Canadian Rockies

Your Next Adventure through the Canadian Rockies

According to Become a Canadian, the Canadian Rockies are key places to visit in Canada with Calgary in Alberta and Vancouver in British Columbia representing the two gateway cities.

For your next adventure to the Canadian Rockies, you can start with a road trip in Calgary. An average 45-minute drive west in Calgary will place you in the heart of the Canadian Rockies.

An expert from Become a Canadian says while the deep Rockies adventure start in Vancouver, you can continue to Edmonton, another gateway city in Alberta.

Two exciting types of road trips for you

Below are the two ways tourists can enjoy their adventure through the Canadian Rockies

1. The classic trip

Start the classic trip in Edmonton, Alberta’s capital city. The places to visit include: 

  • River Valley – Canada’s largest urban park
  • Jasper National Park in the west of River Valley 
  • Banff National Park through the Columbia Icefields
  • Kootenay National Park through Highway 93
  • Waterton Lakes National Park straight to Calgary in a 3hr-drive 


According to Become a Canadian, the classic trip allows time to drive through the mountains and see wildlife.

2. The fast-track trip

Start the fast-track trip from Calgary. The list of places to visit includes:

  • Three Sisters – a trio of mountains near Canmore
  • Canmore Nordic Center for cross-country skiing
  • Lakes and rivers of Spray Valley Provincial Park
  • Tunnel Mountain, also known as Sleeping Buffalo
  • Take a drive to Norquay ski resort and walk the 2.6mile evergreen forest

Going through the fast-track trip means you can visit as many places as you want between two or three days max.

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