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From hedonistic pleasure to wilderness adventure, the Canadian Rockies have something for everyone wanting a trip into nature. Five UNESCO-designated national parks cover a vast rock and ice wilderness along Canada's Continental Divide. Even the most sedentary will drop their jaws over the rugged scenery of jagged peaks and frothing rivers of melting ice. But for those ready to venture out, the parks offer countless trails and hikes to places like Lake O-Hara, one of the most beautiful alpine lakes in the world. Although the Rockies are popular, it's easy to escape the crowds just by venturing 10 minutes from any parking lot. The Icefields ...

From hedonistic pleasure to wilderness adventure, the Canadian Rockies have something for everyone wanting a trip into nature. Five UNESCO-designated national parks cover a vast rock and ice wilderness along Canada's Continental Divide. Even the most sedentary will drop their jaws over the rugged scenery of jagged peaks and frothing rivers of melting ice. But for those ready to venture out, the parks offer countless trails and hikes to places like Lake O-Hara, one of the most beautiful alpine lakes in the world. Although the Rockies are popular, it's easy to escape the crowds just by venturing 10 minutes from any parking lot. The Icefields Parkway passes through some stunning scenery and glaciers as it links Banff and Jasper. It's easy to see all manner of wildlife right along the road and from the many trails to lakes, waterfalls and other natural wonders along the way. Hikers, kayakers and other lovers of the wilderness will find myriad choices. Banff, Jasper and even little places like Field have exquisite restaurants and places to stay.

Ryan Ver Berkmoes
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Ryan Ver Berkmoes has written many books for Lonely Planet, including Bali & Lombok and the Southeastern Alaska and Western Canada sections for LP's Canada guide.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: The Canadian segment of the North American Rocky Mountains range extending from Alberta to British Columbia.
  • Language: English, French
  • Currency: Canadian Dollar
  • Weather: Daylight | Rainfall
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  • Best Time to Visit:

    June to early September promise mild weather with most parts of the parks open. Other times are good for hardier adventures as snow may stay late and return early.