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Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada  08/01/06 (Day 98)

What do you do when you only have a day to explore one of Canada’s most diverse and compelling parks? You head out on a trail that will give you a glimpse of it all: from glaciers to meadows to waterfalls to alpine lakes to snowy peaks.

But it doesn’t come cheap. The roughly 15 mile Iceline Trail starts off from the Whiskey Jack Hostel with a bang, gaining a couple thousand feet in elevation during the first couple of miles. The trail is steep, but it delivers us to the top of a high ridge that then travels easily past glaciers before dropping back down through meadows, lakes and forests. The descent is gentler than the ascent, so hike the trail in reverse if you prefer a longer, more gradual climb up. No matter which direction you take, the Iceline is a full day hike—and a full taste of what Yoho National Park has to offer.

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