Ask most people, and they will agree that Canada is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. The vast nation that is known as the “True North Strong and Free’ abounds in amazing natural scenery, the most stunning (and visited) of which are the Canadian Rockies. If you’ve ever had a yearning to take a vacation to the Canadian Rockies, here are eight reasons why you definitely should.
This mountain resort town in western Alberta is only a few minutes’ drive from the neighboring Canadian province of British Columbia. Jasper is perfect any time of the year. Come here in the summertime to soak in Miette Hot Springs or hike in the vast wilderness that surrounds the town. In winter, this sleepy community comes alive as thousands of tourists descend on its borders for skiing and snowshoeing. Furthermore, on a clear, cold night, you’ll be able to see the wondrously colorful Northern Lights.
Banff and Lake Louise
When traveling to the Canadian Rockies, it’s almost a given that you’ll spend at least a day in Banff and Lake Louise. If you want to capture your memories in photographs, there’s no better place to do so. The blue glacial waters of Lake Louise are a marvel to behold. If you want to stay in luxury during your time in Banff, you’ll enjoy the world-famous Fairmont Springs Hotel.
Moraine Lake is not far from Banff. For those who really want to experience the true rugged wilderness of the Canadian Rockies, Moraine Lake is the best. This glacial lake is nestled in amongst the Valley of the Ten Peaks. There’s a trail that runs along the perimeter of the lake.
No trip to the Canadian Rockies would be complete without a bit of adventure. You’ll find lots of adventure in the Columbia Icefield. Take a ride on an all-terrain vehicle known as the ‘Ice Explorer’ which will take you around the Athabasca Glacier. Your guide will give you information about the history of the icefield and how climate change is affecting it. You can also go for a walk on the Glacier Skywalk, which is a walkway that takes you over the Sunwapta Valley.
The Canadian Rockies also offer some of the best wildlife viewing on the planet. Elk. Bighorn sheep. Grizzly bears. Moose. Mountain lions. Beavers. If you want to see Canada’s big animals in their natural habitats, you’ll be impressed – to say the least. Just don’t get too close to these beasts, some of which can be quite aggressive if disturbed.
The ideal time to visit Johnston Canyon is in the summer months. A popular retreat for tourists is the Tunnel Mountain Village Campground, which is on the outskirts of Banff. Some of the best hiking in the Canadian Rockies is found here. Very close to the canyon is Johnston Creek Falls.
There’s nothing quite as spectacular as watching the rushing Athabasca River run through several rocky gorges as it makes it way through the mountains. Better still, you can hike along on top of the gorge. The waterfall is the highlight of the trip.
Out of all the peaks in the North American Rocky Mountain Range, Mount Robson is the most important. It is also the highest point in the Canadian Rockies. While you probably won’t be climbing to the summit, there is an amazing hiking trail that begins at the base and goes for ten miles.
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