What are the Canadian Rocky Mountains?
Stretching more than 4, 830 km from the northernmost corner of British Columbia, through Alberta, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, all the way down to New Mexico, USA, the Rocky Mountains are THE major mountain range in Western North America. The Canadian Rockies comprise of the Canadian segment of these mountains, which spread along the border between the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta. Comprised of a series of provincial and national parks (Jasper National Park and Banff National Park are the most famous), these mountains have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Canadian Rockies are considered to provide some of most breath-taking mountain scenery in the world, and some of the best-known! For many, mention of Canada evokes imagery of snow-capped mountains, crystal lakes, and iconic wildlife – all of which can be found within the Canadian Rocky Mountain range. These majestic mountains offer a truly breath-taking and unforgettable experience to all who visit.
What mountains are in the Canadian Rockies?
As one of the largest mountain ranges in North America, the Rocky Mountains are comprised of hundreds of individual mountains. The largest peak in the Canadian Rocky Mountains is Mount Robson, which stands at 12,972 ft. Mount Robson can be seen towering over Yellowhead Pass, near Yellowhead Highway and is considered a challenging mountain to climb – it typically takes a week to reach the peak and due to its vertical relief is recommended only for experienced and well-prepared mountaineers. Standing at 12,293 ft., Mount Columbia is the 2nd tallest peak in the Canadian Rockies and is the highest mountain in the Canadian province of Alberta.
When is the best time to visit the Rockies?
The Canadian Rockies are always a wonder to behold! The best time to visit is entirely dependent on what you are interested in. If you visit the Rockies during the winter months, you will experience breath-taking snow-covered lands, frozen lakes, and cold temperatures. The Rockies are especially popular for those who enjoy winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding. During the summer, the mountains come alive as wildlife are no longer hibernating and you have a better chance of catching a glimpse of an iconic Canadian animal! The Rockies also feature hundreds of hiking, walking, and cycling trails for those who want to explore the mountains and enjoy being outdoors in nature.
What animals can be found in the Rockies?
The Rocky Mountains are one of the last relatively untouched regions in North America, and therefore these forests are home to hundreds of different animal species. Depending on what time of year you visit, you have a chance to spot a variety of animals, including some iconic Canadian wildlife! Animals that call the Canadian Rockies home include: black bears, grizzly bears, moose, caribou, deer, beavers, wolves, and cougars, to name a few! The Canadian National Parks Services work hard to ensure that the natural habitat for these iconic animals is protected and preserved, so future generations have the opportunity to observe them in the wild. For more information on the types of wildlife you can spot in the Rockies, check out our Rocky Mountain Wildlife blog post.