Glacier National Park

August 01, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Mount Sir DonaldMount Sir DonaldMount Sir Donald as seen from the Great Glacier trail in Glacier National Park, British Columbia.

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Glacier National Park is truly one of the overlooked gems of the Canadian National Park system. This park covers a portion of the Selkirk Range, including the Roger's Pass area which is traversed by the Trans-Canada Highway. Most people zoom by on Highway One intent only on making it over the pass in one piece, barely noticing the turn-offs to some of the most scenic hiking in Canada.

We spent several days camped in the Illecillewaet Campground this past summer, hiking and exploring the natural and cultural history of the park. Did you know that this is where mountaineering first began in North America? That's right! The Canadian Pacific Railway brought in Swiss guides to take guests at the railway-owned Glacier Hotel up onto the glaciers for excursions and for mountaineering. This was years before Banff National Park even existed.

Unfortunately since then, the glaciers have receded an astonishing distance and this is readily apparent to any visitors who hike up to the glaciers. I have posted images illustrating the glacial recession taking place in Glacier National Park in a new webpage titled the Receding Glaciers Project.

There is however, an abundance of natural beauty in the park which can be enjoyed by any visitor with a minimum of effort. And for those who are fit and ambitious, exploring Glacier National Park can be be very rewarding!


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