The Canadian Rockies feature two national parks of Canada, Banff National Park, and Jasper National Park. Situated in Alberta, Canada, they both feature the majestic ranges of the Rocky Mountains. With the summits dusted in snow year-round, the Canadian Rockies has equal parts wildlife, pristine lakes, and magnificent panoramic views.


Lake Moraine is in Banff National Park, proximate to nearby famed Lake Louise. Its best known for its startling color, varying between shades of turquoise and jade, set against the imposing background of the snow-capped Rockies.


Bow Falls in the town of Banff is one of the major waterfalls of in the park. Its proximate to the Banff Springs Hotel, a historic landmark which makes for a great place to stay during a visit.


The Columbia Icefield is located in Jasper National Park. Visitors to the surface of the Athabasca Glacier in an all-terrain Ice Explorer vehicle. A must if you visit: bring a bottle to collect untouched glacial water. 

Though waiting times can get long during busy season (holidays & summer), and the Ice Explorer moves at a somewhat excruciatingly slow pace, the icefield itself is still a marvel. Unfortunately, with the continuance of global warming, the ice recedes gradually each year, so a time to visit may be sooner rather than later.


In short, the Canadian Rockies are must-see on any visit to western Canada. Opt to drive, or take the train to your destination. (The Rocky Mountaineer run trains year-round to and from Banff National Park, a great way to enjoy the scenery en-route).