Ready for a different trip? We travel the Rocky Mountains in Canada, the system of mountain ranges that crosses the continent parallel to the coast. During a few days of travel you will have the opportunity to know the most beautiful landscapes you can imagine: mountains, forests, rivers, lakes and much more. We started!
The Rocky Mountains in Canada, perfect place for a driving route
The Rocky Mountains cross the entire American continent, that is, part of Canada and the United States. They even go as far as New Mexico. The region that we are going to visit is the Canadian one, located between the Alberta and British Columbia border.
This space is located between two national parks of great importance. The first of them, the Banff, is the first tourist center that existed in Canada and one of the most visited each year. The second is the larger Jasper National Park.
Both are natural paradises where the aim is to preserve wildlife as much as possible, with hardly any human actions. Other parks also stand out, such as Yoho Park or Kootenay.
Since 1984 the Rocky Mountains in Canada have been a World Heritage Site. For all those who love nature, traveling here is one of the best experiences you will ever have.
In this place you will know landscapes that you will not be able to see in other corners of the world. And also, you will be able to see them in their maximum splendor. No matter the season of the year, at any time the Rocky Mountains will welcome you by showing you a spectacular image : waterfalls, lakes, glaciers, canyons, mountains …
Route through the Rocky Mountains
If you want to fully tour the Rocky Mountains in Canada, the best way to do it is by car. Public transport in this area is scarce and, although you always have the opportunity to hire a route, the most comfortable (and cheapest) way is by car.
Where to start?
To start your route by car through the Rocky Mountains, we advise you to do it thinking about the natural parks that you are going to visit. If you are going to start in Banff National Park, you can start from the town of the same name.
From here you can enjoy Lake Minnewanka and begin your route through the magnificent lakes of Canada. Your next stop will be the Vermilion Lakes, the perfect place to witness the sunset.
Get ready to travel roads that will show you incredible landscapes. On the way you will come across lakes Louise and Moraine, which invite you to stop, walk through the forest and go hiking. Especially the last one, which offers you a spectacular view of the Rocky Mountains in Canada and ten mountain peaks.
What else to see during the route?
Once you have seen Banff National Park, we advise you to continue with Jasper National Park. More unexplored, but that doesn’t mean it’s not as pretty as Banff.
The best thing is that between one park and another you can enjoy Icefields Parkway, considered by many to be the most beautiful road in the world. It is about 200 kilometers long and you won’t be able to avoid stopping several times to enjoy the scenery.
Once in Jasper Park, we advise you to visit Sunwapta and Athabasca Falls. Also Maligne Lakes (and Maligne Canyon), Patricia Lake, Abraham and Medicine Lake, among others.
Do you have time to spare?
If you plan to take a trip to the Rocky Mountains in Canada for more than a week, you can take the opportunity to also visit Yoho National Park. Here you must visit Emerald Lake. It is a unique place to witness one of the most special natural phenomena in the world: the Northern Lights.
From this lake surrounded by mountains you will be able to glimpse how its colored lights are reflected in its clear waters. We also advise you to enjoy Lake Yoho.
As you have seen, the car is the best means of transportation to visit the Rocky Mountains. If you want to see all these landscapes, it is the fastest way and the most opportunities it gives you to see everything. What more tips do you need? Make sure you have everything ready in your backpack, because the rest will be all adventures! Get ready!