Bear Glacier:  Repeat Photography

Bear Glacier as seen from Hillside Above Highway 37A

In the early-20th century Bear Glacier extended to where Highway 37A now sits and covered its current location by tens of meters!  Unfortunately there is no known date for the ‘c. 1900’ photograph, but it was likely taken in the earliest years of the 20th century.  Another image (see it here), likely taken on the same day, shows the hillside where the photograph was taken and the position of Bear Glacier against (and well up!) the valley wall above the current Highway 37A.  Recession of Bear Glacier is evident, but perhaps more dramatic is the loss of volume.

Note:  The ‘c. 1900’ image is used here with the permission of the Royal BC Museum, BC Archives and may not be reproduced without permission.  Thank you!

Bear Glacier from Highway 37A

Bear Glacier as seen from alongside Highway 37A.

Note:  The 1978 image is used here with the permission of the Royal BC Museum, BC Arvhices and may not be reproduced without permission.  Thank you!

Recent recession of Bear Glacier away from Strohn Lake.

Bear Glacier and Highway 37A

Bear Glacier, highway 37A, Strohn Lake and . . . a logging truck!.

Note:  The 1978 image is used here with the permission of the Royal BC Museum, BC Arvhices and may not be reproduced without permission.  Thank you!