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Hiking the Mountains of British Columbia

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A July 1994 trip to British Columbia by unorthodox traveler

Yahoo Mountains Photo, British Columbia, Canada More Photos
Quote: During the summer of 1994 we explored the south-eastern part of British Columbia which is dominated by a number of mountain ranges, national and provincial parks,Wedged between the many mountain ranges is an incredible scenic series of lakes, rivers, and thinly populated valleys.

Hiking the Mountains of British Columbia

Overview

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Glacier National Park, Yoho National Park, Lake O'Hara, Takakkaw Falls, Twin Falls, Radium Hot Springs.

Quick Tips:

Bring warm clothes even in the summr months. Most of the mountain peaks are snow-covered in summer and the weather can be unpredictable.

Best Way To Get Around:

You really need a car to explore the various mountain ranges and valleys.

Coconut Palms Resort

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Hotel | "Illecillewaet River"

Coconut Palms Resort Photo, Cabarete, Dominican Republic
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There are only two campgrounds in this park and we chose Illecillewaet because of its location on a lovely stream and the rather spacious campsites. This is a basic campground with cold water and outhouses...nothing fancy but you are camping in the wilderness. It''s also fairly close to the Information Visitors Center.

From this campground, we headed out on our daily hiking trips.

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Coconut Palms Resort
Vista del Caribe
Cabarete, Dominican Republic 57000
(809) 571-1174

Lake O'Hara

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Hiking Toward Lake O'Hara Photo, British Columbia, Canada
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Hidden high in the mountains is this beautiful lake...certainly not a tourist attraction since there is no easy way to get to this gift. There are a number of excellent hiking trails through alpine meadows,wooded hillsides,snow-covered passes,mountain vistas and glaciers...all around this precious lake. Plan to spent a full day on this experience; better still, plan to camp overnight if possible. We did the day hike and wished we had planned an overnight. Take the Opabin Plateau trail which we found to be overwhelmingly lovely. Once you arrive at the lake, there are trail pamphlets to assist in your hiking the area.

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Athabasca Glacier

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Athabasca Glacier Photo, British Columbia, Canada
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This is a really impressive icefield...one of the arms of the Columbia Icefield,hydrographic and geographic apex of North America. Behind the glacier headwall ice sprawls for miles with the adjoining Chaba and Clemenceau Icefields. Meltwaters from the Columbia Icefield flow in three directions to the Arctic, Pacific, and Atlantic Oceans. There is a huge lodge with information and food services across from the glacier. We walked on the glacier for two hours. There are buses and buggies that take tour groups deep within the glacier. From the Information Center film, it is obvious that this glacier is melting and has receded hundreds of feet over the past decades...warming of the earth...Read More

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Jasper Canada

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Jasper Photo, British Columbia, Canada
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This is a funky town to visit when you are in need of some degree of civilization after hiking and camping in the wilderness for days. It's a short trip from the Athabasca Icefields.There are many restaurants, shops, and places to stay, including hotels if you are tired of sleeping outdoors.

One impressive thing to see is the 21 meter totem pole carved by a Haida artisan from British Columbia's Queen Charlotte Islands. See the photo.

You might also want to check out the Jasper Museum at 400 Pyramid Lake Rd...it has an interesting display of the town's deveopment, including the story of two sisters, the first women guides in the mountains.

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Yahoo National Park

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Yaho Photo, British Columbia, Canada
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This incredible Park contains mountain peaks,river valleys,glacial lakes,beautiful meadows and pleasant campgrounds. Many tourists head for the popular Banff area but Yahoo is just as beautiful with fewer tourists. Yaho, by the way, is an Cree Indian word meaning astonishment or wonder. The rushing Kicking Horse River flows through this park.

We spent two days hiking in this park. The weather was perfect and we found space at a campground which was closer to the small town of Field.

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Takakkaw Falls and Twin Falls

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Twin Falls Photo, British Columbia, Canada
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Just a few miles outside the small town of Field is the Takakkaw Falls - at 254 meters, one of the highest waterfalls in Canada. It's easy to get to these falls since you can drive right up into a parking lot fairly close to the falls. Bring rain gear since the powerful spray will get you wet as you approach the falls.

Then, if you have most of the day available, hike to to Twin Falls, which is a good three hour hike each way...it's an easy hike...mostly flat with incredible views of rapids and waterfalls and meadows.

Do visit the cabin...can't remember the name but it's a lodge where you can get a bit to eat and stay overnight if you need to (very expensive).

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Glacier National Park

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Glacier Park Photo, British Columbia, Canada
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This 1350 square km park contains for than 420 glaciers, believe it or not. During the winter it snows just about every day and during the summer expect rain most days. YES, this is a wet mountain range...wet yet beautiful. Because of the sheer mountain slopes, this is one of the world's most active avalanche areas. During the winter months, the park service fires Howitzer artillery shells into the mountain, creating small, manageable avalanches. There is a fascinating Visitor Information Center with excellent photos of this intentional control of avalanches. If you're camping, especially during a rain day, stopping in to this visitor center can be a real treat...it's warm, open 24 hours a day, has fi...Read More

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A Precious Gift

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An Unexpected Gift Photo, British Columbia, Canada
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We were camping at the Kicking Horse River Campground, which had hot showers...a gift after hiking for days and staying in primitive campgrounds. One morning I awoke very early and decided to go for a short hike on my own in order to give my partner additional time to sleep. While walking along a stream, I came upon a strange sight...a floating section of a watermelon with wild flowers attached into the flesh of the watermelon. I had no idea where this gift came from; I was at least half a mile from the nearest campground and saw noone. The 'arrangement' looked fresh, as though it was put together very recently. I took a photo of this arrangement which you can see as you read ...Read More