Rocky Mountains Travel Guide

  • The Rocky Mountains
    The Rocky Mountains
    by Twan
  • The Rocky Mountains
    The Rocky Mountains
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  • Sunwapta Falls, Jasper National Park, Canada
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Rocky Mountains Things to Do

  • Columbia Icefield

    The Columbia icefield is an icefield in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, on both sides of the Continental Divide of North America: a watershed that runs from Alaska through Canada and the United States to Mexico.The Columbia icefield lies partly in the northwestern part of the Banff National Park and the southern end of Jasper National Park. It has an...

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  • Icefields Parkway

    The Icefields Parkway is Highway 93 North which is one of the world's most scenic drives travelling through Banff and Jasper National Parks and aligns with the Continental Divide. The parkway was constructed in 1940 and named after the Columbia Icefield, one of the star attractions on the highway, and is 230 km (143 miles) long. This begins at...

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  • Ice Walk at the Columbia Icefield

    This is a very special thing to do whilst visiting the Rockies. You will need to prebook your walk whilst in Jasper (probably possible in Banff too) as places are limited. Wrap up really warm, even if the day is a warm one. You arrive at the base of the Athabasca Glacier and are provided with instep crampons. Your guide goes through the saftey...

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  • Golden - Population: 4,195

    Picturesque little town in the heart of the Rockies! Beside the pretty downtown there are loads of things to see and do especially if you're in outdoors and extreme sports like mountain biking or paragliding. I was lucky enough to see the local biking championship just south of town it was so much fun! Otherwise there's a small like at the same...

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  • Banff - Population: 6,700

    Very popular, touristy and expensive place in the mountains. Beside Canmore and Lake Louise Banff can be another reliable destination from Calgary. Banff has some really amazing mountain peaks around and a building with interesting history and appearance called Banff Springs Hotel. The Banff Summer Festival is also well-known and famous event and...

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  • Chilliwack - Population: 69,217

    Located in the Fraser Valley in British Columbia. I do not like this city at all maybe because I simply had a bad day. The Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park can be a very interesting place to walk/hike around since there's not too much in the city itself. Of course the area offers excellent fishing, hiking and other outdoor opportunities just like...

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  • Canmore - Population: 11,442

    One of the not too many destinations that I didn't visit during my last visit unfortunately so I have no remained new pictures either. Of course Canmore is a must for a first time visitor. It's located east of Banff National Park and north of Kananaskis Lakes in the Bow Valley. Reliable daytrip from Calgary reachable in 1-2 hrs driving. A...

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  • Boston Bar - Population: 733

    The small community is located in the Fraser Canyon just along the Fraser River. I stopped by here and stayed over for a night on my way to Vancouver. I slept between the CPR railway terminal and the River and saw a black bear in the early morning hours. I've been told that there are some superb spots for fishing just west of Boston Bar.

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  • Smithers - Population: 5,509

    Situated in the Bulkley-Nechako district not that far from Prince Rupert. This little alpine town is really amizing and i do want to go back someday. The town symbol is the wooden Alpenhorn Man located in the beginning of the main street. As far as I'm concerned I liked the river bank better than the downtown. I spent the rest of my time around the...

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  • Watson Lake - Population: 1,547

    Welcome to the Yukon! Watson Lake is a town in southern Yukon close to the British Columbia border. At the same time this area can be the end of the northern Rockies or maybe this area doesn't even belong to the Rocky Mountains but to the Hyland Plateau. Who would guess there's something to see up there? Well, Watson Lake is a great tourist...

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  • Muncho Lake - Population: 20

    Muncho Lake is a pretty small community in northern British Columbia offering some facilities like a gas station and restaurants. You have also possibilities to take a boat trip or take a good hike in the mountains with a fascinating view to the Lake. Here you will surely see some dall sheeps on the surrounding rock peaks. Muncho Lake Provincial...

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  • Fort Nelson - Population: 5,000

    Located on the highway number 97 and lies east of the Northern Rocky Mountains You'll probably cross this town if you're going towards the Yukon. A probable stop between Prince George and Watson Lake. The ditances are quite big up there and if you're driving long distances this city can be a good placeto stay for overnight. It has an impressive...

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Rocky Mountains Nightlife

  • by Matyas Updated Mar 23, 2007

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    This pub is located in Blairmore in the Crowsnet Pass, Alberta offers a special old-styled atmosphere inside. I've been told some interesting stories about its history but unfortunately i cannot remember anymore. If someone do so please share it since I did find nothing on the net:(

    Pub in Blairmore

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Rocky Mountains Transportation

  • Brewster Travel Canada

    Brewster Travel Canada offer a variety of day trips around Banff, Jasper and Yoho National Parks and other services. In July 2005, I joined the Mountain Lakes & Waterfalls tour which took me around Banff and Yoho National Parks.You can find out more information including prices on the tours Explore Rockies (a division of Brewster Travel Canada)...

