Posts tagged rockies
Gondola to Gorman - a Classic Backpacking route in Golden, BC

I spent a month earlier this year, cooped up in my house putting pins on a map of all of the off-the-beaten-path places that I wanted to explore if the rain ever stopped falling. When I took a moment to zoom out and gain some perspective I realized that at the apex of so many was the town of Golden, BC. Home to a few thousand full time residents who all seem to love the summer, live for the winter and excel at every activity that brings them outside of a building and under the sun I knew that I needed to spend some quality time across the Alberta-BC border. First on the list was this traverse…

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Mount Robson Provincial Park

This provincial park is home to, and named after, Mount Robson - the tallest peak in the Canadian Rockies with nearly 3,000 metres (10,000 ft) of steep vertical ascent from the Kinney Lake shoreline – something that few mountains anywhere in the world can claim to offer. Mount Robson is also considered one of the most challenging mountains to climb.

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Banff National Park

Banff is the oldest national park in Canada. Established in 1885, the park is located in the Alberta Rocky Mountains. Calgary is the nearest city, and the main commercial center of the park is in the town of Banff, in the Bow River valley. Known for mountainous terrain and alpine landscapes — including more than a thousand glaciers, ice fields, forests, valleys, meadows, and rivers — the park is part of UNESCO’s Canadian Rocky Mountain World Heritage site. Natural sites around the park include Canada’s largest cave system, Castleguard Caves, numerous glacier-fed lakes such as Lake Louise, and the Legacy Trail — a trail for walking, cycling, and in-line skating. 

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Jasper National Park

Extending over 11,000 square kilometres, it is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies and part of UNESCO's Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site. The townsite now known as Jasper was originally named Fitzhugh after an individual who was at the time the Vice-President of the Grand Trunk Railway. It was changed to Jasper in 1913 and the National Park was established as a National Forest in 1907 and gained its National Park status in 1930. The most recent numbers note that Jasper has approximately 4,500 permanent residents. 

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