By now, you recognize I’ve an actual gentle spot for Canada! It’s one among my favorite international locations to go to with essentially the most unimaginable cities like; Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary (to call a couple of). That being stated, the true draw for me is the good outdoor, particularly with all one of the best locations within the Canadian Rocky Mountains to go to.
Stretching between the attractive places in Alberta and British Columbia, the Canadian Rocky Mountains is among the most dramatic and iconic locations in western Canada which you can’t miss. It’s completely attractive and residential to world-famous lakes, frozen waterfalls and essentially the most beautiful scenic spots. It’s completely timeless and fully attractive.
We’ve explored the Canadian Rocky Mountains fairly a couple of instances now – and, on every go to, we all the time discover someplace we haven’t been. That is the primary lesson in exploring the mountains right here, I feel it’d take you years (if not a long time) to see all there’s to expertise. So, don’t anticipate to ‘full’ or see every part in only one journey; it simply isn’t attainable.
That being stated, you possibly can simply make a dent in a few of the most iconic and dazzling spots to get an actual taster of what the Canadian Rockies is all about.
So, to avoid wasting you just a little time (and to maximise your journey), I needed to share the gems we completely cherished. Some are inside straightforward attain of Banff or day journeys from cities like Calgary; while others would require just a little planning. Regardless of the case, I’m certain I can whet your urge for food with a handful of spots you’ll love.
Have a look, under, at one of the best locations within the Canadian Rocky Mountains to go to. Have an incredible time in Canada.
1.) Icefields Parkway, Alberta
Top-of-the-line locations within the Canadian Rocky Mountains to drive, you’ll be capable to cease off at spots like; Boundary Lake, the unimaginable Columbia Icefield Skywalk and even spot the Stutfield Glacier that’s completely enormous!
Plus, if you happen to fancy a average hike, be part of the Parker Ridge Trail that has some epic views. Simply make sure you take some layers, it does get chilly on the prime!
Now, we’ve pushed this route fairly a couple of instances and though it’s completely beautiful it may be closed with out warning, particularly within the colder months (on account of avalanches). We’ve been caught out a couple of instances by this and it’s a reasonably large detour (a superb 4-5 hours additional) if you happen to’re planning on driving between Jasper and Banff.
2.) Yoho Nationwide Park, British Columbia
Yoho Nationwide Park has some bonny views throughout the Canadian Rockies and is well one among British Columbia’s most iconic parks.
As soon as right here, you possibly can head round to discover; the Pure Bridge, Hamilton Falls, Takakkaw Falls, Spiral Tunnel, Higher Spiral Tunnel Viewpoint, and The Village of Discipline. You’ll be spoilt for alternative, particularly with the Emerald Lake and Lake O’Hara, too.
What I might say is that you just’ll want a good quantity of days to really discover Yoho Nationwide Park. So, ensure you guide your self into some lodgings so that you’re not too pressed for time.
Oh, and don’t overlook you possibly can simply pop over to Wapta Falls, too!
3.) Banff Nationwide Park, Alberta
Being Canada’s oldest nationwide park, Banff is among the extra well-known and well-known spots to see within the Candian Rockies. Set across the city of Banff itself, the nationwide park is a large area that features a few of the prettiest spots in Alberta.
As soon as right here, you possibly can discover; Lake Minnewanka, head on the paths round Mount Norquay and ski the slopes at Sunshine Village.
Oh, and if you happen to’re hankering for a deal with, guide a keep on the Fairmont Lake Louise – we cherished it and the views have been unimaginable across the lake. Simply don’t fall down as a lot as I did when ice-skating throughout the lake – these bruises damage!
4.) Peyto Lake, Alberta
One other spot in Banff Nationwide Park, Peyto Lake is named after Invoice Peyto, a pioneering mountain information that when labored in Banff.
Now, Peyto Lake is completely attractive, particularly with the blue-green color that’s brought on by the glacier waters which might be excessive in minerals.
One factor to notice, automobile parking will be restricted right here – particularly on busier weekends. If you wish to keep away from the vast majority of guests, head throughout a very first thing within the morning when it’s a lot quieter.
5.) Wells Grey, British Columbia
We couldn’t resist a cease at Wells Grey Provincial Park while road tripping between Vancouver to Calgary – and what an awesome name it was!
