Nestled along the British Columbia border, lies an impressive span of Canadian Rocky Mountains. Many visitors in this wonderful region travel along Highway 93, making their way from Banff to Jasper. Also known as the Icefields Parkway, this 140 mile road parallels the Continental Divide and features spectacular views of the Columbia Icefield.
Schedule plenty of time to explore this wonderful region of Southern Alberta. Must-do stops in the region include a visit to Banff National Park, as well as Jasper National Park, the largest national park in the Rockies. Recreational opportunities abound in these magnificent parks. Winter-time fun includes skiing in one of the many ski resorts, located throughout the Rockies.
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The Canadian Rocky Mountains boasts a variety of glacial lakes, rugged peaks and a vast system of trails for exploring southern Alberta. Make your way to the Canmore for a great day hike to Grassi Lakes. These two small emerald-colored lakes, located southwest of Canmore, were named after Italian miner and climbing guide Lawrence Grassi.
The Grassi Lakes Trail remains one of the more popular area trails take hikers through the forest, past a waterfall and offers superb views of Canmore. Take a break on the lakeside bench at the lower lake to admire the view of the lake's crystal-clear water, before continuing your journey to upper lake. After reaching the upper lake, be sure to look for the ancient petroglyphs on the canyon wall above the lake.
Encompassing over 6,000 kilometers of land, Banff National Park is in the beautiful Canadian Rocky Mountains of southern Alberta. This wonderful Banff attraction was established in 1885 as the first national park in Canada.
Travel along Icefields Parkway to see many park highlights including Lake Louise, Mistaya Canyon, Crowfoot Glacier and Athabasca Falls.
Banff National Park is the "most visited" destination in Alberta and one of the top national parks in North America. Explore this incredible park while hiking through the coniferous forest, rock climbing or skiing.
Bring along your camera to capture the ice fields, glaciers, grizzly bears, cougars, northern river otter and bighorn sheep.
Set north of the Glacier National Park, Waterton Lakes National Park is located on the southern border of Alberta. Roughly 120 kilometres southwest of Lethbridge, the park spans 505 square kilometres.
Waterton Lakes was established in 1895 – making it Canada’s fourth national park – and is now a World Heritage Site and part of the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. Recreation ranges from hiking, biking, boating, and horseback riding to winter activities and fishing in the Waterton Lakes.
Drawing an annual average of nearly two million visitors, Jasper National Park is located north of Banff National Park, near Jasper, in southern Alberta.
The Canadian Rockies and the glaciers of the Columbia Icefield – not to mention natural hot springs, lakes, and waterfalls – lend themselves to countless adventures within the park. Be sure to travel the Icefields Parkway, and try the famed Ice Walk.
Governed by Parks Canada, the park invites visitors to take part in water sports on Pyramid Lake and Medicine Lake, as well as Snowcoach tours of the Athabasca Glacier.
Skiers carve the slopes of the Marmot Basin ski area, while hiking, fishing, rafting, kayaking, and wildlife viewing are popular park activities throughout the year.
Positioned on the southern slopes of the Merlin Ridge, the Lake Louise Ski Area is a resort in Banff National Park, minutes from Lake Louise and Banff, and less than two hours from Calgary, in southern Alberta. At around 10,000 feet above sea level, the resort's ski trails weave between Mount Richardson, Ptarmigan Peak, Pika Peak and Redoubt Mountain, near the Pipestone River.
With 139 ski runs and a lift capacity of over 14,000 skiers per hour, the Lake Louise Ski Area is host to the first stop of the FIS Ski World Cup circuit and the Ruckus in the Rockies snowboarding and live music festival. Visitors also enjoy the resorts facilities for dog sledding and ice skating, and the Lake Louise Sightseeing Gondola is popular all year long.