British Columbia – Top attractions and landmarks by region

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Canada is one of the most sought after destinations among Brazilians. So you don't miss any of the most beautiful things there, we've created a guide to the natural wonders worth visiting in and around British Columbia. Check it out below:

Anyone planning to visit the westernmost provinces of the Canada, as is the case of British Columbia and, for those who want to extend their trip to Alberta, know that it is difficult not to create expectations. There are so many possibilities that it is a real challenge to choose what to do.



Not only are the mountains, dramatic slopes and dense forests, but the provinces also boast cosmopolitan cities full of vibes and scenery, such as Vancouver or Victoria, with unparalleled charm. In addition to the small cozy villages full of unique characteristics, such as Whistler and Tofino.

In any of these places, the desire to be outdoors and get to know the nature of the region will always catch the attention of travelers. So give let that desire go unnoticed. The trails, zip lines, kayaks, lakes and even the Aurora Borealis are experiences that will turn an ordinary trip into an extraordinary one!

Check out what you need to know when in the province of British Columbia and beyond:

In this post you will see:

  • Things to do in Southern British Columbia – North Vancouver
    • Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
    • Grouse mountain
    • Cleveland Dam
    • Lynn canyon park
    • Where to stay in North Vancouver
  • Things to do in Northern British Columbia – Squamish and Whistler
    • Sea To Sky Highway
    • Squamish backpack
    • Where to stay in Squamish
    • Whistler
    • Joffre Lakes Provincial Park
    • Where to stay in Whistler
  • Things to do in Western British Columbia – Vancouver Island
    • Victoria
    • Where to stay in Victoria
    • Tofino
    • Where to stay in Tofino
  • Things to do East in British Columbia – Rocky Mountains
    • What do I need to know before going?
    • When to go to the Rocky Mountains
    • How many days to stay in the Rocky Mountains
    • How to get to the Rocky Mountains
    • Banff National Park
      • Banff Upper Hot Springs
      • Moraine lake
      • Lake Louise
    • Where to stay near Banff National Park
    • Bow Valley Parkway
    • Icefields Parkway
      • Peyto Lake
      • Bow Lake
    • Where to stay on Icefields Parkway
    • Jasper National Park
      • Columbia Icefield
      • Athabasca Falls
      • Maligne Lake
      • Kinney Lake
    • Where to stay near Jasper National Park
    • Yoho National Park
      • Emerald Lake
      • Natural Bridge
    • Where to stay near Yoho National Park
  • Canada travel insurance
  • British Columbia internet chip
  • Airline tickets to Canada
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Things to do in Southern British Columbia – North Vancouver

The first thing you need to know about North Vancouver is that it is a different city from Vancouver. Despite the similar names, the charming city of North Vancouver is known for the parks and beautiful natural landscapes that the region offers.



And as there are several options for what to do in North Vancouver, we have separated some of the main attractions in the city, check them out:

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park - Photo: Virginia Falanghe

The oldest tourist attraction in the city, opened in 1889, is the park Capilano, a 'must see' in North Vancouver. The photos fail to portray the immensity of the canyon and the rainforest trees that make up the local scenery.

A suspension bridge 130 meters long and 70 meters high is the main attraction. Recently, a cliffwalk was opened with a glass floor suspended over the valley that surprises and delights its visitors.

The trees, which have been there since the age of the dinosaurs, continue to grow constantly because of the mist that moistens the region. And they are where Treetops Adventure's was installed, an attraction made up of suspended platforms and bridges that connect one trunk to the other.

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park - Photo: Virginia Falanghe

More information:

  • Address: 3735 Capilano Rd, North Vancouver, BC V7R 4J1, Canada
  • Open Hours: 10 am to 18 pm daily
  • Ticket prices:
    • Adult: C$59,95
    • Senior – over 65 years old: C$54,95
    • Students – 18 years and over: C$46,95
    •  Teens from 13 to 17 years old: C$31,95
    • Children from 6 to 12 years: C$21,95
    • Children up to 6 years old do not pay
    • Family Pass for 3 – 2 adults and one child or teenager up to 17 years old: C$130
    • Family Pass for 4 – 2 adults and 2 children or teenagers up to 17 years old: C$150
  • Official site: capbridge.com

Grouse mountain


View from Grouse Mountain – Photo: Virginia Falanghe

It is possible to climb to Grouse mountain on foot for a two-hour uphill trail. However, the path closes during the summer. The other option – and the most common – is to board a cable car that takes visitors to a small village on top of the mountain, where there are more than 20 attractions. Among them, a circuit with five zip lines and even a breakfast with the couple of bears who live in a fenced area there.


It is possible to climb even higher, more precisely at 1.250 meters of altitude. Just take the chairlifts that take visitors to the top of the mountain. The program is recommended for sunny days, when it is possible to admire the view of the region.

