The Rocky Mountains in Canada

Updated: Mar 9

The Rocky Mountains in Canada often called the Canadian Rockies rank high among the best places to visit in Canada. It is a treasure of scenic grandeur with mountain peaks, turquoise lakes, waterfalls, glaciers, alpine forests, and wildlife.

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Table of Content: "The Rocky Mountains in Canada"

1. Banff National Park

2. Banff Trails & Lakes

3. Icefield Parkway

4. Jasper National Park

5. Jasper Trails & Lakes

6. Travel Advice for the Canadian Rockies

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The Rocky Mountains in Canada stretch over 1600 km and are located at the border of British Columbia and Alberta the two western provinces of Canada. Along its vast stretch lies the Banff National Park – Canada’s first national park and further up in the north is the Jasper National Park – Canada’s largest national park. Both the parks are part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 230 Km long Icefield Parkway – rated as one of the most scenic drives in the world connects the two parks.

Banff National Park

Millions of people visit Banff year-round for hiking, biking, skiing, camping and to see its turquoise lakes, magnificent mountain peaks, and picturesque towns and villages. The hub of all the activities in the resort town of Banff. This picturesque small town is located within the Banff National Park and is about 140 km from Calgary Airport for many this is the starting point of their Canadian Rockies adventure.

The skyline of the town is dominated by the peaks of Mt. Rundle and Mt. Cascade. The main thoroughfare – Banff Avenue is dotted with chateau-styled hotels, restaurants, boutiques, and souvenir shops. There is a fee for every visitor to the Banff National Park and you can pick up your ticket or pass along brochures, guides, and maps from the Visitor Centre located at the Banff Town or at Lake Louse.

The most popular activity is to take a cable car ride with the Banff Gondola to the summit of the Sulphur Mountain. Once at the summit you will be surrounded by some of the most breath-taking mountain scenery.

At the peak, there is a 3-tier deck offering spectacular panoramic views of the mountain ranges. A stroll in the boardwalk (Vista Trail – Banff Skywalk) leads to the weather observatory which is a National Historic Site on the Sanson’s Peak for stunning views of the town and the valley. One can also hike the South East Ridge Trail to reach the Sulphur Mountain’s true summit.