Several picnic areas offer great opportunities to experience historic aspects of Glacier National Park and Rogers Pass National Historic Site:
View of the Illecillewaet River and the Mountains of Rogers Pass near the Mount Sir Donald picnic site © Parks Canada / Jeff Bolingbroke
Mount Sir Donald Picnic Area offers great views of its namesake mountain, and the seemingly impenetrable Selkirk Mountains barrier that confronted Major A.B. Rogers when he first passed this point in 1882.
The Illecillewaet picnic area © Parks Canada / Jeff Bolingbroke
Illecillewaet Picnic Area sits beneath a panoramic view of the "Great Glacier" and the Asulkan Glacier. It is located at the entrance to Illecillewaet Campground, just below the historic 1885 rail line.
View from the Summit of Rogers Pass picnic area© Parks Canada / Jeff Bolingbroke
Summit of Rogers Pass Picnic Area. The Rogers Pass Memory Garden and Summit Monument at this picnic area tell the story of the triumphs and tragedies behind Canada’s first trans-continental railway and highway. This is the site of the 1962 ceremony at which Prime Minister John Diefenbaker officially opened the Trans-Canada Highway. Canada's worst avalanche disaster also occurred here in 1910, ultimately leading to the abandonment of the railway over Rogers Pass. You can explore the old rail line on the newly-redesigned Abandoned Rails Trail.
View from the Snowsheds Picnic Area© Parks Canada / Rick ReynoldsEver wondered what it feels like at the bottom of the Grand Canyon? The view at Snowsheds Picnic Area stretches 1500 metres (5000 ft), from the valley floor up to the very gates of the Selkirk Mountains. Tucked between the towering cliffs of Mount Macdonald and Mount Tupper, this picnic area is located in one of the most spectacular settings in the mountain national parks. You can see a collapsed century-old railway snowshed from your picnic table. (Accessible to eastbound traffic only)
Bear Creek Falls© Parks Canada / Jeff Bolingbroke
Bear Creek Falls Picnic Area is the trailhead for a beautiful walk to the waterfalls on Connaught Creek. The trail descends about 95 metres from the picnic area then climbs a short distance back uphill for a view of the falls. From the bottom of the falls, there is sometimes a surprising sight visible at the very top - keep an eye out! In case you’re wondering, Bear Creek was renamed Connaught Creek in 1939, but the waterfalls kept their original name.