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
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
Glacier National Park offers wilderness camping,
hiking, mountaineering, and Nordic and
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
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
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
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
Water is obtained from a nearby melt pond or
by melting snow.
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CHERYL YOUNG, REALTOR AND BLOGGER
SAANICH PENINSULA REALTY