April 25, 2014 9:21 am

VIRTUAL TOUR: The new Glacier Skywalk in Jasper National Park

The Glacier Skywalk in Jasper National Park.

Global News

CALGARY – After two years of construction, the Glacier Skywalk opens to the public on May 1st, 2014.

The $21 million cliff-edge walkway in Jasper National Park includes a glass platform that hovers 280 metres over the Sunwapta Valley.

WATCH: Global Calgary’s Amber Schinkel gets a sneak peek at the Glacier Skywalk, just one week before it opens to the public.

Critics of the project feel it will have a long-term impact on wildlife in the region, and say more development of the largely untouched national park wasn’t necessary.

However, officials say wildlife won’t be affected.

“We’ve had our monitors up here for three years pre-construction,” explains Brewster Travel Canada Communications Manager Juliette Recompsat. “They’ll continue three years post construction just to confirm the movements of the animals here have not been affected by the construction.”

Six interactive displays are set up along the walkway, designed to educate visitors on the importance of the region.

WATCH: Global Calgary’s Amber Schinkel speaks with Columbia Icefields General Manager Rusty Noble and Brewster Travel Canada Communications Manager Juliette Recompsat about the tourist destination.

An adult ticket for the Skywalk costs $24.95, and a child ticket is $12.50. Infants 0-5 get free admission.

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