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Alberta Rockies

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Alberta Rockies is a region in western Alberta, Canada. It is dominated by the Rocky Mountains and attracts many visitors with its beauty, outdoor activities and two of Canada's oldest and best known national parks, Banff National Park and Jasper National Park.


Map of Alberta Rockies
Map of Alberta Rockies

Other destinations[edit]

  • 1 Banff National Park Canada's first national park, it is also one of the largest national parks in Canada. The park sees visits well into the millions annually.
  • 2 Columbia Icefield
  • 3 Jasper National Park The largest of Canada's Rocky Mountain Parks, it features broad valleys, rugged mountains, glaciers, forests, alpine meadows and wild rivers along the eastern slopes of the Rockies in western Alberta.
  • 4 Kananaskis Country Maintained by the Province of Alberta, the Kananaskis park area consists of a number of provincial parks and reserves.
  • 5 Kananaskis Village
  • 6 Lake Louise


This is spectacular mountain scenery. It has been discovered by Asian bus tour companies, so to see the best sights you need to get there early in the morning; however do not be put off by this, hike a few hundred metres away for the car-park and you are on your own in the wilderness.

Banff and Banff Park are the most popular destinations followed by Jasper. However do not underestimate Kananaskis Country, it is easy to drive past it but it can actually be one of the better areas for wildlife spotting, particularly grizzly bears.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

International flights are available to Calgary and Edmonton airports.

By car[edit]

By bus[edit]

Greyhound Canada

Greyhound Canada terminated all services in Western Canada and Northern Ontario effective October 31, 2018.

By train[edit]

Get around[edit]

The Icefields Parkway (Highway 93) runs north/south through the region.

If you are not in a hurry to reach your destination an alternative to Highway 1 between Banff and Lake Louise is the Bow Valley Parkway (Alberta Highway 1A). The road winds through the woods giving the chance of seeing more wildlife (mainly deer) than the Trans-Canadian. Good quality road surface but a speed limit of 60 km/h. Similarly the 93A between Jasper and the Athabasca Falls provides a slow option with a greater chance of seeing bears.




In the winter skiing, in the summer hiking.

Travel topics[edit]

Stay safe[edit]

This is bear country. Be aware of bear safety.

This is bear country so be careful. Also be aware that there is a good chance of coming across longhorn sheep, deer and moose on the road.

Go next[edit]

This region travel guide to Alberta Rockies is a usable article. It gives a good overview of the region, its sights, and how to get in, as well as links to the main destinations, whose articles are similarly well developed. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page.