National Park Permits
Favorite thing: You need to have a national park permit to enter any of Canada's National Parks. This is usually covers a fee paid at various entry points of the National Parks
When we toured the Rockies, we paid our fees and got a permit where we could use it for 10 days in all the National Parks.
Check the website for up to date fees.
- Road Trip
- National/State Park
Mount Robson Provincial Park
Favorite thing: "One of the world's crown jewel"...My favourite Park in Canada. At 3954 meters Mount Robson is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies! Mount Robson is one of the most beautiful sights in Canada. Designated as a part of the Rocky Mountains World Heritage Site of the UNESCO in 1990, Mount Robson provides everything form developed camping to remote valleys.
Moose, Yellowhead and Berg Lakes are the largest and most significant lakes within the park. Kinney Lake on the trail to Mount Robson provides a mirror for the surroundin mountains.
All wildlife can be found in the park such as deers, elk, black and grizzly bear, caribou, goat, sheep and many species of birds
Spiral Railway Tunnels
Favorite thing: The fascinating Spiral Railway Tunnels are visible from an overlook on the Trans-Canada Highway between the town of Field and the summit of the pass making a reliable stop in the Kicking Horse Pass area. This is a prety nice summary but to find out more you must visit the look-out personally.
" The two Spiral Tunnels were built so as to increase the length of the railway track in its ascent of the pass, so easing the gradient considerably.
There is an excellent model at the Spiral Tunnels overlook which shows the somewhat complex layout of the railway tracks. If you are lucky and see a train running through the tunnels then it will help to make the track layout even clearer.
The railway line which ascends the west side of Kicking Horse Pass through the Spiral Tunnels is also known as "The Big Hill".
Waterton Lakes National Park
Favorite thing: Waterton Lakes National Park has about 200 kilometres of hiking trails, ranging from easy strolls to strenuous wilderness hikes.
The park also has 9 great wilderness campground. There are several great descriptions on the net for example here.
Lake Louise - The regular view
Fondest memory: Just the regular view. But what a view! Probably this is the most popular spot for photographers and I wonder why?
The unique emerald colour makes a special atmosphere especially during the early morning hours when the weather is rather calm and not windy.
Mount Robson Provincial Park (6)
Favorite thing: This tip should be about the Snowbird Trail as well. Please keep in mind the Snowbird Pass is closed during May and June due to caribou calving. Be well prepared if you intend to hike this trail it's a difficult one (Trail rating: 5.0 out of 5...you know what it means). But if you'll make as far as the top of Snowbird Pass you will see something you'll never forget. Furthermore if you're interested to find out more about the local glaciers watch out for the boards (picture 4) between the Ranger Cabin and the first Uphill.
Sorry must use my little snowmanas a main picture, I'm so proud of it:)
Mount Robson Provincial Park (5)
Fondest memory: 32 kilometres from the parkin lot and 9 kilometres (one way) from the ranger cabin. This one is called the Snowbird Trail. Quite a long intermediate hike mostly in alpine environs. Takes approximately 7-8 hours (return). The trailhed is located next to the Lake at the Ranger Cabin. After the first flat part the trail climbs over morraine rubble to bottom of switchback.
You will arrive to a beautiful alpine valley (amazing colourful pastures and creeks with the glaciers in the background) afterwards.
Walk through this part it will take about an hour, maybe more then start the last and most difficult part. If the alpine meadows end you must climb over scree slopes to Snowbird Pass. This is one of the most spectacular views in all of Mount Robson Provincial Park. Pictures were taken all along the trail.
Liard Hot Springs
Fondest memory: A great way to relax a bit after the tiring days in the Mount Robson Provincial Park. The Hot Spring is such a popular stop over for tourists. There are two hot springs with water temperatures ranging from 42° C to 52° C which is actually pretty hot. There's an entrance fee, $5 for adults and $3 for children.
