Comparing mountains is a subjective and imprecise business. Yet few would deny that the Canadian Rockies are one of the most extravagantly beautiful ranges on Earth. The mountains and vast stretches of wilderness that make up the birthplace of Canada's first national park offer stunning scenery of glaciers, lakes, valleys, and snowcapped mountain peaks. Large mammals such as deer and elk can be observed in all seasons from the roadside.
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Avoid crowds at this lovely site by enjoying the sunrise vista. In summer, rent a canoe for a peaceful paddle amid the surrounding snow-capped peaks.
On scenic Bow Valley Parkway, an easy trail leads through a steep-sided limestone gorge where numerous falls carved potholes into the rocks below.
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Take Icefields Parkway to Parker Ridge Trail, where a 1.7-mile hike leads to fantastic views of rugged peaks and the Saskatchewan Glacier.
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Must Reads Before You Go
Banff National Park vacation travel guide and tour information including highlights such as Icefields Parkway and the Banff Centre.