15 Natural Wonders of Banff and the Canadian Rockies4

15 Natural Wonders of Banff and the Canadian Rockies

2. Mount Robson

Mount Robson is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies at 3,954 m (12,972 ft). What’s remarkable about this mountain is how incredibly high it rises above the valley floor. The vertical rise is almost 3 km from the base to the summit.

The glaciers around Mount Robson are very important to the province of British Columbia because tehy provide the headwaters of the mighty Fraser River, which flows 1,375 miles (2,213 km) hereto the city of Vancouver where it reaches the Pacific Ocean. There is an excellent hike around the back called the Berg Lake Trail that allows you to get away from the crowds in the summer.

3. The Columbia Icefield

The Columbia Icefield is a massive icefield along the Continental Divide. It covers 325 km² in area, is 100 to 365 metres (328 to 1,197 ft) in depth and receives up to seven metres (275 in) of snowfall per year. It’s meltwaters flow into three oceans, the Arctic Ocean to the north, Hudson Bay to the east (Atlantic Ocean) and south and west to the Pacific Ocean.

There is excellent hiking in the area and you can take an 80-minute tour on the king-sized Brewster Ice Explorers that are specially designed for glacial adventure travel. The best time to experience the icefield is on the Full Moon Treks, which guided are by the National Park Rangers.

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