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Glacier National Park (British Columbia)

Marvel at the vast glaciers of the “Backbone Of The World,” hike through towering valleys, spot the wildlife or camp out in this rugged wilderness.

Glacier National Park was called the “Backbone Of The World” by Native Americans. Having been established all the way back in 1886, it is one of Canada’s oldest national parks. The park was of course named after the very glaciers that carved out its unique landscape, but you’ll find it has a wide range of landscapes and environments.

Begin your visit to the park by driving to Rogers Pass in the center of the park, at 4,360 feet (1,330 meters). Enjoy the spectacular views of glaciers in the surrounding mountains, then learn about the history and nature of the park in the Rogers Pass Discovery Centre.

Head just 2 miles (3 kilometers) west of the discovery centre to find the Illecillewaet Campground. It’s a beautiful place to pitch a tent during the warmer months and also the starting point for a great variety of hikes. Take it easy with a short walk on the Meeting Of The Waters Trail or challenge yourself on the arduous Perley Rock Trail.

Keep watch at all times because the park is home to a wide range of animals. Over 50 species of mammals live in the park; mountain goats are most commonly seen. Hike quietly for a chance to also spot grizzly bears, gray wolves and caribou. Discover some of the 30 bird species that inhabit the park permanently and the approximately 200 seasonal bird species that visit each year.

Experience the park from the water by going canoeing or rafting. With over 200 lakes and 1,500 miles (2,400 kilometers) of streams and rivers, the park has no shortage of water for aquatic adventures. Of course, you can also just sit back and relax by one of these many stunning water features and view the majestic mountains in the background.

Reach Glacier National Park by car or bus along the Trans Canada Highway, situated between the towns of Golden and Revelstoke. To enter the park you need a Discovery Pass, which you can purchase at the Rogers Pass Discovery Centre.


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Heather Mountain Lodge

Heather Mountain Lodge

5400 Highway 1 West, Golden
4.3
of 5, from 58 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in the mountains, this lodge is 15.3 mi (24.7 km) from Rogers Pass Discovery Centre and within 25 mi (40 km) of Glacier National Park and Nakimu Caves. Burges and James Gadsden Provincial Park is 25.8 mi (41.5 km) away.

Canadian Mountain Lodging - Kicking Horse Mountain Resort

Canadian Mountain Lodging - Kicking Horse Mountain Resort

1500 Kicking Horse Trail, Golden
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Golden, this resort is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and within 9 mi (15 km) of Golden Golf Club and Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge. Golden and District General Hospital and College of the Rockies Golden Campus are also within 9 mi (15 km).

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Luxurious Ski In/out, Amazing Views/hot tub

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Luxurious Ski In/out, Amazing Views/hot tub

1620 Purcell Woods Close, Golden
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Golden, this romantic vacation home is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and within 9 mi (15 km) of Golden Golf Club and Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge. Golden and District General Hospital and College of the Rockies Golden Campus are also within 9 mi (15 km).

3200 Sqft/297 sqm Full Timber Frame. 3 Floors of Pure Luxury. 5* Family Retreat

3200 Sqft/297 sqm Full Timber Frame. 3 Floors of Pure Luxury. 5* Family Retreat

Dogtooth Close, Golden
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Golden, this spa chalet is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and within 9 mi (15 km) of Golden Golf Club and Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge. Golden and District General Hospital and College of the Rockies Golden Campus are also within 12 mi (20 km).

From a Family Reunion or Wedding to the Most Epic ski Trip This Home has it all

From a Family Reunion or Wedding to the Most Epic ski Trip This Home has it all

1599 Golden Avenue, Golden
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Golden, this romantic chalet is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and within 9 mi (15 km) of Golden Golf Club and Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge. Golden and District General Hospital and College of the Rockies Golden Campus are also within 9 mi (15 km).

Columbia Mountain Lodge - Superb Five Star 5br, 4BA Family Friendly Home

Columbia Mountain Lodge - Superb Five Star 5br, 4BA Family Friendly Home

1589 Columbia Valley View Drive, Golden
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Golden, this romantic chalet is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and within 9 mi (15 km) of Golden Golf Club and Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge. Golden and District General Hospital and College of the Rockies Golden Campus are also within 9 mi (15 km).

Winston Lodge

Winston Lodge

1593 Cache Close, Golden
4.0
of 5, from 20 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located near the slopes, this Golden lodge is in the mountains, 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and close to winter activities such as cross-country skiing and skiing lessons. Golden Golf Club and Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge are also within 9 mi (15 km).

Copper Horse Lodge

Copper Horse Lodge

1587 Cache Close, Golden
3.9
of 5, from 54 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the mountains, this lodge is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and within 9 mi (15 km) of Golden Golf Club and Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge. Golden and District General Hospital and College of the Rockies Golden Campus are also within 9 mi (15 km).