Glacier National Park is located in the rugged interior of British Columbia, Canada. Because of the
towering peaks, the area has never been fully developed, making it a scenic and pristine nature reserve.
Hiking in Glacier National Park
is perfect for those who enjoy few crowds, mountainous terrain and big outdoor adventures.
The area is located near Revelstoke, BC, and encompasses the historic
Here, the mountains force the warm Pacific air to give up its moisture along the western front.
So much rain and snow is deposited that giant cedars and Hemlock trees flourish at these high
altitudes. The accumulated snowpack has created over 400 glaciers - hence the name of the park.
Hiking trails range from short, level paths to rugged, multi-day mountain treks. The valley
bottom is around 1300 meters (4300 ft) and trails can go well over 2600 meters (8600 ft).
There are 18 day hikes that start at various points along the TransCanada Highway and the campground.
Avalanche - Snow-slides can happen anytime in the winter and spring. This is one of the
most active avalanche zones in the world. Check current avalanche
conditions before venturing into the back-country.
A park pass is required when stopping in the national park. Both day passes and annual passes are available.
The pass is valid for all national parks across Canada.
The area is remote and lacks full tourist amenities. The closest town for supplies is
Revelstoke (70 kilometers west) or Golden (80 kilometers east).
Backcountry skiing is a popular winter sport (November to April) but there are avalanche
hazards on the steep slopes. Be aware of avalanche conditions, and be prepared. Note that
avalanche control takes place regularly.
There are three campsites in the park. Bring rain protection as showers are frequent.
Distance to Glacier National Park
From Vancouver - 500 kilometers (6 hours)
From Calgary - 350 kilometers (4.5 hours)