Canada has more glacier ice than anywhere except Greenland and Antarctica. And while much of that ice is in the country’s Arctic region, thousands of glaciers – some small, others still quite large — and icefields are found in the mountain ranges of Alberta and British Columbia.

These glac­i­ers and ice­fields store our water and release it dur­ing the hot sum­mer months, they feed our rivers and nour­ish our prairie wheat fields, and per­form myr­i­ad oth­er valu­able func­tions in nature.

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Yes, they are melt­ing. But, while they are here, those glac­i­ers are also fas­ci­nat­ing, dynam­ic places where peo­ple pur­sue adven­tures, run busi­ness­es, con­duct sci­en­tif­ic stud­ies, and cre­ate art, pho­tog­ra­phy, films and even books, all year round. Sto­ries of Ice: Adven­ture, Com­merce and Cre­ativ­i­ty on Canada’s Glac­i­ers is just such a book.

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Join author Lynn Mar­tel as she shares cap­ti­vat­ing sto­ries from west­ern Canada’s glac­i­ers, from the moth­er and daugh­ter pow­er duo who skied for five months across ice­fields and glac­i­ers from Van­cou­ver, British Colum­bia to Skag­way, Alas­ka, car­ry­ing heavy packs and sleep­ing in tents through vicious storms; to sci­en­tists who dis­cov­ered biofilms liv­ing deep inside glac­i­er cav­erns 50 metres below the ice sur­face; to pro­test­ers who camped for weeks to pro­tect their beloved local glac­i­er.

With gor­geous, eye pop­ping images by some of the country’s best out­door pho­tog­ra­phers, Lynn shares the excite­ment, the mys­tery, and the won­der of Canada’s glac­i­ers, through her excit­ing, enter­tain­ing, inspir­ing, and thought-pro­vok­ing pre­sen­ta­tions.

It was refresh­ing to have fun learn­ing about cli­mate change!”     

– land­scape pho­tog­ra­ph­er Joanne Liu