The Canadian Rockies are about 800 km east of Vancouver through Jasper. So, obviously, this should not be a day trip.
It is difficult to imagine the immensity and also to describe it. That immensity is perfect. The Canadian Rockies are the best example of the unimaginable gigantic blue, gray, black and white barrier, marked with sharp peaks, raised like an enormous wall without interruption at 2,500 meters above the Gentle ripples of the prairie.
It is an endless succession of almost virgin spaces, lakes with turquoise waters, snowy mountains that invite you to trek and live surrounded by grizzly bears, waterfalls and glaciers.
Canadian Rockies Natural Beauty
What To See
The Canadian Rockies’ range is huge. But for the first time it will be enough to visit the national parks of Banff and Jasper, spending a week or two in this paradise. Both are impressive and have spectacular scenery and a good infrastructure to get to know them.
• Banff National Park
Banff National Park is the busier of the two, not because it is the most beautiful, but because it is simply the one that is better transport communicated and the one that has more promotion and services. Declared National Park in 1885, it is the oldest reserve of the Rockies and includes wooded areas, glaciers and mountains that have are 4,000 meters high.
One of the must-sees in this park are the Lakes Louise and Moraine. It is certainly a unique place to enjoy the landscapes of the Rockies.
If on the other hand, you are the one who enjoys the typical villages full of tourists and souvenir shops, you can stop in the town of Banff. It is a place full of tourists and with soaring prices. It is recommended just to take a walk there, as to eat and sleep is much better in the neighboring town of Canmore.
• Jasper National Park
Jasper National Park is the largest park in the Canadian Rockies. Its 10,800 square kilometers of surface encompass more than a thousand kilometers of trails that run through different ecosystems.
There are breathtaking views of the Athabasca glacier, which waters form a beautiful waterfall.
In the same village of Jasper you can take a cable car to Whistler Mountain, from where you get a wonderful view of the Ice Fields and Robson Peak – the tallest of the Canadian Rockies.
Jasper offers many other attractions, but the most important is the Maligne Lake. This lake of haunting beauty can be crossed by boat or foot.
• The Icefields Parkway: The Glacier Road
The road linking the towns of Jasper and Banff is considered one of the most beautiful roads in the world. There are over 200 really impressive, traversing forests, river canyons, waterfalls and even passing very close to the Athabasca Glacier kilometers.
A route to do with calm driving, while enjoying the landscapes. But carefully watch the animals that can cross the road and the quantity of your fuel, since there is only one gas station throughout the route.
Where To Sleep
If you enjoy camping then you are lucky. There are many camping places even in very isolated areas. If you want to spend the night in a bed, the mission is getting a bit more complicated, especially in high season, when the prices increase a lot.
Anyways, you can sleep in a room for a not very high price. When you visit the Banff National Park, you can sleep in shared rooms in hostels. Otherwise, in the less touristy Jasper, you can spend the night in one of their numerous bed-and-breakfast stays for an affordable price.
How To Get There
You can get to the Rockies by plane and land at nearby airports, such as Calgary or Edmonton. You can also get there by road, on the one of the typical Greyhound buses. But, without doubt, the best way to get there is by the mythical Trans Canada train, which makes a stop in the town of Jasper several times a week.