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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 154 reviews
“If you’re a hiker wait until July”
If you’re a hiker wait until July
June 11, 2024, by donohod
The beauty of the area is well known. We came hoping to do some serious alpine hiking but (clearly our own fault) didn’t realize that virtually all high elevations are snow bound and inaccessible...
“Beautiful Canadian National Park”
Beautiful Canadian National Park
November 11, 2023, by CloudYeah
This is beautiful. When I was there it was heavily snowing so I could not appreciate it wholly, but again a great sport for nature lovers.
“Pleasantly surprised”
Pleasantly surprised
August 22, 2023, by briancarlenew
Although I live in Washington State I was born and lived in Alberta for the first 20 years of my life. As I result, I was always partial to Banff, Lake Louise, and Jasper. However, the tourists have...