ABOUT THE CANADIAN ROCKIES

Snowcapped mountains, glaciers and icefields, turquoise lakes, rushing rivers, colourful wildflower meadows, abundant wildlife, and outstanding recreational opportunities make the Canadian Rockies a destination that is rivaled by few places in the world.

Places to Go

The vast wilderness of the Canadian Rockies is protected by a number of parks, including five national parks. Nearby are provincial parks, other protected areas, and the gateway town of Canmore.

 

Banff National Park

Jasper National Park

Kootenay National Park

Yoho National Park

Columbia Valley

Canmore

Kananaskis Country

Waterton Lakes National Park

BANFF NATIONAL PARK

JASPER NATIONAL PARK

KOOTENAY NATIONAL PARK

YOHO NATIONAL PARK

COLUMBIA VALLEY

CANMORE

KANANASKIS COUNTRY

WATERTON LAKES NATIONAL PARK

Things to Do

The Canadian Rockies are a four-season playground – the great outdoors offering activities for everyone.

WILDLIFE

HIKING

CYCLING

FISHING

GOLFING

RIDING

PADDLING

HOT SPRINGS

SWIMMING

WINTER

SHOPPING

EVENTS

Top Picks

Check out the most popular destinations that are off the beaten path!

LAKE LOUISE

MOUNT ASSINIBOINE

LAKE O'HARA

MALIGNE LAKE

ICEFIELDS PARKWAY

WEBCAMS

WEATHER

ITINERARIES

Stories

Bear Safety When Camping

Bear Safety When Camping

Bear Safety When Camping Bear safety when camping in the Canadian Rockies is very important. The Canadian Rockies are home to modest populations of black and grizzly bears. Almost every year, bears are reported in at least one campground somewhere in the Canadian...

What is Permethrin?

What is Permethrin?

What is permethrin? Is permethrin legal in Canada? Author Brian Patton discusses permethrin and Lyme disease.

Bear Safety When Hiking

Bear Safety When Hiking

Bear Safety When Hiking Bear safety when hiking in the Canadian Rockies is very important. The Canadian Rockies are home to modest populations of black and grizzly bears. Almost every year, at least one hiker has a bear encounter somewhere in the Canadian Rockies,...

Best Canadian Rockies Hot Springs

Best Canadian Rockies Hot Springs

What are the Best Hot Springs in the Canadian Rockies? The best hot springs in the Canadian Rockies come in two different types—hot springs that have been commercialized and hot springs left in their natural state. Canadian Rockies hot springs are particularly...

Bears in the Canadian Rockies

Bears in the Canadian Rockies

Bears in the Canadian Rockies—an Essay by Brian Patton There are certain trails in the Canadian Rockies where I always think about bears. But I always think about them more, and somewhat nervously, when hiking alone in the autumn. The incidence of serious grizzly...

Canadian Rockies Train Trips

Canadian Rockies Train Trips

Best Canadian Rockies Train Trips If you enjoy rail travel, there are two Canadian Rockies train trips. VIA Rail is a government-run service across Canada that crosses the Canadian Rockies through Jasper. The Rocky Mountaineer is a private company that operates a...

Canadian Rockies Escorted Tours

Canadian Rockies Escorted Tours

Canadian Rockies Escorted Tours Options for Canadian Rockies escorted tours range from local companies to international operators offering tours throughout the world. Below we describe some things to consider before booking an escorted tour. What is a Canadian Rockies...

Canadian Rockies Movies

Canadian Rockies Movies

What Movies Have Been Filmed in the Canadian Rockies? Over 120 movies have been filmed in the Canadian Rockies. For decades, the national parks were the most popular destination for filming, but as restrictions were put in place by Parks Canada to protect the...