You know the feeling of being somewhere and wishing you could stay forever? There are a few places like that in the world, and the Canadian Rockies is one of them. You’ve seen the pictures - dazzling peaks, lush mountain meadows, emerald lakes, virgin forest, towering waterfalls and wildlife galore. Everywhere you point your camera is alpine eye candy. Stretching from the Continental Divide on Alberta’s southwestern border north into British Columbia, the Canadian Rockies are a network of provincial and national parks that have collectively been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. An eye-popping 90 minute drive west of Calgary and four hours west of Edmonton. The Canadian Rockies are packed with year round outdoor adventures. Hike or horseback thousands of kilometers of trails through mind-blowing alpine panoramas. Paddle, raft, fish, climb and golf all summer long. When the snow falls, get in on the action of skiing, boarding, dog sledding, snowshoeing and ice climbing. Go wildlife watching or slip into outdoor natural hot springs year round. Feel the Rocky Mountain high long after the snow melts off your boots. Glaciers. Canyons. Turquoise lakes. Moose in the meadows. Live the mountain adventure of your dreams. Here’s your insider Canadian Rockies checklist! GETTING HERE IS HALF THE FUN From Calgary, hit Hwy 40 west through Kananaskis Country – the highest highway in Canada - toCanmore and the gates of Banff National Park. From Edmonton take Hwy 16 west past Hinton into Jasper National Park. MEDICINE AND MOCCASINS Learn the Aboriginal secrets of medicinal plants, making moccasins or wilderness survival skills along the Mahikan Trails. STRAP ON THE CRAMPONS The Canadian Rockies boast some of the best ice climbing on earth. Learn how to scale the ice like a pro. Seasoned climbers can travel by helicopter to ice that has never seen a pick. TRAINS AND PLANES Soar with the eagles high above the peaks on an aerial tour of the Rockies. Take a train tripthrough hidden mountain passes in a glass domed rail car. TRAPPERS’ TRAILS Leave the big parks behind and experience the Rockies on the trails of the early 19th century fur trappers in Willmore Wilderness Park near Grande Cache. 70 km of new backcountry trails were cleared in 2010-2011. Willmore borders the northern boundary of Jasper National Park. HIT THE SLOPES Ski and board in the Canadian Rockies and feel like you’re living in a glossy ski magazine. Swish the day away in light mountain powder at one of five downhill ski resorts. HEAVENLY HIGHWAY The drive between the towns of Banff and Jasper via iconic Lake Louise will thrill your soul. Ranked by National Geographic as one of the “10 Greatest Drives in the World”, the Icefields Parkway is 230 km (143 mi) of alpine ecstasy. Stop and do a hike along the way, and be sure to take a glacier tour on the Columbia Icefield, atop a triple continental divide. With ice as deep as 365 m (1,200 ft) it’s the largest fresh water ice mass on the continent. ROOM WITH A VIEW The mountain lodges and cabins in the Canadian Rockies have the perfect room for your alpine getaway. Retreats are as simple or as luxurious as you like. Get away from it all in a rustic cabin. Spoil yourself in a sumptuous lodge or alpine “castle.” ICE IS COOL Colossal ice sculptures and ice caves form naturally in the Canadian Rockies in winter. Join an ice walk and get out to the icefalls, ancient Aboriginal rock art, massive icicles and unusual rock formations in the frozen canyons. SCALE THE SHALE Look around and all you see are great spots for mountaineering and climbing. Learn to climb up cliffs and scale mountainsides. Beat the summer heat on a cool glacier. OUR VISITORS SAY: "WHOA! Not just any old waterfall...I don't usually get too excited by waterfalls but Athabasca is so beautiful, violent, and cool that my expectations were blown away...WELL worth the stop." ~ G. Pasquali, California
The Rocky Mountains of Canada are a vast land - filled with inspiring scenery, wildlife, a multitude of recreational activities for all ages and a lot of unique opportunities that only the people who live in this area know about.
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Welcome to Canada’s Alpine Adventure. For over 125 years, Banff National Park has provided visitors with a healthy combination of unspoiled wilderness, modern amenities and opportunities for active exploration. With such a breathtaking landscape, it’s no surprise that this UNESCO World Heritage Site has been nominated time and again as a “must-see” destination for travelers around the world.
Located just outside the Banff National Park boundaries, Canmore has evolved from a coal mining town in the late 19th century to a popular vacation destination. The area hosts a number of summer festivals an due to it's growing popularity with Albertans, real estate development and prices have surged.
The Jasper townsite is surrounded by a necklace of emerald lakes; Edith, Lake Annette, Patricia and Pyramid Lakes. Abundant wildlife, towering mountain peaks and a wide range of different accommodation styles from luxury to rustic cabins. Also home of "Big Friendly" Marmot Basin Ski Resort.
Lake Louise is probably the most photographed and beloved scene in the Canadian Rockies. Romantic and relaxing, the pace in Lake Louise attracts people who want to savour the finer and simple charms of life, the stillness of the outdoors, or a quiet walk after dinner.
Canada's Oil Sands The oil sands are a powerful source of Canadian energy. Moving us. Heating us. Creating jobs. Helping pay for public services. Energy from the oil sands happens because of the human energy and innovation that goes into it. People striving to do better while working to reduce impact on the environment. That’s as Canadian as it gets.
Located 1hr west of Lake Louise and Banff National Park, Golden offers visitors the chance to experience a true Canadian small town. Nestled between the Selkirk, Rocky and Purcell mountains, travellers enjoy the activities provided by the popular Kicking Horse Mtn Resort, skiing, mountain biking and a grizzly bear refuge.