There are some amazing sights to behold amongst the Canadian Rockies, but there are also many outdoor pursuits that even the toughest of adrenalin junkies will get sweaty palms over.
Read on to find out what the best things to do in the Rockies are…
Rock Climbing, Mountaineering and Ice Climbing
Rock climbers really enjoy the challenge that the rocks on Mount Rundle and the Jasper’s palisades pose. Ice climbers also enjoy going up the mountain in winter as it usually isall frozen. Canmore’s Yamnuska Mountain School provides the mountain climbers with skills on mountain climbing.
Backpacking entails travelling with a backpack. Banff Park provides incredible and breathe taking long stretches of backpacking measuring approximately 3059km. One can hike alone or in a group and enjoy all the benefits that come with hiking and at the same time enjoy the fresh air that accompanies every activity here.
Nakiska a former site for Olympics has nice snow packs, high-class accommodation and nice terrain and view for skiing. Banff, Jasper and Lake Louise also provide downhill avenues for skiing. This region also has cheaper tickets than many ski areas in the world and therefore one should consider visiting it.
This is a sport where helicopters drop skiers on slopes that have never been ventured before. Though not permitted in the parks, the mountain ranges in British Columbia’s Golden provide enough space and terrain for Heli-skiing. This has seen Heli-skiing companies like CMH Heli-Skiing come up, with packages that include transport, food and accommodation.
Another interesting outdoor activity here is watching animals in the Rocky Mountain national parks, which is home animals like black bears, mountain goats, and moose coyotes. The bighorn sheep is also available here with lynxes and wolves dotting the park.
Banff and Jasper have free maps showing mountain trails which visitors can use while biking.Parkway 93A in Jasper and Bow Valley Parkway are less congested with vehicles therefore ideal for biking. It is also easy to get rentals for bikes all over the parks at affordable prices.
White-Water Rafting & Canoeing
The large glaciers and snow packs are sources to major rivers. This leads to different companies offering canoe trips and white-water rafting that vary in distance and difficulty. Some may last a single morning, while others may take even five days to finish a single expedition. Companies like Maligne Rafting Adventures Ltd. provide different packages for different levels of rafters.
The Canadian Rockies are really liked by cross-country skiers. A provincial park known as Canmore Nordic Centre which came to being after the winter Olympic cross-country in 1988 runs is always open. There are also several mountain lodges that remain open even during the winter and support the Nordic Skiers. Such lodges include the Emerald Lake Lodge located in Yoho National Park.
There are several outdoor activities in the Canadian Rockies and what better is there to feel them other than visiting and taking part in the activities for an exotic experience. .