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  • Rocky Mountain Sky Shuttle

    I used this company for my transfers to Banff from Calgary International Airport when I toured The Canadian Rockies in 2005. The transfers take approximately 2 hours to reach The Rockies from Calgary) but convenient as they drop you off at your accommodation. For your return transfer, you need to reconfirm your booking at least 24 hours prior...

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  • Touring around the Rockies without a...

    Having your own car is the best way to get around the Canadian Rockies. However it's possible to travel between the popular tourist centres and areas by public transportation and there are a number of companies that offers tours around the Canadian Rockies.In October 2000, I was on an escorted coach tour when touring the Rockies (I went with...

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Rocky Mountains Local Customs

  • Canmore Folk Music Festival

    The Longest Running Folk Festival in Alberta with lots of famous folk, blues, country, and world music performers. Visitors are quick to recognize there is indeed something very warm and special about the festival and the place, and it brings them back year after year.The family event is usually held about the first week of August every year. I was...

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  • Rum Runner Days in Blairmore

    The Rum Runner Days are so much fun with a great and interesting historical background. I didn't know anything about this I arrived to the Crowsnest Pass area when the Festival had started. It was kind of like a fairground offering lots of programmes (and sweets) mostly for children. During these days the whole town gets together (or the entire...

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  • Calgary Stampede

    The world renowned rodeo, fun fair livestock and manufacturing exhibition was begun in 1912 by four wealthy ranchers. It has grown and prospered into a globally-touted greatest outdoor show on Earth but at least definitely the biggest one in Canada. I was lucky to see almost everything in 1992 but not much last year in 2006 beside the opening...

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Rocky Mountains Warnings and Dangers

  • Leave what you find!

    While hiking stay on the main trail to protect nature and don't wander off by yourself. Steer clear of flowers or small trees. Once hurt, they may not grow back! Use existing camp areas at least 100 steps from roads, trails and water. Leave plants, rocks and historical items as you find them so the next person can enjoy them. Treat living plants...

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  • Do not litter!

    Pack your trash. Put litter in trash cans or carry it home. Use bathrooms or outhouses when available. If you have to go act like a cat and bury poop in a small hole 4-8 inches deep and 100 big steps from water. Place your toilet paper in a plastic bag and put the bag in a garbage can back home. Keep water clean. Do no put soap, food, or poop in...

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  • Fires

    Use a camp stove for cooking. It's easier to cook on and clean up than a fire. Be sure it's okay to build a campfire in the area you're visiting. Use an exisiting fire ring to protect the ground from heat. Keep your fire small. Remember, campfires are not for trash or food. Do not snap branches off live, dead, or downed trees. Instead, collect...

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Rocky Mountains What to Pack

  • by Matyas Updated Mar 22, 2007

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    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Warm Clothing, Extra Food and Water, Sturdy footwear, Sunscreen and insect repellent, Pocket knife, Lighter, First Aid Kit, Map and compass, Tent, Sleeping bag and pad, Layered clothing, Rain Gear, Spare sandals or shoes, Gas stove, Cooking Gear, Rope, Toilet Paper, Sunhat and sunglasses, Camera, Binoculars, Notebook and pen, Bear Spray.

    Cold up there!

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Rocky Mountains Off The Beaten Path

  • Wildlife in the Rocky Mountains (11)

    Black Bear. If you want you will probably see black bears. Drive slowly and look for these animals in the bushy areas along the roads.

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    Ptarmigan. I'm not pretty sure whether it's a Ptarmigan or not but anyway it looks like. Otherwas these pictures were taken in two different scenes. The Ptarmigan is a medium-sized 31-35cm bird in the grouse family. It is known as Rock Ptarmigan, or colloquially Snow Chicken in North America, where it is the official bird for the territory of...

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    Chipmunk. Chipmunks are very common inhabitants of the Rocky Mountains, they're pretty much everywhere. As far as I'm concerned I don't like them since my food has been pilferred many times even inside my tent (picture 2). Doesn't matter where you are always keep your eyes on your backpack and food otherwise chipmunks are coming. Their omnivorous...

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Rocky Mountains Sports & Outdoors

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    by spidermiss Updated Apr 16, 2011

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    We spent a morning of fun playing at this 9 hole historic golf course surrounded by mountains. The golf course was opened in 1916 with seven holes and then another 2 were added in the 1930s. The golf course was popular with the minors before the Brazeau Collieres ceased trading and today is a popular course with golf enthusiasts and families.

    Equipment: You can hire clubs and accessories at the clubhouse.

    Nordegg Historical Golf Course
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Rocky Mountains Favorites

  • National Park Permits

    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 ParksWhen 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.

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  • Mount Robson Provincial Park

    "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...

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  • Spiral Railway Tunnels

    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...

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