The Vanishing Glaciers … 3 Days in Banff

3 Sep

The Da Vinci Code / piano cover

The mills of God grind … 

… not so slowly.


Last year in Jasper National Park at the Columbia Icefields
we took a short hike to the foot of the glacier. 

It told the story of the vanishing glaciers.

In 1948 the Columbia Glacier (in background) came down to here. 

In 1992 the glacier came down to here.

In 2006 it came down to here.

They figure it will be completely gone in about 80 years.

Sign? What sign?

Sign says:

Safety Check

Do not leave the trail without a guide
Watch children closely and keep them near.
Leash your pet.
Pack out litter.
So not remove anything from landscape.”
“Walking out onto the glacier is dangerous.
There are many hazards, including
some that are hidden.
People have died here.
Remember this a wilderness area:
Caution and self-reliance are essential.”

But there were people all over that thing …


4 Responses to “The Vanishing Glaciers … 3 Days in Banff”

  1. Marilyn Armstrong September 4, 2020 at 12:29 am #

    I find this both demoralizing and depressing. I wonder if we can still fix it.


    • jcalberta September 4, 2020 at 8:56 am #

      Well it is sad. But these things were once gigantic. Bigger than mountains. In fact, they made the mountains. They are a source of our rivers and fresh water though. I suppose we have time to adjust, but …


  2. maui1 September 4, 2020 at 10:48 pm #

    These are great pictures from your trip last year to Jasper. It is bad news with the Glaciers melting. The scenery there is also amazing and the weather looks very nice.


    • jcalberta September 4, 2020 at 11:25 pm #

      I never did finish showing my Jasper pics. I still intend to at some point. Yes we are seeing the last of the glaciers.


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