The Bear Glacier, B.C.        

Although this wasn't really a canoe trip per say, it was a unique experience for us and it involved our canoe... so we have included it here.

While blasting up to the Yukon to meet friends for a Teslin River canoe trip, Carol and I detoured off the Stewart Cassiar Highway (Hwy 37) west along 37A to see some of the spectacular mountain scenery. A part of this scenery was the Bear Glacier, which apparently used to come right down the valley to the road. Whether global warming had taken its toll or the ice of the last ice age was continuing to recede, the Bear Glacier now terminated on the far side of a lake which ran beside the road.

Like everyone else we stopped and took the obligatory roadside photos and then, in a moment of brilliance, decided to do one better. We thought, "We have a canoe" and away we went. In the end we were not sure how brilliant it was. The wind absolutely howled down the valley onto the lake (although you couldn't feel it from the road) and despite the many icebergs in the obviously near zero degree water we didn't have our wet suits on.

None-the-less, we survived our very windy crossing and can thus treat you to some rather rare face-to-face photos of the Bear Glacier. In fact, our photos here appear to be better than what we could find in the tourist literature.

One last thought... glaciers always look so serene and peaceful from afar. They are not! While standing at the base we experienced: strong winds howling down its slope, mini-rock slides on the newly exposed valley sides, sinking/sliding rocks underfoot as the newly laid gravel and stone settled into position, mini-waterfalls cascading down the glacier's surface to the lake below and audible creaks and snaps. To be standing at the face of this active, tumultuous being was to be standing in a very dynamic spot. To be honest it was a bit intimidating!



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