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Waputik Icefield

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Waputik Icefield

The Waputik Icefield is located on the Continental divide in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, in the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta. It is developed on the heights of the Waputik Range in the Central Main Ranges.

The icefield is shared by Banff and Yoho National Parks and numerous outlet glaciers extend from the icefield. Runoff from the Waputik Icefield provides water for numerous lakes, streams and rivers including Hector Lake, and the Bow, Kicking Horse and Yoho Rivers. Runoff from the Daly Glacier feeds Takakkaw Falls.

The icefield encompasses 40 km² (15 miles²) and is located 20 km (12 mi) northwest of Lake Louise, on the west side of the Icefield Parkway.

The icefield is easily accessible by mountaineers in both the summer and winter. Both ski trips in the winter and glacier hiking trips in the summer often combine a traverse of this icefield with a trip across the Wapta Icefield directly to the north.

A panoramic photo of the Waputik Icefield taken from the Scott Duncan Hut in 2005


  • Glaciers 1
  • Huts 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4


The following glaciers are part of this icefield:

  • Waputik Glacier
  • Diableret Glacier
  • Glacier des Poilus
  • Emerald Glacier
  • Bath Glacier
  • Niles Glacier
  • Balfour Glacier
  • Daly Glacier


There are two huts operated by the Alpine Club of Canada which are accessible from this icefield:

See also


  1. ^ Scott Duncan Hut
  2. ^ R.J. Ritchie (Balfour) Hut
  • "Waputik Icefield". Canadian Mountain Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2006-07-03. 

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