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Conservation at Mount Robson Park

March 17th, 2013 by insideout

Mount Robson Park provides representation of all the North Continental Range landscapes. The park protects multiple complex ecosystems, represented by four bio-geo-climatic zones. These ecosystems are called Interior Cedar Hemlock (ICH), located in the valley bottoms, Sub-boreal Spruce (SBS), Englemann Spruce-subalpine Fir (ESSF) and finally up slope to the Alpine Tundra (AT) zone. The vegetation communities change as the elevation increases.

As the vegetation changes, so does the wildlife. The diversity of species inside the park is a product of the diverse elevations. 182 species of birds are present in the park. Predator and prey relationships remain undisturbed by human interference in 80% of the park-zoned wilderness area. In fact, vast areas are zoned for wilderness conservation, meaning human use is not encouraged in any way – not even through the development of trails.

The beauty of Mount Robson wilderness is preserved for generations to come.

The beauty of Mount Robson wilderness is preserved for generations to come.

The park believes (and rightly so) the most important “customers” in these large wilderness areas are the wide variety of flora and fauna that depend on an undisturbed, intact wilderness.

In addition to protecting the largest peak in the entire Canadian Rockies, Mount Robson also protects beautiful, expansive alpine areas, clear rivers, lakes and highly valued wetland habitat. While towering mountains and imposing rock formations inspire and awe we humans, the main feature of the park, from a conservation perspective, is the headwaters of the Fraser River.

The Fraser River is of one of the world’s great rivers. Within the park, however, it is no more than a small, crystal clear creek. Believe it or not, this is the same river that empties into the Pacific Ocean, over 1,200 kilometers away in Vancouver. The very source of the great river lies in the south east corner of the park in Fraser Pass. Imagine drinking water from the very of start of one of the great rivers on this planet. Future generations will no doubt be grateful we protected over 100 kilometres of the Fraser River’s headwaters within Mount Robson Park.

Celebrate the Natural Wonder of Mount Robson at Mountain River Lodge

There is little we love more than this glorious landscape and all the wildlife that finds sustenance here. That is why we started our bed and breakfast in the shadow of Mount Robson, minutes from the Berg Lake trail. We also have stand alone cabins. We hope to see you finding solace here this spring.

 

Climbing Mount Robson

October 23rd, 2012 by insideout

“Every aspect of this peak will inspire even the most veteran alpinist to stare at her for a few minutes, in order to feel her power, her beauty and her enticement. The pure intimidation of Mount Robson can send shivers up your spine.” – William Marler

As the tallest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Mount Robson, which stands at an impressive 12,944ft/3,945m, is a long-standing mountaineering objective for Canadian and International climbers. It is a mountain so big that it creates its own weather patterns and micro-climates not seen in other parts of the Canadian Rockies. This big climb, unquestionably one of the classic mountaineering routes in North America, attracts accomplished climbers from around the world.

If alpine climbing is not your hobby, check our page about the Berg Lake hike – it is a great one for the outdoor lover. But if mountain climbing is your interest, read on.

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Mount Robson Park

February 29th, 2012 by claudia

Jasper National ParkMount Robson Park is home to the largest mountain in the Canadian Rockies.
Its namesake, Mount Robson, rises majestically to 3954 metres, dwarfing its neighboring peaks. This is one of British Columbia’s oldest and largest parks, established to preserve its scenic mountains, waterfalls, lakes and rivers. It is next to Jasper National Park on the B.C./Alberta border. Declared a World Heritage Site in 1990 to preserve it for all the people of earth, it is home to many species of wildlife. Moose, black bear, grizzly bear, caribou, mule deer and mountain goat all call this area home. Over 170 species of birds have been sighted here, with the Rufous Hummingbird one of our most entertaining summer residents. As the headwaters for the Fraser River, a historic trade route, the easy access into the beautiful mountain terrain has long made this park an excellent destination for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Bird Watching

February 1st, 2012 by claudia

Bird WatchingBird watching has reached new heights at the Starratt Wildlife Sanctuary.
Get a bird’s eye view from the 30 metre viewing towers overlooking the expansive marsh, home to many species of migratory birds and waterfowl. Created as a protected area in 1985 by the conservation group Ducks Unlimited, is now enjoyed by enthusiastic local and bird watchers from around the world.
An interpretive trail, maintained by a local hiking and trail club, explains the many plants and animals found here, as it winds through and around the marshlands.
To get really up close and personal with the muskrats, beavers, ducks and geese, glide silently through the maze of reeds and channels in a canoe.
A knowledgeable guide will steer you through the marsh and point out hidden nests of goslings, beaver lodges built of sticks and mud, and show you a world unseen by many.

Salmon Migration

January 14th, 2012 by claudia

Truly one of nature’s greatest shows of strength and determination, the annual salmon migration in the mighty Fraser River is a sight to behold. Beginning early August in the Mount Robson area, and lasting for about 4 weeks, this stretch of local water is the end of the salmon migration. It is the longest in the world, and we feel very honored that they come all the way up here. From our lodge 5 minutes by car in either direction are waterfalls. To the west you will find Rearguard waterfalls, and Overlander waterfalls are located east. This is the last stretch of the Fraser River that the salmon are able to navigate. Having already swam upstream for over 1200 kilometers, only the strongest of the strong make it up the Rearguard Falls, only to find that Overlander Falls is not an option. Watch as the determined salmon try time and again to jump up the falls. Without having stopped once to eat or rest, the fish arrive here physically exhausted and abused. They recognize the waters of their birthplace, and return after 7 years to complete their life cycle in a dramatic ending. Finding a mate, the females lay eggs and protect this nest until their last gasping breath. This dance of life and death in the waters of the mighty Fraser River can best be witnessed by joining the salmon in their own environment. An interpretive float trip in a large raft along the quiet waters of the river allow you to see the salmon mating and protecting their nest of precious eggs, dug by her tail fin in a sandy part of the riverbed. Watch golden eagle soar overhead, as they seek out the remains of this rich protein source. Bear also like to feast on the salmon and can be seen on the river banks. An experienced guide will explain how and why the salmon migration happens, and the other animals that benefit from this. Learn about the colorful local history, with its past of fur traders and native Indians that left their mark in the history books.

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