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This huge mountain range spans the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta with towering snow-capped peaks, glaciers and stunning alpine scenery. In the summer months go white-water rafting, horse riding, soar in a cable car over the mountains, visit lakes and hot springs or watch wildlife to your heart’s content.
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Experiences in Rocky Mountains
At the heart of the Canadian Rockies are Banff and Jasper National Parks boasting picture-perfect scenery and atmospheric mountain towns which are a great base for summer adventures. Here you can enjoy every type of outdoor activity imaginable including incredible hiking and cycling trails, scenic helicopter tours, world-class fishing and rock climbing. There are skytrams which will whisk you to the top of the mountains for jaw dropping vistas and mineral hot springs in unforgettable settings.
The Rockies are also famous for their spectacular glacial lakes. Lake Louise and Lake Moraine, located within Banff National Park, are two of the most well-known and offer a host of activities on their vivid turquoise waters from kayak to stand up paddle. For aerial views of the glaciers and a good chance of spotting bears, elk, mountain goats and other wildlife ride the Lake Louise Summer Gondola.
Perhaps one of the best ways to experience the sheer beauty of the Rockies is to drive the Icefields Parkway linking Lake Louise with Jasper. Rated one of the most spectacular drives in the world by Conde Nast Traveller, the road winds through soaring mountain peaks, past icefields and vast sweeping valleys with plenty of photo opportunities along the way! Don’t miss the Glacier Skywalk – a glass bottomed walkway which juts of from the rock face with jaw-dropping views below! Or for the ultimate Glacier adventure take a ride on a giant Ice Explorer vehicle which will transport you right onto the Athabasca Glacier.
To explore the Rockies in ultimate comfort, The Rocky Mountaineer is a luxurious train journey that operates several routes through the region. Sit back and enjoy the scenery while you are wined and dined! For an extra special service, you can upgrade to the GoldLeaf service which boasts 360-degree views from its glass domed carriage.
If you are travelling from Whistler or Vancouver to the Rockies we recommend breaking the long journey in Kamloops Country. Wells Gray Provincial Park and Clearwater cover a huge area of alpine wilderness filled with mountain peaks, magnificent canyons, lakes and waterfalls.
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