Sunday, April 14, 2019

Mount Robson Provincial Park

Mount Robson reflected in Berg Lake, Mount Robson Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada.
Mount Robson reflected in Berg Lake.
In my opinion, Berg Lake at the foot of Mount Robson in Mount Robson Provincial Park is one of the absolute highlights of the Canadian Rockies.  The Berg Glacier tumbles down from the uppermost reaches of the mountain, terminating at the side of the lake.  The constant rumbling you hear throughout the day and night (sometimes quite loud) is the ice from the glacier calving into the lake.  This classic view is just a few short steps from your tent site!

Much like Lake Magog in Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, getting here involves a long hike in, or scheduling a helicopter ride on one of the two days a week they are allowed to land.

A base camp at Berg Lake offers several exceptional hiking opportunities to explore the area beyond the lake, including Mumm Basin, Hargreaves Glacier, Toboggan Falls and my favorite, Snowbird Pass.

This image is currently appearing on a tourism website.  You can see this image and many more from this area by visiting my Canadian Rockies Gallery.

As always, thanks for looking!

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park

Mount Assiniboine above fall larch near Lake Magog, Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada.
Mount Assiniboine above larch beginning to turn color.
I have been visiting Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park for many years now, and have come back with some of the most memorable experiences with each and every visit!  These memories include trudging through a foot plus of snow in September, mice infested cabins the one time I took my wife (our anniversary!), a mother grizzly bear and cub flattening my unattended tent, and more!  Yes, Assiniboine holds a special place in my heart.

This image was taken on my very first trip into Assiniboine.  It was mid-September and the larch had just started to turn.  It was a cold visit and we had it mostly to ourselves.  We packed in a tent with plans to stay in the campground, but arrived to find over a foot of snow on the ground and elected instead to stay in one of the Naiset Huts, which were mostly unoccupied and readily available.  Such would most likely not be the case today.  The huts are now reservable and booked well in advance.  Assiniboine has also seen a dramatic increase in popularity as more people are drawn to the "Matterhorn of the Canadian Rockies".

While popularity has gained, it still is nothing close to most national parks and I highly recommend a visit.  It's a 17 mile hike in, or helicopter flight, or tandem there of (including having your gear flown in while you do the hike).

For lodging, there is the campground, the Naiset Huts, or the Assiniboine Lodge itself!

This image is currently appearing in an internationally distributed wall calendar by a Japanese manufacturer.

To view more images from the Canadian Rockies - both National Parks and Provincial Parks, feel free to visit my Canadian Rockies Gallery.

As always, thanks for looking!