More and more of us choose to spend time outdoors during the holidays as opposed to a boozy cruise, swanky resort holiday or crowded city break. Whatever the reason, with the Rockies’ abundance of day and multi-day hikes and cycling routes, you’ll never want to spend your holidays anywhere else but in nature. Exploring the entire Canadian Rockies in a single holiday might be a bit of a challenge, so why not start with a specific region or national park? Here are a few options for you to choose from.
The Icefields Parkway is one of the most scenic drives in Canada, stretching around 200 miles (300 km) from the North of the Canadian Rockies to the South. It follows three major river systems, traverses beneath some of the most majestic peaks in North America and unfolds breathtaking views of glaciers. Cycling from inn to inn along the Icefields Parkway is the best way to explore all its hidden jewels.
For those who prefer hiking, the Icefields Parkway has a number of hiking trails just off the road, such as Bow Glacier Falls, Mistaya Canyon, Columbia Icefield Glacier Skywalk, and many more for you to enjoy.
Whistler is a unique and authentic mountain biking destination. It’s at the top of every reputable cycler’s bucket list. The riveting pedal-powered biking culture here rewards everyone with a wide selection of world-class biking trails for all skill levels and comfortable accommodation options, craved after a long day of biking.
For those with a limited amount of holidays, but a powerful desire to explore the three biggest parks in the Canadian Rockies, we recommend hiking across all three national parks. Deep gorges, azure lakes, never-ending glacial rivers, and verdant forests are a tiny fraction of what the national parks in the Canadian Rockies have to offer.
Various holiday vendors provide guided hiking trips around the best locations. For example, our multi-day hiking tour in Banff, Jasper and Yoho National Parks is ideal for anyone with a limited amount of time on their hands, but who also have a goal to explore as much as possible.