Alberta, Canada

Icefields Parkway Northbound
Trip Day Fourteen: June 25, 2000
My Chariot is waiting at an overlook!

Icefields Parkway follows a couple of river valleys in an old glacier trail, at the base of the ridge that forms the Continental Divide along here. This ridge also forms the provincial boundary between Alberta and British Columbia.

Here is a glacier. This one, seen early in the Icefields trip, is probably fed by the Wapta Icefield, out of our view, high on top of the ridge.

We got the definition of a glacier from a park ranger in Glacier National Park. He said the difference between a glacier and an ice pack that fails to melt in the summer is movement. To be a glacier, the ice pack must move by the force of gravity.

Page last updated August 4, 2000.