As recently as a century ago the glacier
you see on the center left extended across the valley to
where the Brewster "Sno-coaches" board their passengers
today. This is quite a dramatic retreat. At this time the
glacier is receding at a rate of 15 feet per year.
Sometime over the next centuries the glacier will probably
disappear altogether but not before releasing billions of
gallons of water into the rivers that flow to three oceans
This glacier is just one arm of the massive Columbia
Icefields which are the largest "ice-cube" south
of the Arctic Circle. They cover 130 square miles and
are up to 1,000 feet thick.
The Columbia Icefields are
comprised of 6 main glaciers
by far the easiest to access
Drive a few kilometers south (in Banff
park) you can hike to Parker Ridge for views
Stutfield and Dome
as you approach on the Icefields
Parkway from the north
Columbia and Castlegar
are remote and
difficult to reach
Bring sunglasses up here!!