12 Best Places in The Canadian Rocky Mountains To Visit

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12 Best Places in The Canadian Rocky Mountains To Visit


By now, you know I have a real soft spot for Canada! It’s one of my favourite countries to visit with the most incredible cities like; Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary (to name a few). That being said, the real draw for me is the great outdoors, especially with all the best places in the Canadian Rocky Mountains to visit. 

Stretching between the gorgeous places in Alberta and British Columbia, the Canadian Rocky Mountains is one of the most dramatic and iconic places in western Canada that you can’t miss. It’s totally gorgeous and home to world-famous lakes, frozen waterfalls and the most beautiful scenic spots. It’s totally timeless and completely gorgeous. 

We’ve explored the Canadian Rocky Mountains quite a few times now – and, on each visit, we always find somewhere we haven’t been. This is the first lesson in exploring the mountains here, I think it’d take you years (if not decades) to see all there is to experience. So, don’t expect to ‘complete’ or see everything in just one trip; it just isn’t possible. 

That being said, you can easily make a dent in some of the most iconic and dazzling spots to get a real taster of what the Canadian Rockies is all about.

So, to save you a little time (and to maximise your trip), I wanted to share the gems we totally loved. Some are within easy reach of Banff or day trips from cities like Calgary; whilst others will require a little planning. Whatever the case, I’m sure I can whet your appetite with a handful of spots you’ll love. 

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Take a look, below, at the best places in the Canadian Rocky Mountains to visit. Have an amazing time in Canada. 

Driving Canada's Epic Icefields Parkway And Finding The Frozen Bubbles Of Abraham Lake (8)

One of the best places in the Canadian Rocky Mountains to drive, you’ll be able to stop off at spots like; Boundary Lake, the incredible Columbia Icefield Skywalk and even spot the Stutfield Glacier that’s totally huge! 

Driving Canada's Epic Icefields Parkway And Finding The Frozen Bubbles Of Abraham Lake (3)

Plus, if you fancy a moderate hike, join the Parker Ridge Trail that has some epic views. Just be sure to take some layers, it does get chilly at the top! 

Now, we’ve driven this route quite a few times and although it’s totally stunning it can be closed without warning, especially in the colder months (due to avalanches). We’ve been caught out a few times by this and it’s a pretty big detour (a good 4-5 hours extra) if you’re planning on driving between Jasper and Banff. 

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What I would say is that you’ll need a fair amount of days to truly explore Yoho National Park. So, make sure you book yourself into some lodgings so you’re not too pressed for time. 

Oh, and don’t forget you can easily pop over to Wapta Falls, too! 

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Being Canada’s oldest national park, Banff is one of the more famous and well-known spots to see in the Candian Rockies. Set around the town of Banff itself, the national park is a huge region that includes some of the prettiest spots in Alberta

Finding Wild Moose And Skiing In Sunshine Village... In Banff, Canada (3)

Once here, you can explore; Lake Minnewanka, head on the trails around Mount Norquay and ski the slopes at Sunshine Village

Oh, and if you’re hankering for a treat, book a stay at the Fairmont Lake Louise – we loved it and the views were incredible around the lake. Just don’t fall down as much as I did when ice-skating across the lake – those bruises hurt! 

Read more: Best things to do in Banff

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Another spot in Banff National Park, Peyto Lake is n

Now, Peyto Lake is totally gorgeous, especially with the

One thing to note, car parking can be limited here – especially on busier weekends. If you want to avoid the majority of visitors, head across a first thing in the morning when it’s much quieter. 

Read more: Best things to do in British Columbia

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We couldn’t resist a stop at Wells Gray Provincial Park whilst road tripping between Vancouver to Calgary – and what a great call it was! 

We spent a whole day here, though you can spend much longer, and explore some of the parks most iconic spots.

Once you arrive, be sure to spot Helmcken Falls that’s totally incredible in winter or summer. Plus, take some time to visit Spahats Creek Falls or go whitewater rafting (with Interior Whitewater Expeditions) on the North Thompson River. 

We loved it. 

Hiking Johnston Canyon And Seeing The Northern Lights Over Canada (14)

Hiking Johnston Canyon And Seeing The Northern Lights Over Canada (24)

Along the way, you’ll get to see L

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Close to the border with British Columbia, Moraine Lake is a totally eye-catching lake that has some incredible hiking trails around the shore. 

For the best views, head to the Rockpiles area where you’ll get to see all across the glacial fed waters! 

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Nestled within Jasper National Park, Athabasca Falls is one of the best places in the Canadian Rocky Mountains to explore that’s around 25-minutes south of Jasper town. 

Also, if you fancy a ski, head over to Marmot Basin (just north) to try their slopes. Much quieter than spots like Sunshine Village, it’s a total gem that has a heap of runs for all abilities. 

Read more: Your itinerary to explore Jasper National Park

Grotto Canyon, Wolfdogs And The Canadian Rockies (18)

We spent quite a bit of time in and around Canmore on our last trip to the Canadian Rockies and totally loved it. Although not within a National Park itself, the region is stunning and there’s so much to see.

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After arriving, be sure to trek Grotto Canyon that’s totally beautiful in the winter months.

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Just make sure to get some crampons as you’ll be hiking over the frozen river at times! Keep your eyes peeled for the historic pictographs painted by First Nations people on the walls of the canyon.

If that’s not your thing, head over to the Wolfdog sanctuary that cares for wolfdogs that can’t be released into the wild. we stopped by for a few hours and totally loved learning more about wolfdogs and how they came about. 

For a place to stay, drive to Kananaskis and check into the Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge. It was totally lovely and they also have a Nordic-style outdoor spa, too! 

Finally, for some epic views, head on a helicopter flight from Alpine Helicopters (we did the Royal Canadian Tour) that took us right over the Canadian Rockies and well into the towering mountains.

It was incredible and such a great view. 

Read more: Best spots to see in Canmore

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The Most Beautiful Place In Jasper (Canada) You've Never Heard Of! (24)

Also, if you’re visiting in the winter, head to Maligne Canyon and hike through the frozen trail to the waterfall.

The Most Beautiful Place In Jasper (Canada) You've Never Heard Of! (41)

It’s totally stunning and really easy to book with a guide in Jasper.

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As mentioned within Yoho National Park, Takakkaw Falls is a spot you really can’t miss. You see, at over 370+ metres in height, it’s the

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The Magnificent Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (24)

The Magnificent Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (30)

 

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