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The Glaciers of British Columbia

Rated as one of the top drives in the world by Condé Nast Traveller, the Icefield Parkway is a 232 km stretch of double-lane highway winding through soaring rocky mountain peaks, icefields and vast sweeping valleys...


The Icefields Parkway parallels the Continental Divide through some of the most wild and remote parts of Banff and Jasper national parks. This high route is known for its glaciated peaks, turquoise lakes, waterfalls and an impressive view of the Athabasca Glacier; part of the Columbia Icefield.

This is where the Athabasca Glacier was in 1982


But this is where most of the glacier is today...


Giant lakes now pool around the foot of the glacier and the runoff coloured by 'rock flour' from the melting glacier now stream into the valleys below...


This land was under the glacier for millions of year before global warming took hold


Today, unless you are willing to take a long muddy hike across the debris left by the retreating glacier you won't get much of a view...



At the rate that this glacier is melting it may disappear in just a few years.

Posted by Hawkson 13:14 Archived in Canada

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