The Rockies – a serene vacation destination
Where is the best place to relax and de-compress in these modern times? Where does serenity cancel out stress, replacing it with a unique, back-to-nature calm? Taking a trip to the Canadian Rockies is the answer
The majesty and peace of the beautiful Canadian Rockies have long been a place of pilgrimage for those seeking a vacation with a difference. This enormous area offers a wide range of attractions from snow-capped mountains to glassy lakes and untouched wilderness areas. You can explore smart towns where a warm welcome and a delicious meal can be found, as well as quieter, empty spaces where the skies are big and the views are awesome.
With National Parks thick on the ground in the Canadian Rockies, it's possible to give them all a try. Many visitors fly in via Calgary International Airport, the perfect point for reaching National Parks, such as those at Banff and Jasper. Most of this area is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its breathtaking beauty and important and fragile eco-system. Get the most out of a visit to this region by exploring independently with car rental. Because the distances are so vast, personal transport makes sense and it is a good idea to look for car rentals from Budget at the airport on arrival – this way, the adventure starts straightaway!
So what can visitors to this great wilderness expect to see? Well, if waterfalls, wildlife, peaks, lakes, flora and fauna are all on the must-see list, this is the perfect place. Getting close to nature is what it's all about in the national parks, and joining one of the guided hikes led by experts with great local knowledge, such as those from CanadianRockiesAlpine, is one of the finest ways of discovering the best of the area.
Learn about the grizzly bears, elk, big horn sheep and mountain lions that call this place home, and marvel at the Alpine wild flowers that carpet the summer slopes. Local trekking guides with years of experience are able to show the best trails and can organize the perfect itinerary tailored to fitness levels and time available.
The best months to visit are between May and September when the weather is warmer and the wildlife more accessible; however, for the vibrant shades of autumn in the Rockies, between September and mid October is the optimal time. Don't forget to pack a camera!
Enjoying the great outdoors isn't all about sitting back and contemplating the scenery. It's about engaging with it head on, and in the Rockies there are plenty of opportunities. Whether it's mountain biking, kayaking across serene lakes, hang gliding, snow boarding, rock climbing, horse riding or heli-hiking - it's all out there waiting to be experienced.
After a busy day in the fresh air, a comfortable bed and tasty local fare can be enjoyed in a wide number of accommodation options. With grand hotels, quaint bed and breakfasts and hiker's hostels all available, there's something for every taste and budget.
For a place to re-awaken the most jaded of souls, there really is no better vacation than the Canadian Rockies – why wait a moment longer?