The Canadian Rockies are a land of adventure, where must-see destinations are around every corner and experiences of a lifetime are always waiting to be discovered. From the snow-capped peaks to the mountain lakes feeding the surrounding rivers and waterfalls, these awe-inspiring landscapes are home to five of Canada’s National Parks, each with their own unique places to explore.
Places to Go, Sights to See
At Moraine Lake Lodge, your Rocky Mountain accommodation lies perfectly between Lake Louise in Banff National Park and Yoho National Park, and right in the middle of everything the area has to offer. Not sure where to go? Here’s a good list to start with:
Known around the world for its picturesque landscapes and natural playgrounds, Banff is one of Canada’s greatest destinations to find adventure. It’s the first national park to be established in Canada, and thanks to iconic destinations, like the Cave and Basin History Site, it’s also the most visited.
A glacial lake located in Banff National Park is named ‘Lake of the Little Fishes’ by the Stoney Nakota First Nations people. During the summer, there are a variety of hiking trails by the lake as well as mountain biking and horseback riding. Fairmont’s Chateau Lake Louise, one of Canada’s grand railway hotels, is located on the eastern shore.
Lake Agnes Tea House
Lake Agnes Tea House
Originally built in 1901 by the Canadian Pacific Railway as a refuge for hikers. They have been serving tea here since 1905! Located on the shores of Lake Agnes at an elevation of 2,135 m (7,005 ft) the tea house is accessible by a 7km round-trip hike from Lake Louise. The tea house is still serving tea today (payment cash only).
Carved steeply into the limestone bedrock by thousands of years of water erosion, the dramatic Johnston Canyon is a must-visit natural attraction in Banff National Park. The easy hike takes you along smooth trails and catwalks to the Lower and Upper Falls. It is particularly popular during the summer months.
Not only is Bow Lake one of the largest lakes in Banff, it’s also one of the most accessible. Its calm waters rest at the foot of Bow Summit, just off the highway with amazing views everywhere you look.
Located in Kootenay National Park; Marble Canyon is a quieter option to Johnston Canyon. An easy hike allowing all skill levels, offers plenty of photo opportunities and rest stops along the way.
This one-of-a-kind excursion will take you on an incredible journey from land to sky. Led by the Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre, you’ll travel to the largest glacier in the Canadian Rockies with thrilling sights to see every step of the way.
Peyto Lake (Bow Summit)
PEYTO LAKE (BOW SUMMIT)
With gorgeous mountains all around, you can hike to the Peyto Lake viewpoint on the upper self-guided nature trail.
Of the 61 lakes found in Yoho National Park, Emerald Lake is the largest. And surrounding its stunning shores is an incredible 5.2 km trail filled with equally beautiful Canadian Rocky Mountain views.
Towering 1,260 feet above the river below in Yoho National Park, Takakkaw Falls is one Canada’s highest and most stunning waterfalls. The hiking trails leading to its crashing white waters are unequivocally beautiful and easily accessible. But they are only open from mid-June until mid-October. So see them while you can.
“This has to be one of the most beautiful places on earth!”