Canadian Rockies, Alberta

Alberta's Canadian Rockies Tours

Canadian Rockies Tours are an incredible way to experience the natural beauty of Western Canada, providing the chance to take in the pristine mountain landscape of Alberta without the need to plan the entire trip yourself. Whether you are an avid hiker or a downhill skiing enthusiast, booking a Canadian Rockies Tour is the best way to enjoy the great outdoors!

Explore the Canadian Rockies in Alberta

Alberta’s Canadian Rockies are an outdoor lover’s paradise, with countless trails to explore and adventures to be had no matter your age or skill level. Over 9 million people explore the Canadian Rockies in Alberta every year, making it one of the most popular travel destinations and tourist attractions in Canada. But how does one go about planning a Canadian Rockies tour?

Stretching from northern British Columbia all the way down to the border with the United States, the Canadian Rockies are a vast mountain range that can seem imposing to travellers who are unfamiliar with the region; however, with a bit of research on things like the best time of year to visit, where to stay, and what to do, even the least-travelled person will be able to easily book an incredible Canadian Rockies tour.

It doesn’t matter if you are a winter sports enthusiast, backpacker, or simply love to sit outdoors and enjoy the scenic mountain views, there is no denying that the rugged terrain of Alberta’s Canadian Rockies are the place to be, no matter the time of year. Continue reading to discover more information on how to plan your unforgettable Canadian Rockies Tour.

When is the Best Time for a Canadian Rockies Tour?

When it comes to choosing the best time of year for a Canadian Rockies Tour, each season has its own redeeming qualities. Anyone looking to avoid the throngs of hikers, skiers, and international tourists should consider visiting the Rockies during the shoulder seasons of May-June and September-October, as the cooler weather attracts fewer visitors. On the other hand, if you want to experience the absolute best weather and don’t mind sharing the trail, then June to September will be the perfect time to visit. For those who want to experience the majesty of the Canadian Rockies during the winter months, aim for the January to March window - especially if you are planning to hit the slopes.

Alberta’s Canadian Rockies Map

Getting a sense of the scale of a vast area like the Rocky Mountains can be difficult, especially if you have never visited it before. That’s why we’ve created this simple Canadian Rockies map, to provide an overview of the region for quick reference while planning your adventure.

Family Adventures in the Canadian Rockies?

The rugged and imposing landscape of the Rocky Mountains may seem like a destination that is only geared toward experienced outdoor enthusiasts, but in reality there are plenty of amazing family adventures in Alberta’s Canadian Rockies. Whether you are looking for a family-oriented sightseeing tour packed full of shorter day hikes or a exciting ranch tour that offers a taste of the western lifestyle, there is no shortage of fun family Canadian Rockies tours to be experienced!

Popular Canadian Rockies Tour Activities

When looking to book a Canadian Rockies tour, hiking and backpacking are arguably the most popular outdoor activities; however, there are a number of other options to explore if you are looking for a more unique experience when visiting Alberta. Here are a few of the different activities on offer in terms of Alberta’s Canadian Rockies tours:

Hiking

As mentioned above, hiking is arguably the most popular pastime in the Canadian Rockies, and this incredible Rockies Classics Tour will highlight some of the best landmarks in Banff National Park.

Backpacking

Similar to hiking, multi-day backpacking trips are a go-to activity for many people in the Rockies, whether they are visitors or locals. This guided Kananaskis Highlands Backpacking Adventure will take you out into the mountains and provide the perfect setting to disconnect from the outside world.

Outdoor Skill Training

Exploring mountainous terrain is a fun exercise; however, it can be dangerous if you don’t know what you are doing. If you are always looking to add new tools and tips to your outdoor repertoire, why not book a tour that is both fun and educational, such as this Avalanche Skills Training in the Canadian Rockies Course.

Scrambling

Enjoy hiking, but want a bit more of a tougher climb? Get your hands and knees dirty on an intense scrambling adventure, or take some time to learn the proper way to scramble on this Scrambling Skills and Safety Course.

Ice Climbing

Have you ever wanted to experience the thrill of scaling a wall of ice, but aren’t sure how to get started? Book an informative tour that will help you learn Ice Climbing Basics in the Canadian Rockies.

Rock Climbing

Many people are familiar with rock climbing as a physical activity, but what about rock climbing outdoors? Get a crash course in the sport by taking part in a tour that will have you Outdoor Rock Climbing at Level 1 and 2 in the Canadian Rockies.

Mountaineering

Mountaineering is an exhilarating sport that will have you feeling as though you are on top of the world, so why not capture that feeling and climb to higher elevations on an Introduction to Mountaineering Tour.

Road Biking

The Canadian Rockies are home to some incredibly scenic mountain passes, and what better way to see them than on a multi-day cycling adventure? Experience the natural beauty of both the Banff and Jasper national parks on this amazing Jasper to Highwood Pass Cycling Tour.

