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Glacier National Park/Canada

Introducing Glacier National Park

To be really accurate, this 1350-sq-km park should be called 430 Glaciers National Park; the annual snowfall here can be as much as 23m. Because of the sheer mountain slopes, this is one of the world's most active avalanche areas. For this reason, skiing, caving and mountaineering are regulated; you must register with park wardens before venturing into the backcountry. Call for a daily avalanche report in season. Admission to this and Mt Revelstoke National Park (the two are administered jointly) is adult/child $8/4 per day.

Whether you travel by car, bus, trail or bicycle (more power to you), Rogers Pass will likely rank as one of the most beautiful mountain passes you'll ever traverse. Be sure to pause at the Hemlock Grove Trail, 54km west of Revelstoke, where a 400m boardwalk winds through an ancient hemlock rainforest.

Spend some time with the CPR dioramas at the informative Rogers Pass Centre, 72km east of Revelstoke. The center shows films about the park and organizes guided walks in summer. As a bonus, there's an excellent bookstore run by the Friends of Mt Revelstoke & Glacier National Parks.

Across from the center, the 50-room Glacier Park Lodge has a cafe, gas station and coin laundry.

Not far from here are the park's two campgrounds: Illecillewaet and Loop Brook. Both have running water and flush toilets.