Rocky Mountain Trivia!
Fun facts and tips about the Canadian Rockies:
– The Canadian Rockies comprise the Canadian portion of the North American Rocky Mountains range.
– The Canadian Rockies are composed of shale and limestone.
– The highest peak is Mount Robson at 3,954 m (12,972 ft).– Five national parks are located within the Canadian Rockies. Banff, Jasper, Kootenay, and Yoho interlock to form the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage site. Waterton is not included in the World Heritage Site (such a shame, Waterton is gorgeous!).
– The Alpine Club of Canada maintains epic huts in the region, for both summertime exploration and winter hut-to-hut travel or weekend adventures (reserve WAY in advance!).
– Eco-resorts abound, Nipika Mountain Resort in the Kootenays is powered by solar energy and a small hydro plant.
– Yamnuska is a wicked adventure company based out of Canmore, with killer ice climbing courses.
– The Banff/Lake Louise Winter Festival has been running for almost 100 years! Be sure to check out the ice sculptures during the 10 day festival.
– April is one of the best months to spend a week traversing the Rockies on skis.
– Kootenay’s most famous residents are Bighorn Sheep.
– The Icefields Parkway between Lake Louise and Jasper is 230 km long and the Num-ti-jah Lodge was built in the 1940’s!
– The railway through the Canadian Rockies was completed in the 1880’s!
– Many of the lakes in the Rockies get their turquoise hue from glacial silt – temporarily suspended in the water resulting in color variations.
– Banff hosts its annual Mountain Film & Book Festival the first week of November, filled with cinematic glory!
– The Larch viewing season in late September in Yoho is highly sought after and most stunning from views across the Continental Divide.
The biggest take away from all this: Canadian Rockies = Awesome ♥