Posted by: cherylyoung | June 2, 2013

FEW PLACES ON EARTH OFFER SUCH GEOGRAPHICAL DIVERSITY AS

Three mountain national parks, Mount Revelstoke,

 Glacier, and Yoho, present themselves in succession

 beside Hwy 1 in the eastern reaches of the

 Southern Interior.

 Being national parks, they are big, and you’ll find

 much to do in each.

 Few places on earth offer such geographically

 diverse and naturally preserved outdoor

 experiences all within the borders of one great

province.

Glacier National Park offers wilderness camping,

hiking, mountaineering, and Nordic and

 alpine skiing.

Experience a hike through the valleys below the

 Illecillewaet and Asulkan glaciers.

 It’s rugged and challenging for the intrepid visitor

 with a sense of adventure.

It is a world of primitive wilderness, where it is easy

 to forget the intrusions of modern culture.

 More than 400 glaciers continue to sculpt the

 landscape, carving the Columbia Mountains

 and feeding crystal-clear rivers.

 Explorations range from a simple wooden boardwalk

to a multi-day glacier crossing trek.

Until recently, there were three campgrounds in

 Glacier National Park, but now there are only two.

 Mountain Creek Campground has been closed as

a result of widespread root rot in the trees; so severe

 is the damage that the area may have to be clear-cut.

 Illecillewaet Campground (60 vehicle/tent sites) is

 centrally located near Hwy 1 and has kitchen shelters

 and washrooms with flush toilets (no electrica

l hookups or RV sani-station).

 Loop Brook Campground (20 vehicle/tent sites) is

 farther west than Illecillewaet and has similar facilities.

 The interpretive program of Glacier and Mount

 Revelstoke National Parks, located in the Rogers

 Pass Visitors Centre at the summit of Rogers Pass

 on Hwy 1, depicts the human history of the region

 through fascinating accounts of first climbs, last spikes,

lives lost, and railway lines laid. Hwy 1 winds for more

 than 27 miles (44 km) through Glacier National Park.

 The park’s west gate is about 30 miles (48 km) east of

 Revelstoke, while its east gate is 24 miles (40 km)

 west of Golden.

Backcountry Camping – Glacier has three designated

 backcountry campsites on the Bald Hills, above

 the Copperstain Trail: Copperstain Pass, Caribou Pass

 and 20-mile.

 Each has tent pads and food storage poles to place food

 out of reach of bears

. Open fires are not permitted in the backcountry

 Backcountry campers require a Wilderness Pass .

There is no formally maintained winter campsite

 in Glacier National Park. Road access to our summer

 campgrounds is unploughed and unmaintained

during winter.

 Anyone wishing to camp in winter should check

 at the Rogers Pass Centre.

Glacier National Park has three backcountry huts

 available on a first-come, first-served basis, at

 various costs per person per night.

 A wilderness pass is considered to be part of the

 hut fee.

 Reservations are not mandatory but, by reserving

 space, users can reliably plan for backcountry tours

 using these shelters.

 Access to these huts is not only arduous, but also

, in the cases of Sapphire Col and Glacier Circle

 huts, requires mountaineering expertise.

 Visit the Rogers Pass Centre (250-814-5232), or

 the Parks Canada office in Revelstoke (250-837-7500)

 for details or to reserve space.

Asulkan Cabin, located 6.5km up the Asulkan Brook,

 300 metres beyond the end of the Asulkan Trail

 at an elevation of 2100 metres.

 Accommodates up to 12 people. Equipped with

 propane stove and heater, lights, loft and foam

 sleeping pads, basic cooking and eating utensils,

cleaning supplies, toilet and grey water systems.

 Glacier Circle Cabin, located west of the Beaver River

 Valley and southwest of Mt. Macoun, this one-room

 hut accommodates 8 people.

 There are basic cooking and eating utensiles, a white

 gas stove, sleeping loft and toilet system.

 Water supply is nearby. Sapphire Col Hut, located

 at Sapphire Col between The Dome and Castor Peaks.

 This metal bivouac shelter sleeps 4 people. Apart

 from a few utensils and a toilet system, it is

 unequipped.

Water is obtained from a nearby melt pond or

 by melting snow.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THESE WEST COAST

MOUNTAINS ,

 READ TOMORRW’S BLOG ……

 

CHERYL YOUNG, REALTOR AND BLOGGER

SAANICH PENINSULA REALTY

SIDNEY B.C  www.cherylyoung.ca

 

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