The Canadian Rockies contain some of the most stunning scenery in North America. With snow-capped peaks, crystal blue lakes, and lush green meadows, it’s no wonder wso many people flock here each year. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or just visiting for the day, here’s how you can make the most of your time exploring this rugged landscape.
Hiking is one of the best ways to experience all that the Canadian Rockies have to offer. From easy trails with breathtaking views to challenging summits that require technical climbing skills and equipment, this mountainous region has something for every traveler. Be sure to bring plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen, and insect repellant—and if you plan on spending more than a few hours out on the trail, consider bringing a first aid kit as well.
The Canadian Rockies have trails suitable for all levels, ranging from easy strolls through meadows and forests to more challenging summits that will take all day. Be sure to wear proper hiking gear and bring plenty of snacks and water. If you prefer something less strenuous, explore one of the area’s many lakes. Canoeing or kayaking is available at most major lakes and offers incredible views that can only be seen from the water. Take advantage of this rare opportunity and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife along the way.
As for wildlife sighting, bears and moose are the two animals you’re most likely to see. Grizzly bears are one of the most iconic and awe-inspiring creatures that call the Canadian Rockies home, and they’ve been living in this region for thousands of years. Grizzlies travel through alpine meadows and forested areas in search of food, so if you’re planning on exploring, be sure to keep your eyes open. Moose also roam the mountains here. Standing up to six feet tall and weighing up to 1,500 pounds, they can be found throughout Canada’s Rocky Mountains from May through October, but they do move seasonally depending on where food sources (such as aquatic plants) can be found. Moose are solitary animals by nature, so don’t expect to see large groups — you may only spot one or two at a time — but the hulking animals are still an impressive sight to behold.
Banff National Park is one of the best places to visit if you truly want to experience all the natural beauty this region has to offer. From there, you can take day trips to nearby towns such as Lake Louise or Jasper. You can also take a scenic drive along one of Canada’s most famous highways, the Icefields Parkway, which takes you past some of Canada’s most stunning landscapes. Spend some time exploring Moraine Lake, or take a hike on one of the many trails and soak up the nature. If you’re feeling adventurous, try your hand at white water rafting down the Bow River or go skiing at one of Canada’s top ski resorts.