There are free shuttles that depart from Canada Place and take tourists to Grouse Mountain.

For those who want to hike to Grouse Mountain, Columbia boots are an excellent tip.

Chairlifts at Grouse Mountain – Photo: Virginia Falanghe

More information:

  • Address: 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver, BC
  • Open Hours: 8 am to 20 pm every day, but the time can be changed depending on the weather 
  • Ticket prices:
    • Adults between 17 and 64 years old: C$61
    • Senior over 65: C$54
    • Children between 5 and 16 years: C$34
    • Children under 4 years: Free
    • Family package with 2 adults and 2 children: C$ 161
    • Ski ticket: C$20 per person
  • Official website: grousemountain.com

It is important to keep in mind that during the winter months the park offers other options for attractions and tickets, such as the possibility of skiing at night. It is worth checking the website to plan better according to the activities available.


Cleveland Dam

Cleveland Dam – Photo: Virginia Falanghe

A hidden gem on Capilano Road, the Cleveland Dam is one of the great wonders around North Vancouver. The view from the small park is breathtaking. The dam was created in 1954 to supply the city with natural waters from glaciers on top of the mountains and the Capilano River.


The result is a lake with calm waters and a spectacular backdrop. In addition to the view, admiring the impressive force of the water that runs 91 meters down the wall in the lake dam is indispensable.

Stopping at the Cleveland Dam is a quick stop between the Grouse Mountain and Capilano Suspension Bridge Park tours!

View of the Cleveland Dam – Photo: Virginia Falanghe

More information:

  • Address: Cleveland Dam, North Vancouver, BC V7R
  • Ticket prices: Free Entry
  • Official website: vancouvernorthshore.com/attractions/cleveland-dam/

Lynn canyon park

Lynn Canyon Park – Photo: Virginia Falanghe

In a smaller and more accessible version than Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, the Lynn canyon park it is quite a natural attraction, open since 1912. About a 20-minute drive from downtown, in North Vancouver, the transparency of the river water and the waterfalls that cross the park are impressive. In summer, the icy waters become a playground for teenagers and children who enjoy the sun to bathe.

Several trails and well-marked paths pass through the forest, opening the way to sublime landscapes amidst the gigantic trees of the park. In addition, there are several picnic tables that dot the park entrance with a very Canadian atmosphere. It's worth taking some snacks for lunch there.

If you want to ensure maximum comfort while exploring Lynn Canyon Park, a good idea is to wear trail shoes, such as those from Columbia, adapted for this type of tour.

Lynn Canyon Park – Photo: Brian Baldrati

More information:

  • Open Hours: Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 16 pm. Saturdays and Sundays from 12:14 to XNUMX:XNUMX
  • Ticket prices: Free
  • Address: Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver, BC
  • Official website: lynncanyon.ca

Where to stay in North Vancouver

Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier – Click on the photo and make your reservation

If you are planning to stay for a few days to enjoy all these activities and tourist attractions, it is worth staying at one of the lodgings listed below. Here are some of the best options available in the city that deserve your attention:

  • Crystal’s View Bed & Breakfast – Daily rates from C$ 265 – Note 9,7
  • Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier – Daily rates from C$ 250 – Note 8,7
  • Ocean Breeze Executive Bed and Breakfast – Daily rates from C$ 237 – Note 8,7
  • Holiday Inn North Vancouver, an IHG Hotel – Daily rates from C$ 166 – Note 8,4

See all options for where to stay in North Vancouver.

Things to do in Northern British Columbia – Squamish and Whistler

Driving along the BC-99 highway that connects Vancouver in Squamish, Whistler and Joffre Lakes is an attraction in itself. Bordering the Pacific and overlooking Victoria Island, the snow-capped mountains meet the sea, forming a new backdrop at every turn. The composition of all this is the road considered one of the most beautiful in the world: the Sea To Sky Highway.

Sea To Sky Highway

View from one of the viewpoints on the Sea To Sky Highway – Photo: Virgínia Falanghe

The road has amazing lookouts and waterfalls along the road that are worth the stop: like Shannon Falls which is adjacent to the Sea To Sky Gondola, and Brandywine Falls 20 minutes south of Whistler.

The waterfalls and other parks in the area, such as the Parque Provincial de Garibaldi, are also perfect for those who love walking with numerous marked trails and stunning mountain views.

The region is perfect in winter and summer, with many outdoor attractions.

In the cold, the ski slopes are the big stars of the place. In the warmer months, the sun makes room for activities such as hiking, rafting, kayaking, quad biking or mountain biking. Booking a hotel for two or three nights in Whistler is a good idea, so it is possible to explore the neighboring towns calmly and still stay in the most structured city with typical mountain architecture in the region.

