Bear Glacier in Steart, British Columbia, Canada

Bear Glacier in Stewart, British Columbia

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A must stop if you’ve visiting Stewart, British Colombia or taking a road trip to Hyder, Alaska, is Bear Glacier.

Now, I know this website is called “Silly America” and this is neither a silly site nor in “America” (although Canada is in North America…so it totally counts!), but any traveler has to pause to take in all the sites ona road trip and sometimes there are things that you should never pass up seeing!

Bear Glacier lies on Highway 37A near Stewart in British Columbia. It is one of few blue glaciers and is the easiest accessed blue glacier in the world.

Unfortunately you can definitely see the effects of global warming. The glacier once reached much further down, filling the entire Bear River Pass. In the 1940s, however, the glacier began to melt and retreated, forming Strohn Lake which lies below. In 1967 it retreated more and continues to this day.

In any case, the glacier and its marvelous color is simply breathtaking and am amazing (and completely un-Silly) site to see!

Bear Glacier in Steart, British Columbia, Canada

Bear Glacier in Steart, British Columbia, Canada

Bear Glacier in Steart, British Columbia, Canada

Bear Glacier in Steart, British Columbia, Canada

Bear Glacier in Steart, British Columbia, Canada

Bear Glacier in Steart, British Columbia, Canada

Bear Glacier in Steart, British Columbia, Canada

Bear Glacier in Steart, British Columbia, Canada

Bear Glacier in Steart, British Columbia, Canada

Site: Bear Glacier
Location: Highway 37A, approximately 30 km before arriving in Stewart. There is a road side pull out to park.
Date: June 27, 2009

Val

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited over 300 roadside attractions across 31 states and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!

Val also blogs about her life, travels, and cats on her personal blog, Choosing Figs.

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