In the very first years of the 20th century, members of the Vaux family, Quakers from Philadelphia who nurtured a keen interest in science, meticulously measured and monitored the Illecillewaet Glacier in Glacier National Park on their annual vacations. Today, as the Earth’s climate is changing and glaciers are rapidly shrinking, the baseline information they recorded is more valuable than ever. Throughout the decades since, generations of scientists wielding state-of-the-art technology continue to explore, study and interpret data gained from the glaciers that sprawl across the high alpine of Canada’s northern and western mountains, which ultimately feed our rivers and oceans.
Snowshoeing up steep mountainsides, fording turbulent run-off creeks and enduring howling winds, Lynn Martel has accompanied many of these scientists on missions to install equipment and collect information at research sites in remote and inhospitable corners of the Rockies and Selkirks. Learn about the challenges, the rewards and the discoveries that inspire the world’s top scientists to study Canada’s icefields.