July 23 - 24, 2018: Glacier National Park, British Columbia (BC)
Our next stop was to Glacer National Park, BC. There is also a Glacier National Park in the US, so don't get confused : )
Wow, this area is so gorgeous with all of the peaks and glaciers I think I gave myself whiplash!
We stayed one night at the Illecillewaet Campground. One of the Park's Department gals in Revelstoke gave us some insight into a closed campground (Kicking Horse in Yoho National Park) opening on July 24, but we needed there by 10am, so we wanted to get as close as possbile to secure the site. Glacier was a good half way spot.
We arrived at Glacier National Park about 12:30pm and then were leaving at 8:00am the next day. We still were able to partake in a lot of the activities.
We went on a guided hike to Meeting Of The Waters trail which took us to the A. O. Wheeler House and Glacier House Ruins. This was really cool because we were able to get the story behind Glacier and the old hotel/chalet which dates back to the late 1800's.
We also took a small hike on Trail 1885 which was the original Canadian Pacific rail-grade.
We then attended a Glacier history presentation which was really cool. There are currently 137 glaciers in the park. You can hike to a few of them, but they are long, and steep, and you need ropes/crampons, so...needless to say we did not do any of those. I have added to my bucket list to come back to this area and summit Mount Sir Donald which is about 9,371 feet. As you can see from the pics below it would be a killer peak to bag!
And...like all of the other campgrounds in Canada, there was a bear in the area. I have to say that people really took it to heart to wear bear bells, whistles, and bear spray. You could not go anywhere around the park without hearing the bells or whisltes. Even....at 4:30am in the morning! My only guess is that a group must have been doing a long hike and wanted to start early.
Trail 1885 and old rock building
Mount Sir Donald