I was able to setup the camera on my tripod and take a self portrait in front of part of the glacier to show the scale. This was not the main glacier, but a piece that had broken off. The massive walls of ice were intimidating to see in person.

I was able to setup the camera on my tripod and take a self portrait in front of part of the glacier to show the scale. This was not the main glacier, but a piece that had broken off. The massive walls of ice were intimidating to see in person.

This week, I would like to take you on a brief journey to our neighboring country to the north. I have been to Canada one time, and I enjoyed every moment there.

In the Summer of 2017, I flew to Seattle Washington to meet up with a hiking partner who I have known for over ten years. We planned a backpacking trip that would cover parts of the North Cascades in Washington for the first part of the week, and eventually driving into British Columbia Canada for more backpacking to finish the trip. For those who have never hiked in the North Cascades, the hikes are very steep and strenuous. I was pretty well worn out before ever crossing the border into Canada.

Our first hike in Canada was honestly the most difficult hike I have ever done. The destination was Watersprite Lake. The lake sits almost six miles from the trailhead. The total elevation gain is 2165 feet. Those numbers alone are manageable for any experienced hiker, but when most of the elevation gain comes during the last two miles of the hike it really tests your endurance.

The lake was incredible. It was almost is if we had stepped out of the forest and into a dream land on another planet. We saw less than five other people the entire hike.

The next destination was a place I was excited to see because of an active glacier residing just above the lake. Wedgemount Lake was listed as 7.5 miles round trip with an unbelievable elevation gain of 3800 feet. With an elevation gain that high in only 3.75 miles, we knew we were in for a workout. Some hikers will brag about big hikes saying that it wasn't all that bad, or the hike wasn't as hard as expected. Nope. This hike was much worse than I expected. It was so steep in places, I had to grab tree roots to help me climb with a 40 pound backpack.

Wedgemount Lake was worth the hike though. The beautiful blue water filled the entire valley between large grey mountains. At the far end was the glacier. My eyes drifted directly to the river of ice glistening in the Canadian sunlight. I had never seen anything like it before.

After a cold night of camping, we hiked to the glacier the next morning. It was intimidating standing next to walls of solid ice that large. The water streaming from under the ice was crystal clear and delicious. I had to fight the urge to climb onto the glacier and explore. It can be extremely dangerous. There are cracks to fall into. Plus, as you may imagine, a river of ice is very slippery.

I left Canada with some amazing photographs. The people were extremely friendly and the scenery was gorgeous. These lakes are just two of thousands in British Columbia. I hope to one day go back and see a few more.