The Illecillewaet Glacier in Glacier National Park, BC has receded an astonishing distance in the last century, exposing the large area of bedrock shown in this image. Torrents of water from the melting ice form a dramatic waterfall before continuing down the valley as the Illecillewaet River.
A century ago, the Illecillewaet Glacier was known as the "Great Glacier" and according to reports, it was a casual 20-minute stroll from the Glacier House Hotel near the Canadian Pacific Railway. It now requires well over an hour for even the fittest hikers to reach the glacier from the former location of the hotel and railway line.
This picture was taken from approximately where the edge of the Illecillewaet Glacier was in 1898.
A thin sliver of the glacier can still be seen along the upper right edge of the ridge.
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