Even if you don't want to stay for overnight it can give a reason for a short break between Fort Nelson and the Yukon Territory.
Finally a suggestion: do not jump in if you get sunburnt. I did ...it was such a ....strange experience.
Mount Robson Provincial Park (4)
Fondest memory: As far as I'm concerned this was one of my favourite trails in the Park. From the Hargeaves Lake you can go directly towards the Toboggan falls so needless to go back the the Lakeshore trail. The view is amazing with the thousands of wildflowers in the foreground and with the Robson peak in the background (pictures 1 and 3).
This is the trail that you shouldn't miss. There's another possibility. If you wanna start from the shelter house (and this is more popular) just follow the signs!
The trailhed is located at the bridge north of the shelter and the falls can be reached in 20 minutes. The trail continues into an alpine basin via the right side of the creek. There's also an acces to a cave (picture 4) which is not too exciting.
Mount Robson Provincial Park (3)
Favorite thing: After arriving and pitching my tent I went to see the Hargreaves Lake and Glacier (pictures 3 and 5) located northwest of the Berg Lake (pictures 1 and 2) and accessible through the Hargreaves Lake Route (who would guess?). This is also a well located campground with some trails around and of course with a fantastic view of the Mount Robson, the Berg Lake and the Berg Glacier.
To the northwest lies Mt. Philips. The trail from the morraine ridge is umarked but one can descend to the edge of the lake and walk beside the glacier on sloping sheets of bedrock. I saw animals on the road (picture 4).
Mount Robson Provincial Park (2)
Favorite thing: Next day I made as far as the Berg Lake (Marmot or Hargreaves Campground) which is 19 kilometres far from the parking lot/trailhead. This second part was even more impressive then the first section. After leaving the Whitehorn campground you will find yourself in the Valley of a thousand Falls.
As you can find out there are some nice falls on the road like the White Falls, the Falls of the Pool and the biggest on, the Emperor Falls (picture 1). Finally you will catch a sight of the beautiful Berg Lake (pictures 3, 5) reachable through a rocky flat land (picture 4).
Mount Robson Provincial Park (1)
Fondest memory: Kinney Lake (5 kilometres from the parking lot - picture 3) was my first short break and I also could have stayed for overnight but I had booked a place at Whitehorn campsite which was much more impressive. The first part of the Berg Lake trail leads you among huge trees (picture 4) along the Robson River (pictures 1, 2) looked like a rain forest all along the Robson River.
As far as the Kinney Lake it's not a very difficult hike although it has some quite steep parts. After you left behind the lake you will see beautiful falls.
The views are spectacular doesn't matter where you are.
Bird watching in Golden
Favorite thing: Before you get to Golden don't hesitate to pull over for a while. Just before the bridge turn right and follow the signs. You will find a big parking lot with some picnic tables and a beautiful lake nearby. If you're in birdwatching this is the place to be. To find out more have a look at the board. If you are lucky you can see several bird species in their natural habitat but the lake itself also worth visiting used to called reflection lake by locals.
Visiting the Columbia Icefield
Favorite thing: If you're going to Jasper you can stop by here and see the Columbia Icefield located on the boundary of Jaspar National Park and Banff National Park. It's very touristy and busy but still...a must see.
I don't think there are too many reachable Icefields in Canada. We,, this is and you can even make tours on it for $36. I have know idea whether it's worth the price or not because I didn't try.
If you want to find out more visit the official hompega of the Columbia Icefield here.
Lake Louise - Big Beehive
Favorite thing: A very nice trail leads around the northern shore of Lake Agnes then up to the Big Beehive. Very amazing how beautiful it was! While hiking along the Big Beehive trail you will get a superb view to the Lake Agnes and as far as you reach the top...ahhh woooooohohoo!
Can't find words. The Lake Louise was even more attractive from above.
I bet not too many people have opportunity to see the sunset/sunrise up there since there are no campground up there so here are some pics.