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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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Lodging Near Glacier National Park

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Heather Mountain Lodge

Heather Mountain Lodge

5400 Highway 1 West, Golden
4.3
of 5, from 123 reviews
4.0 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.

$144
Winston Lodge

Winston Lodge

1593 Cache Close, Golden
4.1
of 5, from 47 reviews
3.5 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).

Just Completed 4 Bedroom, 5 Bathroom Modern Town Home, Pool Table, Sleeps 10

Just Completed 4 Bedroom, 5 Bathroom Modern Town Home, Pool Table, Sleeps 10

1623 Thompson Crescent, Golden
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Situated in Golden, this townhouse accommodation 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 12 mi (20 km).

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Best Ski-in/ski-out Luxury Chalet at Khmr - 5 Br,4 Ba, Hot Tub, Heated Flrs

1626 Purcell Woods Close, Golden
4.7
of 5, from 10 reviews
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Situated in Golden, this 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 12 mi (20 km).

Ski-in, Ski-out, Large Open Concept Floorplan, Floor to Ceiling Windows, hot tub

Ski-in, Ski-out, Large Open Concept Floorplan, Floor to Ceiling Windows, hot tub

1627 Purcell Woods Close, Golden
4.5
of 5, from 14 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Golden, this 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 12 mi (20 km).

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Most Luxurious Ski-in/ski-out Chalet @kmhr- 2800 Sft,4 Br,4 BA

1622 Purcell Woods Close, Golden
4.8
of 5, from 14 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Golden, this 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 12 mi (20 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
4.9
of 5, from 28 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Golden, this 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).

True Ski-in/ski-out Luxury Chalet at Khmr - 3 Br,3 Ba, Hot Tub, Heated Flrs

True Ski-in/ski-out Luxury Chalet at Khmr - 3 Br,3 Ba, Hot Tub, Heated Flrs

1618 Purcell Woods Close, Golden
4.9
of 5, from 21 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Golden, this 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 12 mi (20 km).