The Canadian Rockies make up an astounding portion of the mountain range that extends from BC, Canada to the American state of New Mexico. Majestic yet austere, the Canadian Rockies hold some of the best hiking & breathtaking vistas in North America, making them a must see for adventure travel and landscape photography lovers.
If you had to choose only 3 places on your next trip to the Canadian Rockies go here:
Established in 1885, Banff National Park is one of the most popular adventure & photography destinations on the planet. Relax, eat, and drink (great beer) before heading up the mountains. Climbing, hiking, landscape & nature photography, and skiing are all prime activities at your fingertips out of the hoppin’ town of Banff.
Jasper National Park is less developed than Banff but has just as much (if not more) natural splendour. Hike Athabasca Falls, the Columbia Icefield, and even the Miette Hot Springs. One of the best hikes our travel club has ever done was Cavelle Meadows in the Jasper region. Here you hike along 3000-5000 foot rocky cliffs with avalanches popping off every few minutes! At the base is a small glacier pond with floating icebergs and a green color usually seen only in cartoons! Jasper provides plentiful opportunities for camping, fishing, hiking, kayaking, and other outdoor activities. Your chance to photograph wildlife such as beavers, caribou, and bighorn sheep is also plentiful.
Rat’s Nest Cave is situated close to the town of Canmore in Alberta. This Canadian Rockies destination is truly off the path since there is minimal human infrastructure. Exploring Rat’s Nest Cave is a perfect way to see nature up close while listening to guides show you fossils, stalagmites, and other incredible natural phenomenon.
Similar to their counterparts in the United States (although much more magnificent in our opinion), the Canadian Rockies are an endless nirvana for spectacular photographs combined with endless outdoor adventures for a variety of interests. We took an awesome group tour to the Canadian Rockies back in 2011 and hope to be going back ASAP! Stay tuned…