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Bear Glacier Climbing
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Description"Bear Glacier is a destination for travellers heading north on Highway 37. Just a short side trip on Highway 37A towards Stewart, the Bear Glacier descends towards Strohn Lake, down Bear River Pass.
Ice once filled all of the pass, but in the 1940’s, the glacier began to retreat and Strohn Lake formed in the exposed basin. In 1967, Bear Glacier melted away from the valley wall and Strohn Lake was no longer dammed. Since then the glacier has continued its retreat."
-BC Parks Website
The same website states that the day use area for this park has been closed - presumably because of rockfall and construction going on near the road. They do say you can view the glacier from the large pullout, no mention of whether it is allowed to cross over to the glacier and no signs about it in person. If you do go, it is wilderness and you are really on your own!
River crossing/paddle required Details
Strohn Lake separates the glacier from the highway and the only way over is a 1 km paddle across the lake or a stream crossing and heinous bushwhack around the shore.
Getting ThereOn the road to Stewart you will pass Strohn Lake on your left. Park in the massive parking lot near the west side of the lake and paddle paddle across to the glacier. A small river separates you from walking to the glacier, but it may be possible to cross if the water is low. Beware, it is recent glacier melt and very cold!
In the winter you can probably just walk across the lake.
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