Thursday, September 15, 2011

Avalanches

Did you know Canada.. thousands of avalanches happen in Canada every single year?

They can happen in all regions of Canada, but are more frequent in the mountains of British Columbia, the Yukon and Alberta.

In our history some of the worst avalanches have occurred in Rogers Pass, British Columbia (in 1906 and again in 1910) and Cooper Mine, British Columbia (in 1915 and again in 1918). More recently the Inuit community of Kangiqsualujjuaq, lost 9 of their members in Quebec's worst avalanche on New Years Eve 1999.

Many will also remember the tragedy that struck Michel Trudeau, who was the youngest son of the late Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and Margaret Trudeau - he was killed in an avalanche while skiing at British Columbia's Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park on November 13, 1998; he was 23 years old. His body was swept into Kokanee Lake - his body has never been recovered.

1 comment:

  1. Avalanches scare the crap out of me, it's just such a horrible way to die, being trapped under all that heavy cold snow.

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