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From hedonistic pleasure to wilderness adventure, the Canadian Rockies have something for everyone wanting a trip into nature. Five UNESCO-designated national parks cover a vast rock and ice wilderness along Canada's Continental Divide. In winter, much of the beauty is cloaked in a deep blanket of white so the real draw here is winter sports. Ski resorts in Banff and Jasper are world class and offer a range of experiences. Experienced adventurers will find all manner of back-country challenges in the parks. Guides and outfitters are ready to equip you for anything. But for many, a couple of days on the slopes amidst the beautiful Canadian ...

From hedonistic pleasure to wilderness adventure, the Canadian Rockies have something for everyone wanting a trip into nature. Five UNESCO-designated national parks cover a vast rock and ice wilderness along Canada's Continental Divide. In winter, much of the beauty is cloaked in a deep blanket of white so the real draw here is winter sports. Ski resorts in Banff and Jasper are world class and offer a range of experiences. Experienced adventurers will find all manner of back-country challenges in the parks. Guides and outfitters are ready to equip you for anything. But for many, a couple of days on the slopes amidst the beautiful Canadian Rockies followed by sybaritic charms in Banff or Jasper are an ideal break. Both towns take good care of winter visitors with fine restaurants, romantic lodges, spas and much more.

Ryan Ver Berkmoes
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Ryan Ver Berkmoes has written many books for Lonely Planet, including Bali & Lombok and the Southeastern Alaska and Western Canada sections for LP's Canada guide.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: The Canadian segment of the North American Rocky Mountains range extending from Alberta to British Columbia.
  • Language: English, French
  • Currency: Canadian Dollar
  • Research: Wikitravel | Wikipedia
  • Weather: Rainfall | Daylight

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  • Best Time to Visit:

    Christmas and New Year's get very crowded with skiers. January and February weekdays offer fine conditions and few lines.