Downhill Skiing

The quintessential winter activity in the Canadian Rockies, downhill skiing is the ultimate way to take in the rugged slopes of this world-renowned mountain region. Take your time and experience the majesty of Alberta’s mountains on this awesome 9-Day Rocky Mountain Ski Tour.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Canadian Rockies

Where are the Canadian Rockies?

The Canadian Rockies can be found in Western Canada, stretching from northern British Columbia down along the provincial border with Alberta to the United States.

How to visit the Canadian Rockies?

There are many ways to visit the Canadian Rockies, but many people choose to do so by rail, on a road trip, or by staying in one of the region’s towns, such as Banff, Canmore, or Jasper.

What is the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies?

Mount Robson in British Columbia is the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies at 3959m, while the highest mountain in Alberta’s Rockies is Mount Columbia at 3747m.

Which national park is the largest in the Canadian Rockies?

Covering an area of 10,878 km², Jasper National Park is the largest National Park in the Canadian Rockies.

Where to stay in the Canadian Rockies?

When it comes to where to stay in the Canadian Rockies, the best options are Banff, Jasper, Canmore, and Lake Louise.

Are there bears in the Canadian Rockies?

Both black bears and grizzly bears can be found in plentiful numbers in the Canadian Rockies, so be sure to remain bear-aware and exercise all precautions when exploring the outdoors.

Highlights on a Canadian Rockies Tour

When it comes to highlights on a Canadian Rockies tour, there are so many different things to do and see, making it difficult to settle on a final itinerary! Here are a few Canadian Rockies Tour highlights to experience when visiting Alberta:

Banff National Park

Established in 1885, Banff National Park is the oldest national park in Canada and can be found west of Calgary in the Rocky Mountains. The terrain of the park is largely mountainous with dense coniferous forests that are broken up by alpine meadows, glaciers, lakes, and ice fields. Banff National Park is home to a wide range of animal life including hundreds of species of birds, elk, deer, cougar, grizzly bear, moose, and wolverine. The main hub of the park is the town of Banff, which many travellers use as a base to explore the surrounding landscape.

Jasper National Park

Located just north of Banff National Park, Jasper National Park was established in 1930 and is the largest of the national parks within Alberta’s Rocky Mountains. Covering an area of 10,878 km², the park is home to a diverse range of wildlife that includes countless bird species, large mammals like moose, grizzly bear, and bighorn sheep, as well as various fish and amphibian species. Jasper National Park sees over 1.5 million visitors per year and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. The town of Jasper is located along the banks of the Athabasca River and is the main hub within the park.

Book the Best Tours in the Canadian Rockies

Everyone wants to have the best vacation, but sometimes the planning phase can feel utterly exhausting. With 10Adventures you can leave the stress of planning your next trip to the professionals, allowing you to focus on making memories during the incredible journey ahead. Here is a list of some of the best tours in the Canadian Rockies that will surely be a hit with your travel companions:

Jasper Highlands Backpacking Adventure

Backpacking the Rockwall Highline

Road Bike Jasper to Banff

6-Day Rockies Hiking and Camping Adventure

Banff and Jasper Hiking Tour

Backpacking near Mount Assiniboine

Helpful Resources for Booking a Canadian Rockies Tour

Still on the fence about visiting Alberta or need more information to plan the perfect Canadian Rockies tour? Whether you are looking for the ideal backcountry lodge, want to take the family out on a multi-day backpacking adventure, or are in search of the perfect Alberta day hike, we have plenty of articles and online resources to help you explore the Canadian Rockies to your heart’s content.

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Avalanche Skills Training 1 in the Canadian Rockies

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Avalanche safety is a must-have tenet of backcountry adventure and a critical step in keeping yourself and your adventure partners safe in the wintertime and shoulder season. The Avalanche Skills Training 1 in the Canadian Rockies tour is a practical chance to learn the basics of avalanche safety in one of the most beautiful mountain environments in the world.

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Scrambling Skills and Safety

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Most mountaineers start out as hikers on simple trails, progressively learning new skills to take on more advanced terrain. Scrambling is a fundamental skill in a hiker’s toolbelt, opening the door to more incredible scenery with the use of your own two hands. The Scrambling Skills and Safety tour is a chance to become familiar with scrambling with the guidance of a mountain expert.

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Outdoor Rock Climbing Level 2 in the Canadian Rockies

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Got the basics of outdoor climbing down and ready to advance? The Outdoor Rock Climbing Level 2 in the Canadian Rockies course builds your knowledge, skills, and confidence to help you reach new heights in your outdoor climbing adventure!

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Outdoor Rock Climbing Level 1 in Canadian Rockies

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Breaking into outdoor climbing can be intimidating, but the Outdoor Rock Climbing Level 1 in Canadian Rockies course builds your knowledge, skills, and confidence to prepare you to safely and enjoyably climb in the great outdoors!

