The spectacular ice caves hidden beneath Canada's glaciers

This amazing space was designed by the original architect herself - mother nature.

Canada is undeniably one of the world's most incredible countries when it comes to natural landscapes.

The Pemberton Icecap, near the ski resort of Whistler in British Columbia, is one of the jewels that graces this snowy paradise.

In Lifestyle show George Clarke's Amazing Spaces: Snow Special, the architect and presenter uncovers the spectacular spaces created by mother nature herself.

Filmed in British Columbia and Alberta, Canada, this one hour special sees master craftsman Will Hardie join George to showcase everything from remote ski lodges to epic glaciers.

Of course, not all beautiful spaces are manmade, as Will discovered on an expedition 1,300 metres up the remote Pemberton Icecap with cave explorer Doug Washer.

Pemberton is the largest and southernmost icecap in the region, covering an area almost six times the size of Manhattan.

Triangular in shape, it sits on a 15,000-year-old glacier with a 50-foot layer of snowdrift on top, shaped by the surrounding volcanic mountains.

The magnificent ice caves beneath are formed every year as the seasons change.

Snowfall melts to form a stream that makes its way along the bed of the glacier, revealing open caverns of incredible ice sculptures.

Inside, they emit a gorgeous clear blue because all the other colours in the light spectrum get filtered out.

The Pemberton Icecap is so impressive, it has stood in for Antarctica and the Arctic in blockbusters like the X-Files movie and the Stargate franchise, and specialist tours are available for those adventurous enough.

Watch the clip above to see Will and Doug explore the icecap and make an unexpected discovery 300 metres deep - an untouched cave.

Don't miss George Clarke's Amazing Spaces: Snow Special on Lifestyle, June 19 at 8:30pm, to see the team explore even more snowy spaces.


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