Glacier National Park
is one of seven national parks
in British Columbia
, and is part of a system of 43 parks and park reserves across Canada
. It protects a portion of the Columbia Mountains
. It also contains the Rogers Pass
National Historic Site, designated for its importance in the construction and development of Canada's first major national transportation route. It is in area and was established in 1886. It contains extensively glaciated areas.
Terrain and climate
cover much of the challenging terrain in the park, which is dominated by 10 peaks ranging from in height.
Steep, rugged mountains, a wide variety of plant and animal life, and a warm, moist climate are typical of this natural regions.
Peaks of the Hermit Range
, the Bonney and Bostock Groups, the Van Horne Range
, Purity Range
, Dawson Range
, and the especially challenging Sir Donald Range
all lie wholly or in part within the park. Animals in the park include mountain caribou
, mountain goat
, grizzly bear
, and Canadian lynx
The visitor centre for the park is at Rogers Pass
, though information can be found in nearby Revelstoke
.There are currently two campgrounds in the park: Illecillewaet Campground (60 vehicle/tent sites) is centrally located near Hwy 1 and has kitchen shelters and washrooms with flush toilets (no electrical hookups or RV sani-station). Loop Brook Campground (20 vehicle/tent sites) is farther west than Illecillewaet and has similar facilities. A third was closed in the... Read More