We spent an entire day right here, although you possibly can spend for much longer, and discover a few of the parks most iconic spots.
When you arrive, make sure you spot Helmcken Falls that’s completely unimaginable in winter or summer season. Plus, take a while to go to Spahats Creek Falls or go whitewater rafting (with Interior Whitewater Expeditions) on the North Thompson River.
We cherished it.
6.) Johnston Canyon, Alberta
Simply off the Trans-Canadian Freeway, Johnston Canyon is a comparatively straightforward hike that’s nice if you happen to’re not essentially the most assured of hikers (however nonetheless need nice views).
Taking you thru with scenic wooded canyon, with trails for mountaineering, it’s among the finest locations within the Canadian Rocky Mountains to go to in any season. Although do put on crampons if you happen to’re heading on the paths in winter (like we did), the route is icy.
Alongside the best way, you’ll get to see Lower Canyon Falls and Upper Canyon Falls which is a must-see! Taking about 2.5-hours (there and again) it’s one thing we did within the morning earlier than heading again to Calgary.
7.) Moraine Lake, Alberta
Near the border with British Columbia, Moraine Lake is a very eye-catching lake that has some unimaginable mountaineering trails across the shore.
For one of the best views, head to the Rockpiles space the place you’ll get to see all throughout the glacial fed waters!
8.) Athabasca Falls, Alberta
Nestled inside Jasper National Park, Athabasca Falls is among the greatest locations within the Canadian Rocky Mountains to discover that’s round 25-minutes south of Jasper city.
Very easy to go to, as soon as right here you possibly can discover a few of the trails and observe the routes over the falls that’s completely beautiful when the water is excessive.
Additionally, if you happen to fancy a ski, head over to Marmot Basin (simply north) to attempt their slopes. A lot quieter than spots like Sunshine Village, it’s a complete gem that has a heap of runs for all talents.
9.) Canmore, Alberta
We spent fairly a little bit of time in and round Canmore on our final journey to the Canadian Rockies and completely cherished it. Though not inside a Nationwide Park itself, the area is beautiful and there’s a lot to see.
After arriving, make sure you trek Grotto Canyon that’s completely stunning within the winter months.
Simply make sure that to get some crampons as you’ll be mountaineering over the frozen river at instances! Hold your eyes peeled for the historic pictographs painted by First Nations folks on the partitions of the canyon.
If that’s not your factor, head over to the Wolfdog sanctuary that cares for wolfdogs that may’t be launched into the wild. we stopped by for a couple of hours and completely cherished studying extra about wolfdogs and the way they happened.
For a spot to remain, drive to Kananaskis and test into the Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge. It was completely beautiful and so they even have a Nordic-style out of doors spa, too!
Lastly, for some epic views, head on a helicopter flight from Alpine Helicopters (we did the Royal Canadian Tour) that took us proper over the Canadian Rockies and effectively into the towering mountains.
It was unimaginable and such an awesome view.
10.) Maligne Lake and Canyon, Alberta
Nestled inside Jasper, Maligne Canyon and Maligne Lake is among the extra widespread locations in Jasper Nationwide Park to see.
On a transparent day, you’ll get to see the unimaginable rocky peaks and spot the glaciers that feed the lake itself. In the summertime months, you possibly can hire a canoe and paddle the lake’s waters; it’s completely stunning and serene.
Additionally, if you happen to’re visiting within the winter, head to Maligne Canyon and hike by the frozen path to the waterfall.
It’s completely beautiful and very easy to book with a guide in Jasper.
11.) Takakkaw Falls, British Columbia
As talked about inside Yoho Nationwide Park, Takakkaw Falls is a spot you actually can’t miss. You see, at over 370+ metres in top, it’s the second tallest waterfall in all of Canada!
Fancy an extended hike? Head on the Iceline Path that heads manner past Laughing Falls and is completely stunning and unspoilt.
12.) Lake Louise, Alberta
Most likely Alberta’s most-famous lake, Lake Louise is a gem to see at any time of the yr.
Briefly touched upon earlier, We’ve visited Lake Louise in summer season and winter and it’s completely stunning and effectively price a gander while exploring the broader Canadian Rockies.
In the summertime, you’ll get to go out on the lake inside a canoe and hike the paths overlooking the Rockies themselves.
During the winters the turquoise waters freeze and you may head proper onto Lake Louise to go ice skating!