Squamish backpack

View of the Sea to Sky attraction in Squamish – Photo: Virginia Falanghe

Just over an hour's drive from Vancouver, the first stop is Squamish, a small town that is squeezed into a space of land between the high mountains and the ocean. The adventure there goes from the sea to the sky, as the city's tourism slogan says.

Starting with the gondola Sea to Sky that takes visitors to incredible experiences at the top of the mountain: like a suspension bridge crossing, platforms for impressive views and the gondola ride itself.

In rivers and rapids, the Rafting em Squamish mixes adrenaline with scenic landscapes of the region. For the most enthusiastic visitors, there are expeditions of up to 5 days of rafting through the rapids that look like they were taken from the award-winning Hollywood feature film 'The Revenant', with Leonardo DiCaprio.

More information

  • Sea to Sky address: 36800 Highway 99, Squamish, BC, BC V0N 3G0
  • Open Hours: from 9 am to 17 pm daily
  • Ticket prices for Sea to Sky:
    • Adults between 19 and 64 years old – From C$55,95
    • Senior over 64 – From C$50,95
    • Teens aged 13 to 18 – From C$32,95
    • Children between 6 and 12 years old – From C$18,95
    • Children 5 years and under – Free
    • Family package for 2 adults and 2 children – From C$121,95

Ticket prices may vary depending on the day of the week and the place where they are purchased, online or in person – with the price being more affordable online. ?

Where to stay in Squamish

Executive Suites Hotel and Resort – Click on the photo and make your reservation

For those who want to enjoy a few days of calm and relaxation among the beautiful Canadian mountains, staying in Squamish can be a great idea. Check out some unmissable options in the city below:

  • Squamish Adventure Inn – Daily rates from C$ 70 – Note 8,4
  • Executive Suites Hotel and Resort – Daily rates from C$ 199 – Note 8,3
  • Sandman Hotel and Suites Squamish – Daily rates from C$ 158 – Note 8,1
  • Crash Hotel Squamish – Daily rates from C$ 122 – Note 8,1

See all options for where to stay in Squamish.

Whistler

View of Blackcomb Mountain in Whistler – Photo: Virginia Falanghe

Host of the 2010 Winter Olympics, Whistler it is a city completely prepared for sport and adventure activities. Its center has the atmosphere and architecture of the mountain in its essence, which reminds us of the charming Gramado, do not Rio Grande do Sul.

The charm of the center attracts visitors from all over the world to the small town, with cafes and restaurants dotted along the streets, designer shops, souvenirs and handicrafts, overlooking the mountains that surround the city.

To be dazzled by the entire snow-covered mountain range that surrounds the area, it is essential to climb the more than two thousand meters of Blackcomb Mountain on the Peak 2 Peak Gondola. The landscape and views are one of the most unexpected and surprising wonders of the region.

View from Ziptrek zipline – Photo: Virgínia Falanghe

For adventure lovers, the Ziptrek zipline in Whistler is an essential stop. There are six types of zipline tours along the region's mountains. Enthusiastic families, teenagers and adults can choose the package that best suits their needs.

One of the most common sports in Whistler in the summer is mountain biking. There are companies that do different tours and rent bicycles to visitors. The activity guarantees incredible views, well-prepared trails for the activity, a lot of adrenaline and a beautiful walk through the forests of the region.

In winter, Whistler's ski resorts are one of the busiest in British Columbia. No wonder, as winter resorts offer ski and snowboard packages and the entire city only talks and works about it.

Joffre Lakes Provincial Park

Joffre Lakes – Photo: Brian Baldrati

An hour's drive north of Whistler, Joffre Lakes Provincial Park features three crystal-green lakes nestled between the mountains. They are the closest lakes to Vancouver with this color that has become known and desired among Brazilian tourists.

To get to know the park well, it is ideal to leave Whistler early. The first lake, Lower Lake, is just a 5-minute walk from the parking lot. The most beautiful ones, however, require some walking.

To Middle Lake it is two and a half hours of trail over 3 km. As for the Upper Lake, it's just another half hour walk, totaling three hours of walking along the 4 km of trail that leaves the parking lot. That's just counting the way out. The reward is worth all the effort.

Bring snacks, garbage bags, and basic supplies for the trail. There, there is no tourist structure such as restaurants or cafes. In addition, bet on comfortable shoes, preferably sneakers suitable for trails or long walks.

