The Canadian Rockies are all about magnificent scenery, great outdoor experiences and some interesting wildlife. Highlights include Whistler, the stunning Icefield Parkway which runs through the Jasper and Banff National Parks and of course the Rocky Mountaineer Train Journeys. The scenic Icefield Parkway which links Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff is the highlight of the area. You can either self drive or enjoy a guided tour along this mountain road. During the summer months – June to September it stays light until very late so you have very long days to enjoy all the scenic highlights.
Time your travel for early July and you can include the Calgary Stampede in your itinerary. Enjoy a couple of days at this spectacular event billed as “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth” which runs for 10 days. With daily rodeo events, parades, stage shows, concerts, agricultural competitions, chuckwagon racing and First Nations exhibitions this is an event not to be missed.
Your entry point to the Canadian Rockies is likely to be the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver. Do allow a few days to explore this city, take a bike ride around the 10km sea wall of Stanley Park, visit Granville Market, take a walk on the Capillano Suspension Bridge and see the Grizzlies up on Grouse Mountain.
If you have a little extra time make sure you fit in a visit to Vancouver Island which is home to beautiful Victoria and the world famous Butchart Gardens.