The Rocky Mountains stretch more than 3,000 miles (4,800 km) from the northernmost part of British Columbia. Originally formed from 80 million years ago, in where a number of plates began to slide underneath the North American plate. Since then, further tectonic activity and erosion by glaciers have shaped the Rockies into different peaks and valleys. Nowadays, public parks and forestlands protect much of the mountain ranges, and is a popular tourist destination, especially for hiking, camping, fishing, skiing and snowboarding.
The healing power of the Rocky Mountains is everlasting. Discover the gigantic-sized charms of Yellowstone, Rocky Mountain, Grand Teton and Glacier National Parks, where wild lives and nature still in harmony. Feed your wanderlust in Jasper and Banff national parks, where you can enjoys adventures through some of the most spectacular scenery on the earth. Let the mountains heal your soul, relax and immense yourself closer to nature while soaking in hot springs under a roof of stars, sipping cold microbrews or feasting farm-to table style.
Banff is a beautiful resort town high up in Alberta’s Rockies Mountains. It is one of Canada’s most popular tourist destinations known for its mountainous surrounding and hot springs. The township is located within Banff National Park, and at an elevation of between 1,400m/4,600ft – 1,630m/5,350 ft, Banff has the second highest elevation in Alberta after Lake Louise. It is definitely a place for outdoor activities and features extensive hiking, biking and skiing areas within the area, you may also spot the occasional deer on the outskirts of town.
Banff is a friendly and welcoming town offers an endless variety of shops, restaurants and bars which creates a relax and calming atmosphere all year round. Just wandering along downtown Avenue and you’ll discover a diverse collection of local and international designer clothing stores, galleries, spas, souvenir shops and hotels. In addition, there are many outdoors activities waiting for you to enjoy. Be sure to bring a warm jacket, as you can feel cold easily! When it’s time to warm up, medicate yourself in the soothing hot springs in which for more than a century, visitors had relaxed in the historical Banff Upper Hot Springs – all with a background of snow covered Mountains behind. With the spectacular Rocky Mountains towering all around, and the raw wilderness surrounding the township, Banff will be your second home, once you’re inside, you never want to come out.
Banff National Park is Canada’s oldest national park; it consists of 6,641 square kilometers of unparalleled mountain terrain, with numerous glaciers carved lakes and ice fields, snow covered alpine landscapes nestled in the heart of the magnificent Canadian Rockies.
It is one of Canada’s most exciting and beautiful winter holiday destinations, which attracts over three five million visitors every year to explore a wide range of activities including hiking, skiing and camping is some of the world’s most breathtaking mountain scenery. Visitors can enjoy all the comforts of home in the town of Banff and the village of Lake Louise, or step out into the wilderness and the home of some of North America’s wildest creatures, including grizzly bears, caribou and wolves. It is the very essence of what people imagine the Canadian Rockies to be.
Established in 1907, Jasper National Park is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies with 10,878 square kilometers of mountain wilderness. It is internationally renowned for the famous glaciers of Columbia Icefield, one of the only Icefields in the world accessible by road.
Jasper National Park is home to some of North America’s rarest animals, including grizzly bears, caribou, lynx, and wolverine. The most sighting of birds that fly around this park including bald eagles, golden eagles, great horned owls, evening grosbeaks and Canada geese. All ages groups are welcome to limb aboard one of Canada’s oldest forms of winter transportation: a dog sled. As you glide over the snow, sit back and relax, or take a turn driving your team of friendly Alaskan Huskies.
Yoho National Park was established in 1886. The name Yoho comes from the Cree word for awe and wonder. The park has 28 mountain peaks more than 3000m in height and over 400km o hiking trails. It has one of Canada’s highest waterfalls – Takakkaw Falls (254m). One of the world’s most important fossil finds – the Burgess Shales, which contains fossilized remains of more than 120 marine animal species dating back 515 million years, is also locates here.
With exceptional hiking and sightseeing, the park offers a unique glimpse of Canada’s natural wonders, from the secrets of ancient ocean life to the power of ice and water. On the western slopes of the Great Divide, Yoho National Park brings Canada’s alpine majesty within reach of casual visitors and seasoned backpackers alike. Unplug and spend time with family at one of four campgrounds, challenge yourself with an all day hike to a half-billion-year-old fossil bed, or immerse yourself in Canadian history by travelling through the mountain pass that linked the West to the rest of Canada.
Kootenay National Park lies in the southeastern part of British Columbia Canada, covering approx. 1,500 km2 in the Canadian Rockies, and it is part of a World Heritage Site. Established in 1920 as part of an agreement to build a new road across the Rockies, Kootenay National Park is a place of unique contrasts, from icy mountain rivers to steamy hot springs.
While the park is open all year, the peak tourist season starts from June to September, when most campgrounds are open to public. Relax with the family and reconnect with nature at any of Kootenay National Park’s three campgrounds. All are within walking distance of gentle trails and natural attractions such as the historic Radium Hot Springs. Another recommendation is to take an hour scenic drive and discover a new surprise and hidden grounds around every bend. Spend the day exploring deep canyons and tumbling waterfalls just a short stroll from the road. Last but not least, plan a vacation traversing the park’s backcountry trails.