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Like most of the information centers at Canadian national parks, this one is outstanding.
You can learn about the railroad history of the region, the special challenges of carving a railroad through this landscape and the challenges of avalanches and rough weather. It is much more involved than it seems at first and the engineering (and natural) challenges were enormous!
There is also an excellent display of wildlife and an explanation of the mountains, geology and such. Give yourself at least an hour to see the exhibits.
April 1 - 25-- 7:00am - 5:00pm
April 26 - June 10-- 9:00am – 5:00pm
June 11 - September 3-- 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
September 4 - October 10-- 9:00am – 5:00pm
October 11 - November 7-- CLOSED
November 8 - 30-- 7:00 am - 3:00 pm (Thursday - Monday)
December 1 - March 31-- 7:00am - 5:00pm
Updated Dec 8, 2012
Illecillewaet Campground is located 3 km west of the summit of Rogers Pass. It is open from late June to late September and offers 60 campsites. (washroom, toilets, Welcome Center, food lockers, drinking supplies,
Loop Brook Campground (5 km west of the summit) offers 20 campsites and is open from Canada Day to Labour Day.
Mount Sir Donald Campground (one km west of Loop Brook) offers 15 primitive campsites during July and August. (no campfires,
none of these have RV hookups, showers, or laundry facilities.
Illecillewaet - Unserviced with washroom building having toilets only $ 21.50
Loop Brook - Unserviced with washroom building having toilets only $ 21.50
Mount Sir Donald - Primitive $ 15.70
Backcountry Use and camping
1 night, per person $9.80
Written Oct 17, 2012
This 1,350 square kilometre park lies on the Trans-Canada Highway between Golden and Revelstoke. The park has over 400 glaciers, which cover 10 percent of the park's area, scattered around the park.
At Rogers Pass you will find the Rogers Pass Centre, the Glacier Park Lodge hotel, a gas station and convenience store, and the park's operational compound to the east (right) of the Trans-Canada Highway.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Rogers Pass is a "must see" because you can't drive through the pass without seeing it. You actually roll over it (just kidding). I think the importance of the Pass is not in photographing the red arches but in the history behind the construction of the Pass. Visit the nearby Information Centre. The Centre itself is shaped to sustain avalanche. And see their free movies if you have time. I learned a lot about the struggle between human and nature, and the several tunnels they dug before finally completing Rogers Pass.
Updated Jun 28, 2003
The Rock Garden trail is a new trail that wanders through a 1000's years old rock avalanche. You need good footwear for this trail - over rocks and boulders. Approx 1.0km hilly trail.
Note in the picture, nature hard at work eroding the rocks (by growing trees on them)
Written May 19, 2003
The Hemlock Grove trail is an interpretive boardwalk through an old growth forest featuring cedars and hemlocks. 0.4km easy, flat trail
Written May 19, 2003
The abandoned Rails trail is a short trail that leaves from the Rogers Pass Centre. It follows the 100 year old abandoned railroad bed, including ruins of an avalanche snowshed (as shown in our photo). Easy, flat trail.
Written May 19, 2003
Loop Brook trail is a one mile (1.6km) loop around the Illecillewaet campground. This is a signed trail on a National Historic site that features railway history - primarily the story of the bridges that were constructed to raise the railway to the Rogers Pass level gradually.
These bridges were first made of wood, but the steam engines kept starting fires, and the bridges burned down. Next, stone was hewed from the mountains to build the bridges on stone pillars. After eight years, the railroad decided to forgo the bridges totally in favour of a tunnel under Rogers Pass. The stone tower pillars are still there to this day and are among the oldest man-made structures in Western Canada. You can see them at the bottom of the picture. Most of the blocks of stone are marked with the initials of the stone mason (imported from Europe) that carved it.
Updated May 19, 2003
Rogers Pass Information Center is a must-see stop for travellers, with exhibits than include railway models, railroad tunnels, and information about the natural and railway history.
It also features an 80-seat theatre, displays about railway history, park ecology and recreation, and the Glacier Circle Bookstore. Park staff are available to answer your questions and assist with your park pass purchases.
Open daily 8 am to 6 pm in July & August, 9 am to 5 pm September & October, and 10 am to 4 pm the rest of the year.
Written Feb 25, 2003
I put this under warnings and dangers because for the most part a lot of the wildlife you are likely to encounter in the park can be dangerous and facilities are so few. That being said, here goes:
Bears- You can see the black bear and grizzly bear. Most of the time May and June are the best times to see them, early in the morning or late. The later in the year it gets they will be harder to spot, but you are supposed to be able to see them from the highway. Make sure you have read guidelines for dealing with wildlife!
Other predators include the Canadian lynx and the coyote.
Mountain goats- on the eastern side of Rogers Pass you will be able to see the mountain goats. I saw these elsewhere and it seemed like everyone else had stopped to admire them as we were.
Birds- only some 30 species are in the park year around. Best viewing is supposed to be May and June. Of course at higher altitudes you will be able to see the larger birds like the eagle.
Written Dec 8, 2012