|Illecillewaet's rushing |
Website: Parks Canada
Map: Parks Canada or Google Maps
Camping Facilities: Strictly car camping
Stargazing: Tough to find a good clearing, with all the trees and mountains, but they're nice to look at as well.
Summary: Good privacy, beautiful scenery, excellent park resources
Thoughts: There's a bit of an abrupt transition that hits you on the drive between Banff National Park and Glacier National Park. Sure, you enter a different mountain range but that's not it. Very suddenly the crowds diminish, the traffic subsides and you find your self in a beautiful place that is completely devoid of kitsch. There's a genuine feel about the natural environment captured by the boundaries within Glacier that seems to be missing the Epcot-centre feel that you get from roaming the streets of the town of Banff or the tacky tourist shops that find in Jasper. Sure, there's a visitors centre in Glacier, fully stocked with fridge magnets, t-shirts and knick-knacks. But its really just a minor part of the visitors centre which functions mostly as an interpretive museum for you to learn as much (or as little) about the patch of our planet protected by the park's boundaries.
|Wood shed with wheel barrow and barrow-bike|
|Food storage lockers|
This campground has a pleasant, uncrowded lay-out, with loops instead of a grid. There are plenty of trees that act as physical barriers between sites, further increasing seclusion. As well, the sound of the mountain stream drowns out much of the noise you might otherwise hear from other occupants, adding that much more privacy to your stay. The services provided within the park are on par with the best you'll find in the national parks; warming huts, a few nicely maintained washrooms (no hot water, no showers), lockable food storage bins, and a very nice wood shed, equipped with a wheel-barrow-bicycle so that you can transport your load of wood with great ease. All in all, about the best your can hope for in car camping site - maximum privacy that can be afforded (it's still a popular national park after all), great amenities, and adjacent to close to some very nice hiking trails.
|Atop the Meadows in the Sky Parkway, |
a close drive from Glacier