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Ice Climbing Basics in the Canadian Rockies

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Ever looked at a frozen waterfall and thought, “I want to climb that?” You’re in the right place. The Ice Climbing Basics in the Canadian Rockies tour is a foundational introduction to the thrilling world of ice climbing. This course is suitable for total beginners and experienced climbers alike- anyone curious about strapping on the crampons and donning the axe is welcome!

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Avalanche Skills Training 2 in the Canadian Rockies

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Every backcountry adventurer needs a foundational knowledge of avalanche safety, and the Avalanche Skills Training 2 in the Canadian Rockies tour is designed to show you how to evaluate and respond to changing snow conditions in the backcountry.

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Basics of Winter Mountaineering

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Mountaineering doesn’t have to be intimidating. Learn the fundamentals on the Basics of Winter Mountaineering course, an unforgettable adventure designed to teach you the skills you’ll need to conquer new mountains without previous experience required.

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Hiking the Wapta Icefields

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If you want to access terrain enjoyed by few, the Hiking the Wapta Icefields tour is the ideal chance to escape your routine and seek the mountains. This hiking adventure in the Canadian Rockies departs from stunning Bow Lake to leave everyone else behind, travelling deep into the mountains.

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Guided Ascent of Mount Willingdon

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Reaching the peak of Mount Willingdon is an incredible experience, and it’s one you can do without mountaineering experience or any special skills! On the Guided Ascent of Mount Willingdon, you’ll be led up this incredible mountain with an experienced guide, reaching the 11,066-foot summit to discover unbelievable views over the surrounding Rockies.

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Hiking the Skoki Circuit

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While the selection of incredible backpacking routes in the Canadian Rockies is too long to name, the Skoki Circuit stands out for its jaw-dropping beauty. The Hiking the Skoki Circuit tour is an excellent way to enjoy this region of Banff National Park, taking care of the logistics so you can just soak up those views.

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Outdoor Rock Climbing Level 1 & 2 in Canadian Rockies

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Are you a beginner or intermediate climber looking to advance your skills outside? Take the Outdoor Rock Climbing Level 1 & 2 in Canadian Rockies course to build an excellent base of climbing knowledge or continue to improve your performance on the rock.

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Kananaskis Highlands Backpacking Adventure

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Have you heard of Banff’s little sister, Kananaskis? This collection of provincial parks and wildlands make up one of the best hiking destinations in Canada. With scenery that’s just as good as the big national parks but comes with fewer people on the trail, this is the ideal place to get backpacking! The Kananaskis Highlands Backpacking Adventure shows you the very best of this special place!

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Jasper Highlands Backpacking Adventure

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The Jasper Highlands Backpacking Adventure is a must-do adventure for the intermediate or strong backpacker. If you’ve tested your legs elsewhere and feel ready for a truly remote adventure, this is the one!

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Backpacking the Rockwall Highline

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Want to tackle your first backpacking trip, but not sure how to make it everything you dream of it being? The Backpacking the Rockwall Highline is a perfect introduction to backpacking. With no previous experience required (just some solid hiking fitness!) and a long reel of unbelievable scenery to discover, this is a backpacking trip you’re guaranteed to fall in love with!

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Powder Highway Campervan Ski Tour

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Are you ready for the ski adventure of a lifetime? The Powder Highway in the Canadian Rockies is home to world-class ski resorts, and on this tour, you will get a sampling of what they have to offer. The Powder Highway Campervan Ski Tour suits beginners to experts, but having some skiing experience will be an asset so you can easily follow your guides to secret powder stashes in the best resorts in BC.

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Winter Rockies Self-Drive Tour

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The spectacular Canadian Rocky Mountains attract visitors from around the world in the summer, but during the winter they become a beautiful snowy playground for skiers and adventurous travellers. The Winter Rockies Self-Drive Tour is a relaxed self-driving itinerary that offers longer stays in each stop, so you can fill each day with your favourite winter activities.

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Backpacking the Banff Highline Trail

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Backpacking the Banff Highline Trail is a quintessential Canadian Rockies adventure, and this tour takes you across countless unforgettable kilometres, walking underneath stone giants, across flower-dotted meadows, and past shimmering alpine lakes.

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Rockies Classic Hiking Tour

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This guided hiking tour in the Canadian Rockies has been especially designed for outdoor lovers that want to enjoy the best hiking in the Canadian Rockies. Explore the best hiking in Banff National Park, Jasper National Park and have the option to visit Yoho National Park and Kootenay National Park.

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Women’s Introduction to Mountaineering

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Are you a solid hiker looking to get to the next level? Learn the fundamentals of mountain navigation and movement on the Women’s Introduction to Mountaineering course, an unforgettable adventure designed to teach you the skills you’ll need to conquer new mountains without previous experience required.

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Introduction to Mountaineering

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Are you a solid hiker looking to get to the next level? Learn the fundamentals of mountain navigation and movement on the Introduction to Mountaineering course, an unforgettable adventure designed to teach you the skills you’ll need to conquer new mountains without previous experience required.

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