A Canadian Rockies Adventure

The cliff-edge walkway is filled with nature-inspired interpretive exhibits, focused on one of the most unique ecosystems in the world. The main event is the glass-floored observation platform, which pretrudes from the cliff edge at 280 metres above ground level, over the glacier-formed valleys and waterfalls.

Waterfalls filled me with excitement throughout my entire journey. Some of the most impressive waterfalls in this area of the world include Takakkaw waterfall in Yoho National Park, dropping a sheer 302m (the third highest in Canada), and Helmecken waterfall in Wells Grey Park, which isn’t technically in the Rockies. Laughing Falls, Twin Falls and Wapta Falls are also must-sees whilst in the area, each with their own characters and distinctive beauty. Between these attractions though is the divide between the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia, and residing almost exactly on the divide is Jasper National Park.

jasper-national-parkEstablished in 1907, this is not the oldest but is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, spreading itself over 10,878 square kilometres. It is most famous for the Columbia Icefields, as I have mentioned, but is also a fantastic place for hiking, skiing and wildlife viewing – it’s home to a healthy population of grizzly bears, caribou (deer) and wolves. Maligne Canyon and Maligne Lake are considered to be the most interesting sights and trails in Jasper National Park, once again a perfect opportunity to really appreciate the natural beauty all around you.

Moving further on, into British Columbia territory, you won’t notice much of a difference in terms of the landscape, however once you are past Mount Robson (the highest point in the Canadian Rockies) you are now no longer in the Rockies themselves. Onward, past Wells Grey, towards Whistler, the environment becomes much more desert-like, flat and arid – quite a shock to the system after the varied heights and impressive appearance of the Rocky Mountains.

I would recommend journeying from the Rockies towards the far West coast, visiting the city of Vancouver and Vancouver Island. Namely, my favourite place on the island was Tofino – a place where rain is almost a constant, but the beaches and fishing village atmosphere is incredible. Equally, here is where you’ll get some of the best opportunities for whale watching, so don’t miss out!

With less people in the whole of the country than Tokyo’s Metropolitan area, you will never find stifling crowds, horrendous traffic and long queues in Canada. There’s certainly more than enough room for the 35 million inhabitants, and there’s an entire world of things to do and see. Of course, I have only described a pin-drop area in relation to the rest of the country, but from what I have seen, the rest is certainly worth exploring too! I will be back.

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