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Recreation in the Canadian Rockies

 These vacation providers offer a wide range of outdoor recreation in the Canadian Rockies. 


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Alberta
Fresh Adventures Wilderness Tours: Guided wilderness tours in BC and Alberta. Experience the highlights of Vancouver Island and the Canadian Rocky Mountains in a small group with a professional guide. more
Johnston Canyon Resort: An unforgettable vacation awaits you in the Rocky Mountains just minutes east of Field between world famous Banff and Lake Louise. Visitors the world over can relax in the heritage charm of our cabins - enjoying our signature friendly hospitality and honest v... more
Rocky Mountain Holidays: Rail Vacations in the Rocky Mountains & Western Canada! Rocky Mountain Holidays customize vacations that combine the romance of train travel with the magnificent scenery of Western Canada. more
BC Rockies
Fresh Adventures Ski Vacations: Ski vacations and guided tours in BC and Alberta. Experience legendary ski resorts, epic terrain, powder and vibrant ski culture. Enjoy multiple mountains in your Western Canada ski vacation. more
Fresh Adventures Wilderness Tours: Guided wilderness tours in BC and Alberta. Experience the highlights of Vancouver Island and the Canadian Rocky Mountains in a small group with a professional guide. more
Glacier Raft Company: For 35 years Glacier Raft Company has been providing white water rafting trips on the Kicking Horse, and other beautiful rivers around Golden B.C. TripAdvisors #1 Attraction in Golden! We love the water and the thrill it provides and we want to share it with y... more
Johnston Canyon Resort: An unforgettable vacation awaits you in the Rocky Mountains just minutes east of Field between world famous Banff and Lake Louise. Visitors the world over can relax in the heritage charm of our cabins - enjoying our signature friendly hospitality and honest v... more
Rocky Mountain Holidays: Rail Vacations in the Rocky Mountains & Western Canada! Rocky Mountain Holidays customize vacations that combine the romance of train travel with the magnificent scenery of Western Canada. more
Tourism Valemount: Three majestic mountain ranges serve as inspiration and setting for 100ís of outdoor adventures in the community of Valemount. Get inspired - get out of your comfort zone - get to Valemount for a Rocky Mountain vacation where the mountains will move you. more

Northern BC
Rocky Mountain Holidays: Rail Vacations in the Rocky Mountains & Western Canada! Rocky Mountain Holidays customize vacations that combine the romance of train travel with the magnificent scenery of Western Canada. more
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Cross Country Skiing in Yoho National Park

Recreation In The Canadian Rockies National Parks

The National Parks in the Canadian Rockies are protected areas that show off the finest in scenery; our abundant wildlife and offer opportunities for true outdoor recreation. Mountain activities range from scenic drive to backcountry camping and backpacking. Banff, Jasper, Yoho, Kootenay Parks and the Icefields Parkway offer the finest in outdoor recreational activities.

Each National Park is unique with its own characteristics, but the activities are basically the same.

  • Backpacking & Backcountry Camping: Before you head out on an overnight trip you need a Wilderness Pass. These passes are available at all Park Information Centres.
  • Hiking & Walking: There are hundreds of trails. They vary from an easy walk or stroll to challenging treks into alpine meadows and mountain terrain.
  • Biking: Some park trails are designated for mountain bikers only. Remember wear a helmet and visible clothing. Rentals are available.
  • Mountaineering: Experienced climbers come from all parts of the globe to climb the Rockie Mountains.
  • Wildlife Viewing & Photography: Viewing the abundant wildlife within the park boundaries is best in the early morning or early evening. Never feed the animals and always give them the right of way.
  • Swimming & Hot Springs: The smaller lakes offer excellent swimming. And if you want to really relax and soothe the body, there are hot springs and pools in Banff, Jasper and Kootenay.
  • Horseback Riding: Guided horse trips are available from outfitters. You can head out on your own, but a Wilderness Pass and a grazing permit are needed for any overnight stay.
  • Boating & Canoeing: Non-motorized crafts are allowed on most lakes and rivers. The rivers in the mountains can present a variety of hazards, so knowledge and experience are called for. Commercial boat tours are offered on some of the larger lakes.
  • Fishing: You must have a national park fishing permit. Go out on your own or hire a fishing guide. Because park waters are not stocked, catch and release angling is encouraged.
  • Camping: Each park offers excellent overnight camping facilities. Camp only in designated campgrounds. The demand during the summer months is very high and sites cannot be reserved ahead of time. So itís best to arrive early.
  • All mountain parks offer interesting scenic drives with roadside viewpoints and some have interpretive exhibits.
  • Skiing: The mountains in this region offer world class skiing. There are four downhill ski areas and a number of cross-country ski areas within the boundaries of the National Mountain parks. When snow covers the mountains, snowboarders, downhill and cross-country skiers from all corners of the world flocked to the region.

For information on mountain activities, check with the Park Information Centres found in each one of the National Parks. They can also supply you lists of businesses that offer rental equipment and guiding services.

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