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Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park has a rich natural and cultural history and is renowned for its mountaineering, deep snow and pristine wilderness. The abandoned trail-grade, stone bridges and trestle supports, snow sheds and other structures can be visited on self-guided trails.  There are hiking trails ranging from 15 minutes easy walks to multi-day hiking for the avid and experienced hiker.

Glacier National Park is a favourite area for some classic North America alpinism.  It offers fine climbs at all standards of difficulty and is a great spot for the intermediate mountaineer.   In 1888, British mountaineers Rev. William Spotswood Green and Rev. Henry Swanzy completed the first recreational technical climbs in the Selkirk Mountains.  In doing so, they established Glacier National Park as the birthplace of mountaineering in North America. 11 years later Canadian Pacific hired Swizz climbing guides Edward Fuez Sr. and Christian Hasler to work at Glacier House in Rogers Pass, where they were guiding and at the same time promoting mountaineering in the Selkirks. More information on climbing in Glacier National Park.

Glacier National Park Fast Facts

  • Canada’s second oldest national park
  • Located on the Montane Cordillera Ecozone
  • National Historic site – Rogers Pass is located in Glacier National Park
  • One of Canada’s largest cave systems
  • The highest point in the park is Mount Dawson

For more information visit Glacier National Park.

TripAdvisor® Traveler Reviews
4.5 based on 128 reviews
“Bucket list!!!”
Bucket list!!!
February 20, 2019, by MountainMan-Kim
Fifty years ago, my family explored the northern Rockies in Canada. The family missed eastern British Columbia. My camping style is much more primitive and adventurous these days. See my Colorado...
“Lots to See and Do”
Lots to See and Do
December 28, 2018, by Carol C
The Park was larger than I had imagined. It was a beautiful drive through the park and we made the one big stop on our list...Giant Cedar Boardwalk. I wish we could have done more, but since this...
“Absolute highlight”
Absolute highlight
December 25, 2018, by Gwen_BE
I visited the Glacier National Park of Canada in June 2018 and it was one of the absolute highlights of my trip. No struggle to find a parking space here like in some of the neighboring parks! I had...