The Canadian Rockies are far from the ordinary; a 1,600km stretch of mountains that knits together almost the whole border of British Columbia and Alberta. This is the realm of rainbow sulphur-tinged meadows and subterranean springs. So-bright-you’ll-need-sunglasses glaciers. Hikes that start with a helicopter flight to the mountaintop trailhead and end in bear forests.
Take a leaf out of the book of 19th-century Canadian Rockies naturalist Mary Schäffer Warren when she declared, “I hate doing the ordinary thing.”
There’s a whole lot of ground to cover, so organised tours do it best. A seasoned guide is invaluable in this vast neck of the woods, helping you cycle the Icefields Parkway and connecting your family to the best rafting on the Kicking Horse River. In fact, any vacation to the Canadian Rockies is crammed with optional activities, from camping to horse riding. Plus, there’s a city waiting for you at either end of the trip: Vancouver, with its downtown rainforest, and the frontier city of Calgary. Read our Canadian Rockies travel guide to find out more.