Alberta Rockies

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.

Cities

Map of the Alberta Rockies travel region

Other destinations

Understand

This is spectacular mountain scenery. Unfortunately has now been discovered by the by the Asia bus tour companies so to see the best sight you need to get there early in the morning; however do not be put off by this, hike a few 100 metre away for the car park and you are on your own in the wilderness.

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

Get in

By plane

International flights are available to Calgary and Edmonton airports.

By car

By bus

By train

Get around

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.

See

Itineraries

Do

In the winter skiing, in the summer hiking.

Travel topics

Stay safe

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.

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