22April12 - Across the Great Divide (Happy Earth Day). This is the Apex to the hydrological divide of the American continent. The continental divide refers to the mountainous watershed that separates drainage into the Pacific, Arctic--and in this case even the Atlantic Ocean. We were very happy and lucky to have seen this majestic site from down below and up above. Considered a triple divide or triple point directly on the border between Alberta and British Columbia, it's called Snow Dome because the Columbia Icefield completely covers the summit. The continuous accumulation of snow feeds eight major glaciers including the Athabasca, Dome, and Stutfield Glaciers
From these peaks, water flows into the Pacific Ocean via the Columbia River system; the Arctic Ocean via the Athabasca River and MacKenzie River systems; and Hudson Bay via the North Saskatchewan River system. One of the largest accumulations of ice and snow south of the Arctic Circle, it covers an area of nearly 325 square kilometres, sometimes reaching a depth of 300-360 meters.