as it was pretty busy, but it was more impressive to see from the back than on it itself anyways. I thought originally it didn't look too high but when you're looking over the edge it does seem pretty far to the bottom.

TL;DR version: Don't rush it and you'll get more out of it. Here's a couple pictures I took on my phone.



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This one doesn't interest me all that much but I'd love to do the one over the Grand Canyon.
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I've been on there a couple months ago and it wasn't really worth the $25

The audio tour gives you a lesson in geological formations, wildlife, and tells you about the engineering project of putting together the skywalk.

As neat as it is to stand on a glass floor, you're standing above the slope as it's not a straight vertical cliff, so you're only seeing more rock below your feet.

Still better than paying $50 to roll around in ice. Brewster must've recognized the glacier was disappearing and needed a second attraction to support themselves.

FYI, there is an amazing waterfall 2 more minutes west. Free, with parking, and was well worth seeing!
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This one doesn't interest me all that much but I'd love to do the one over the Grand Canyon.
Eh, it doesn't sound like it's worth the $80 plus bus fee plus park entrance fee...sounds like there are better ways to see the Grand Canyon. At least the Skywalk's $25 included the shuttle bus.
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It was pretty neat. If you need something to do go for it, but it doesn't really provide you with any added benefit that you don't get from just stopping at one of the lookout points or from doing one of the hikes in the area.

Agree with the other points not to make a trip out just for the skywalk, but would recommend going to Jasper for a weekend. Great views, great drive, and the city itself has the feeling of a less commercialized Banff.
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This one doesn't interest me all that much but I'd love to do the one over the Grand Canyon.
That Grand Canyon Skywalk doesn't even allow cameras on the viewing platform.

They'd much rather sell you $30.00 postcard.
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Hike Wilcox pass 4k 300m elevation. My kids of 5 and 3 can do it.

Views are better and leas bus people.
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I drove for Brewsters back in the 80's as a summer job while going to University,it was an awesome job. I've driven that highway hundreds of times but never tired of the view,it really is spectacular.I can't believe how many friends I have in Calgary that have never driven the Icefields Parkway.

I still have some friends at Brewsters and they were all against the Skywalk,they just saw it as a cash grab. Many still can't believe they got approval from Parks Canada. I'm taking my son up to Jasper in September but have no plans on stopping at the Icefields or Skywalk.
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It's another useless development in the middle of a national park. You want a view? Climb a mountain.
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Oh I wasn't aware it was like that. I assumed it was the same as the one in Jasper.
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That would be cool to drop a log off of.......
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I assumed it was the same as the one in Jasper.
Nope it's on the Hualapai Reservation.
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Hike Wilcox pass 4k 300m elevation. My kids of 5 and 3 can do it.

Views are better and leas bus people.


One of the most awesome days of my life.... Absolutely beautiful up there.
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That Grand Canyon Skywalk doesn't even allow cameras on the viewing platform.

They'd much rather sell you $30.00 postcard.
Is this something new? I was there about 2 1/2 years ago and took lots of pictures, no problem at all.
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Is this something new? I was there about 2 1/2 years ago and took lots of pictures, no problem at all.
You took pictures from the actual observation deck?

The rule has been in place since it opened.

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