Visit the Canadian Rockies – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and you’ll be smitten with Rocky Mountain fever.
Banff, Jasper and Lake Louise are all bucket list places to visit in Canada.
And once you see these Canadian Rockies pictures of Banff, Jasper and Lake Louise, you’ll understand why!
And that Rocky Mountain fever?
It’s the ache you feel upon beholding glaciers that cling like angel’s wings to mountains so lofty, they disappear into the clouds.
It’s the longing that overtakes you after seeing untamed evergreen forests, waterfalls that cascade down vertical cliffs and lakes that glitter an astonishing aquamarine.
Are we getting a bit too syrupy? See, that’s what the Rockies do to us!
Canadian Rockies pictures
The only cure for Rocky Mountain fever?
Return and visit once again the world-renowned Canadian Rocky Mountains.
Photos of Banff and Lake Louise
Banff and Lake Louise are found in Banff National Park, one of the most popular national parks in Canada.
Get ready to be wowed!
Many of the snow-capped mountains in Banff soar higher than 12,000 feet!
Spanning 2,564 square miles of wilderness, the park also boasts 1,000 miles of hiking trails – more than any other mountain park in the world.
There are a gazillion things to do in Banff National Park (well almost), from biking the Legacy Trail and paddling a kayak on Lake Louise to biking along Lake Minnewanka.
We like hiking along the steel catwalks up Johnston Canyon – it’s exhilarating to feel the spray above the thundering waterfalls!
Soaking in natural hot springs and golfing are also popular.
And the wildlife?
We’ve seen black bears, moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, brilliant blue jays and cheeky chipmunks that grab bits of your sandwich and run.
In winter, you can shuss down world-class slopes at three ski resorts – Lake Louise Ski Resort, Mt. Norquay and Sunshine Village.
There are other great things to do in Lake Louise too.
The Lake Louise Gondola offers gorgeous mountain views.
Sleigh riding, cross-country skiing and snow shoeing are also fun in winter.
It’s also possible to see remarkable sights…
Like the Northern Lights!
Recommended reading: Chasing Northern Lights photos in Alberta
Where to stay in Banff and Lake Louise
Like a castle in the mountains, the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is the grandest place to stay in Banff.
Also check out the best Airbnbs in Banff.
Where to stay in Lake Louise?
The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is another grand hotel in Canada’s Rockies.
Be sure to paddle a canoe on Lake Louise – a very Canadian thing to do!
Photos of Jasper
Jasper National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is twice as big as Banff.
But its postage-stamp size town, Jasper, is quainter and you’ll bump into fewer visitors here.
There are many stunning Jasper attractions.
For one, the Jasper Sky Tram – the longest and highest aerial tramway in Canada – is something you’ll want to put on your Jasper itinerary.
And if you hike the Old Fort Point Trail, you’ll get stunning views of Jasper and its surroundings.
On the way down, the Old Fort Point Bridge – an iron bridge crossing the Athabasca River – is likely to catch your attention.
Where to stay in Jasper
For accommodation, perhaps splurge on the Jasper Park Lodge.
Along with the Chateau Lake Louise and Banff Springs Hotel, it’s one of the “wow” places to stay in Canada’s Rocky Mountains.
Or you can rent a cabin like we have on a couple of recent summer family holidays in Jasper.
We particularly like Alpine Village Resort.
On the banks of the Athabasca River, the Pine Bungalows are also very clean and good (less expensive).
Driving from Banff to Jasper
Connecting Banff and Jasper parks is the 144-mile Icefields Parkway, which stretches between Lake Louise and Jasper.
Watch out for the elk!
Be sure to stop at the Columbia Icefield, North America’s largest sub-polar body of ice feeding eight major glaciers.
You can ride in a big red “ice explorer” on Athabasca Glacier, then walk along the glass-floored Glacier Skywalk suspended a jaw-dropping 918 feet above glacier-formed valleys.
So there you have it – the beautiful Canadian Rockies…
And some inspiring Canadian Rockies photography.
Talk about a Rocky Mountain high!
How to snap your own great Canadian Rockies photos?
Well, first you have to visit!
One of the best ways to see the Canadian Rockies is on the Rocky Mountaineer train. It travels between Vancouver and Banff, taking in Lake Louise.
You’re sure to get some of your own Insta-perfect shots of the Canadian Rockies!
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Photo credits: 9 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase