As a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Canadian Rocky Mountains form part of the Canadian side of the North American Mountain Range. This mountain range also forms part of the border between Canada and America and stretches to a whopping 4800km! With spectacular sites and majestic mountains, you’ll be blown away by the marvel that is the Canadian Rockies.
The best time to visit
The best time to visit any place in the world completely depends on the activities you plan to do.
Are you more of an outdoorsy person that enjoys hikes and being active? Then the summer months of June-August would probably the best time for you to visit this magnificent site. In this time, the Rocky Mountains glacier lakes boast with photogenic turquoise hues. However, keep in mind that summer is also the busiest time of the year, so you’ll be sharing the site-seeing spots and hiking trails with all the visiting tourists. Therefore, if you were looking for a quiet time spent in nature, then this probably won’t be the best time for you to visit the Canadian Rockies.
If you find yourself in the aforementioned group, then visiting this mountain range any time out of season would be just fine! The Canadian Rockies are known for their spectacular views and beautiful sights throughout the year. Take beautiful snaps of the snowy white mountains in the wintertime, or take your chances with spring or fall weather. Additionally, you’ll also be able to take advantage of cheaper accommodation in the colder months.
Things to do in the Canadian Rockies
Take a tour around the glacier lakes
A lot of people visiting the spectacular sights of the Canadian Rockies also do so to visit the spectacular glacier lakes located there. These picture-perfect lakes create some of the most stunning images to capture memories of your time spent in the Canadian Rockies.
Starting from a central point, your guide will take you to see the most popular glacier lakes in the area. Additionally, the tour guides are well equipped with knowledge regarding the history and stories of the area and its surroundings.
Most routes followed by the lake tours boasts with spectacular views. Furthermore, you’ll be able to enjoy the wonderful local wildlife of deer, elk and over 200 species of birds. This is a real treat for the bird-watching enthusiasts!
Go for a sky tram ride
Another amazing activity to partake in around the Canadian Rocky mountains area is a breathtaking elevated trip on a sky tram. There are a few sky tram lines in the area, so feel free to take your pick.
From up there in the air, you’ll be able to enjoy stunning panoramic views of the marvellous area. Guests have boasted about the well-worth-your-money experience from a spectacular bird’s eye view of the mountain range.
At the top, you will usually find hiking or walking trails to explore the top of the Rocky Mountains. There are also viewpoints set up for 360-degree panoramic views of the area. Additionally, you’ll find a restaurant to enjoy something to eat or drink.
Partake in a guided hike or walking tour
A very popular attraction in the Rocky Mountains of Canada is a guided walking or hiking tour in the area. Of course, the Rocky Mountains stretch way too long for you to hike the whole range. However, there are amazing guided tours at the most popular points in the mountain range.
These tours range from a few hours up to a couple of days. Depending on your vacation style, level of adventure and fitness, you’ll choose the length of your walk/hike. As a side note, keep in mind that the mountain weather changes quickly. Therefore, your activity might be susceptible to cancellation or an early ending, should the weather turn on you.
Usually, these hikes include visits to some of the popular glacier lakes. Like the guides on the lake tours, your tour guides are also equipped with a vast knowledge regarding the history of the trail you’ll be taking. Additionally, you’ll marvel in the spectacular sights of the soaring mountains, rushing waterfalls and glaciers along the route.
So, if you enjoy exercise, fresh air and you’re visiting for a sight of the spectacular glacier lakes, this is the perfect activity for you!
Places to stay
It is generally recommended that you stay around 10-14 days when visiting the Canadian Rockies. Naturally, you’ll need a place to stay during your visit. In this vast mountain range, you’re in luck! Marvel in the wide range of accommodation options available when planning your vacation.
Enjoy a stay in the luxurious Fairmont Banff Springs hotel and marvel in the royal lifestyle of living in a castle. Furthermore, this hotel hosts the advantages of location – it’s located just 1.8km from Bow Falls and the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies.
If the royal lifestyle isn’t really your thing, maybe a stay in one of the cosy mountain cabins might be something you’re more inclined to. These small vacation homes can be found all over the Canadian Rockies, and are perfect for the vacationers that like to have the whole place to themselves.
Lastly, this vast mountain range also caters for campers – from novice to expert tent-pitchers. Camping can be a great money-saver if you have your own camping gear. Take your pick from the plethora of camping grounds available in the mountain range to enjoy an unplugged, natural breakaway.
Now that you know all about the Canadian Rockies, wouldn’t you want to visit this marvellous place as well? After all, with a 4800km long mountain range to explore, you wouldn’t want to pass on this one!