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Height of the Rockies Provincial Park

Height of the Rockies Provincial Park is adjacent to Banff National Park, Elk Lakes Park, and Peter Lougheed Park in Alberta. The community of Elkford is the closest community when accessing Height of the Rockies from the southern portion of the park. Canal Flats and Radium Hot Springs are the closest communities when accessing the park from the west.

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There are six major trailheads accessible by summer logging roads:

  • from Canal Flats on Hwy 93/95 via the Whiteswan and White River roads (turn east 4.5 km south of Canal Flats),
  • from Sparwood on Hwy 3 turn north to Elkford, then follow the Elk River road, OR
  • from Highway 93, from Kootenay National Park access Settlers Road through to the Palliser and Albert River roads.
  • The park is also accessible by trail routes from Banff, Elk Lakes and Peter Lougheed parks.

Height of the Rockies Provincial Park is a non-mechanized park. Motorized and mechanized recreational access is prohibited, including floatplanes, helicopters, snowmobiles, ATVs and mountain bikes. There are many climbing and mountaineering opportunities in the park as well as hiking and/or walking trails.

Comprising 54,170 hectares, Height of the Rockies Provincial Park contains high concentrations of elk, mule deer, bighorn sheep, moose, cougar, black and grizzly bears and exceptional numbers of mountain goats. From the lower elevations, such as the Palliser River valley at 1300 metres, to Mount Joffre at 3449 metres, the area protects both lush forests and permanent icefields. Seven major mountain passes and several distinct drainages provide magnificent southern Rocky Mountains scenery.

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