The Canadian Rockies is home to five national parks and charming alpine towns, and is one of Canada’s most popular destinations. Travel into the heart of incredible scenery on a Canadian Rockies vacation and experience stunning vistas ranging from verdant river valleys and dramatic rock sheds to lush rain-forests and deep canyons with the peaks of the majestic mountains, which span more than 69,000 square miles across two provinces, looming high above.
About Canadian Rockies
- A region with sparkling diorama of sawtooth peaks, dense forests, ethereally colored lakes and crenulated coastlines ever-whipped by dramatic ocean waves.
- The Canadian Rockies comprise the Canadian segment of the North American Rocky Mountains. They are the eastern part of the Canadian Cordillera, which is a system of multiple ranges of mountains which runs from the Canadian Prairies to the Pacific Coast.
- The Canadian Rockies have numerous high peaks and ranges, such as Mount Robson (3,954 m (12,972 ft)) and Mount Columbia (3,747 m (12,293 ft)). There is a non-technical route to the top involving only kicking steps in the snow, but the approach is across the Columbia Ice-field and requires glacier travel and crevasse rescue knowledge.
- Canadian Rockies is a region of alpine lakes, diverse wildlife and outdoor recreation sites. Yoho National Park is home to the massive Takakkaw Falls. Other national parks are Jasper, with the famously accessible Athabasca Glacier, and Banff, site of glacier-fed Lake Louise.
- The Canadian Rockies are composed of shale and limestone. Much of the range is protected by national and provincial parks, several of which collectively comprise a World Heritage Site.
- The Canadian Rockies are noted for being the source of several major river systems, and also for the many rivers within the range itself. The Rockies form the divide between the Pacific drainage on the west and that of Hudson Bay and the Arctic Ocean on the east. Of the range’s rivers, only the Peace River penetrates the range.
Best Time to Visit
If you are planning a Travel to Canada then consider a trip during a shoulder season such as mid-September to mid-October when there’s less crowds. It’s a good way to visit Banff on a budget too.