Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Illecillewaet Campground & Trails

Trip Date: August 2007

Every year on our way to and from the Shuswap we have to drive through Roger's Pass and Glacier National Park.  It is a beautiful part of the country and I've always wanted to go camping there.  In late August of 2007, Christine and I decided to head out and do just that!  We decided to set up our tent in the Illecillewaet Campground, which is about 345km west of Calgary along the Trans-Canada Highway in Glacier National Park.  It is a beautiful campground and I would highly recommend it to anyone wishing to camp in the area.

Our camp site in Illecillewaet Campground
While we were there we also got out and enjoyed a short interpretive trail at the neighboring campground; Loop Brook Campground.  The Loop Brook Interpretive Trail is only about 1.8km in length, but it takes you through a section of the old railway that once looped through Roger's Pass.  It showcases the stone trestle pillars that once carried the railway high above the valley.  Between the valley bottom and the summit of Roger's Pass, the original Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) line made many continuous loops to soften the grade and avoid the worst avalanche slopes.  The total curvature of these loops actually equaled seven complete circles.  The stone pillars are among the oldest surviving man-made structures in western Canada.  

Christine reading about a collapsed stone pillar
Loop Brook Interpretive Trail
Chris with Mt. Bonney in the background
CPR stone trestle pillars
The remains of a collapsed snow shed
Stone trestle pillars
Stone pillars
Christine and I

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