Several picnic areas offer great opportunities to experience historic aspects of Glacier National Park and Rogers Pass National Historic Site:

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.

View of the Illecillewaet River and the Mountains of Rogers Pass near the Mount Sir Donald picnic site
View from near the Mount Sir Donald picnic site
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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.
The Illecillewaet picnic area
View from the Illecillewaet picnic area
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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 Summit of Rogers Pass picnic area
View from the Summit of Rogers Pass picnic area
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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.
Bear Creek Falls
View from Bear Creek Falls
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