The huge snow of last winter combined with the epic rainfall of June has created messes everywhere in the region. Most notable is the serious flooding in Sicamous, that forced hundreds to leave their homes. There were also two major mudslides that resulted in closure of the Trans-Canada Highway for several days.
Up in Glacier National Park, the chaos has meant lots of work for trail crews. Check out these two pictures (courtesy Parks Canada) – the first of a bridge along the Perley Rock/Sir Donald Trail, and the second of the Abandoned Rails trail.
The Perley Rock/Sir Donald trail has been repaired, Parks Canada spokesperson Tania Peters told me today. The Abandoned Rails trail is still undergoing slope assessment and remains closed for the foreseeable future. There was also flooding in the Illecillewaet Campground that caused it to close down for a few days, but a portion of it was opened just before the long-weekend.
What’s the problem? How about 204.6mm of rain in June – 72 per cent more than the monthly average. It rained for 27 out of 30 days in June, making for a pretty dreary month.
There’s also enough snow in the alpine to cover a six-foot-tall person. That was of June 28 at the Mt. Fidelity snow plot, which is located at an elevation of 1,900m. The snowpack is nearly twice as deep as normal for this time of year. That means if you’re planning any hiking or mountaineering in the area, be prepared for deep snow and avalanche hazards, warns Peters.