We seldom write about our home country, but it is certainly an underrated travel destination. It’s possible to travel around Canada for relatively cheap if you CouchSurf, stay in hostels or camp. Surely one of the most geographically blessed areas of our homeland is the region surrounding the Rocky Mountains. We’ve spent plenty of time hiking, trekking and fishing around these amazing mountains and we’ve found some gorgeous areas that are definitely worth a visit.
Here are our favorites:
1. Moraine Lake: This lake is one of the most picture perfect bodies of water in the world. The enchanting colors dance off the glass-calm surface while the hypnotic song of the loon echoes in the valley. You can rent canoes on the lake or just lay on the shores and gaze in awe of its beauty. If you’re planning a trip to the Rocky Mountains in Canada, you don’t want to miss Moraine Lake.2. Banff: This is one of the funkiest little mountain towns in Canada, with plenty of international travellers and bars that are open til the wee hours, you can have a great time in Banff. Famous for its skiing and hot springs, Banff has long been on the top of the tourist trail for visitors to Canada. There are hundreds of fascinating hikes around this region from low-level walks around town, to high altitude treks into the mountains. There is plenty to do here to keep you busy for a few days, and if your lucky you may even be able to see the Northern Lights dance in the sky above the towering rocky cliffs! 3. Lake Louise: Probably my personal favorite, Lake Louise is absolutely stunning. Come here in late spring and witness the lake as the ice retreats to the shores, revealing a glass-calm lake that reflects the enormous rocky mountains like a new mirror. There is one place to stay on the lake that’s worth checking out, The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. This place has been around since the end of the 19th century and is pretty expensive for budget travellers, but you can book rooms online using services like American Express Travel Canada. Aside from maybe having lunch (expensive) at the Chateau, there’s not much else to do besides hike in the area. The main path is often crowded with tourists (mainly Japanese), but once you step off the trail and head up into the hills you’ll be rewarded with magnificent views over the lake. 4. Jasper: Possibly the most attractive town in the rocky mountains, Jasper sits in the Athabasca river valley and it boasts some of the best mountain scenery in all of Canada. Jasper town is in Jasper National park and there are plenty of lakes in the area for hiking and fishing but the best way to get a good view of the city is to summit the Whistlers and look down on the town from a bird’s-eye view. From the moment you drive into Jasper you’ll probably fall in love with the quiet, laid-back nature of the place. It also sits on one of Canada’s most scenic drives from Calgary on through to Vancouver via the Okanagan. 5. Kananaskis Country: Technically at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Kananaskis is by far the best area in the region for fishing and camping. There are hundreds of tiny glacier lakes dotted around the cliffs where you can find some true peace and serenity. Bring your rod for some excellent fishing and remember a warm sleeping bag if you’re camping here outside of June to August. You can even swim in the crystal clear waters of the lakes if you’re ready for the icy cold shock. If you do decide to visit in the winter, try hitting the slopes, there’s some great skiing in the area. We may be a bit bias because this is our own personal stomping grounds, but we believe that the Rocky Mountain region is the most beautiful and charming area in Canada. Not only is the scenery more sublime, but the people are more laid back and the towns are funkier. There is a reason that the Rocky Mountains are one of Canada’s major tourist draws, and if you visit here you’ll see why.