More information:

  • Address: Duffey Lake Rd, Mount Currie, BC V0N 2K0
  • Opening Hours: Open 24 hours
  • Ticket prices: Free
  • Official website: bcparks.ca/parks/joffre-lakes/

Where to stay in Whistler

Pinnacle Hotel Whistler – Click on the photo and make your reservation

Those who pass through Whistler need to stay in the city for at least one night to enjoy both its natural attractions and its charming downtown. There are several accommodation options and we have separated some of the main ones for your itinerary:

  • Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel Whistler – Daily rates from C$ 203 – Note 9,2
  • Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre – Daily rates from C$ 263 – Note 9,0
  • Mountainside Lodge – Daily rates from C$ 99 – Note 8,9
  • Pinnacle Hotel Whistler – Daily rates from C$ 152 – Note 8,4

See all options for where to stay in Whistler.

Things to do in Western British Columbia – Vancouver Island

The largest island in the west of the American continent, Vancouver Island is home to the capital of the province of British Columbia, Victoria. Despite the name change, the city of Vancouver is not on Vancouver Island. Also, they often confuse this with Victoria Island, which is actually in the Arctic. So be careful not to confuse.

It is Vancouver Island that protects the calm bay that embraces the city of Vancouver, Squamish and other coastal cities in the province. The calm waters attract different types of marine life, making them an excellent habitat for orcas and migrating humpback whales, which can be seen there between March and October.

For enthusiasts of a coast with waves, cities like Tofino have exuberant natural beauty and a rough sea for surfers.

Victoria

Butchart Gardens – Photo: Virginia Falanghe

From Vancouver to Victoria it takes about 3h20 of travel. Half of it is a 1h35 ferry crossing from Tsawwassen Terminal to Swartz Bay in Victoria. The natural beauties of British Columbia are already present there, with chances even of spotting whales on the crossing.

One of the highlights of the British Columbia capital is its manicured gardens and green parks. Butchart Gardens is the most impressive of these, just 10 minutes from downtown. In summer, on Saturdays, the park also has a spectacular fireworks display and live music on a beautiful lawn. The tip is to bring drinks and snacks for a picnic.

Visiting Victoria is the easiest and fastest way to spot the region's orcas and humpback whales. There are several companies that offer the half-day tour. For the more adventurous, the best option is to go on a zodiac (small boat). For those who want more comfort, there are options for a larger boat.

Where to stay in Victoria

Fairmont Empress Hotel – Click on the photo and make your reservation

Accommodation in Victoria is perfect for those who want to combine the practicality of the modern city, with restaurants and shops close by, plus quick access to various attractions in the region. Here are some recommendations on where to stay:

  • James Bay Inn Hotel, Suites & Cottage – Daily rates from C$ 104 – Note 8,7
  • Helm’s Inn – Daily rates from C$ 135 – Note 8,5
  • Fairmont Empress Hotel – Daily rates from C$ 413 – Note 8,4
  • Swans Brewery, Pub & Hotel – Daily rates from C$ 185 – Note 8,2

See all options for where to stay in Victoria.

Tofino

The region of Tofino and Victoria is a natural habitat for orcas and humpback whales – Photo: Virgínia Falanghe

Tofino has an atmosphere for young people and couples looking for nature, adventure, beaches and camping in a small coastal town with preserved environment. It is the place with the most surfer air in the entire region, as they break good waves. In addition, it is possible to see whales there and still enjoy a beautiful sunset on one of the beaches of the city.

Where to stay in Tofino

Best Western Plus Tin Wis Resort – Click on the photo and make your reservation

The charming seaside city also has good places to stay, such as elegant hotels and resorts. Perfect environments to enjoy your rest with great comfort and beautiful landscapes.

  • Long Beach Lodge Resort – Daily rates from C$ 369 – Note 9,1
  • The Shoreline Tofino – Daily rates from C$ 227 – Note 8,9
  • Best Western Plus Tin Wis Resort – Daily rates from C$ 271 – Note 8,6
  • Middle Beach Lodge – Daily rates from C$ 165 – Note 8,6

See all options for where to stay in Tofino.

Things to do East in British Columbia – Rocky Mountains

The majesty of the mountains covered by ice and endless pine forests, the lakes of a crystalline turquoise blue that resembles the most heavenly sky are unique, singular and stunning landscapes. For these reasons, the Rocky Mountains should be on every nature-loving traveler's bucket list.

The Rocky Mountains run from northern British Columbia for 4.800 kilometers to New Mexico in the United States. The part that receives the most visitors in Canada is the one that makes up the national parks of Jasper, Banff and Yoho. In addition to the parks, it is essential to drive on one of the most scenic and beautiful roads in the world: the Icefield Parkway, which connects Banff and Jasper National Parks.

What do I need to know before going?

Even in summer, the weather in the Rocky Mountains is very cold, so bring a windbreaker. Columbia's are great, they protect the skin super well and offer incredible thermal comfort – in addition to being super durable.

Another good tip is to take snacks, garbage bags and hand sanitizer gel on all trails and lakes, as there are no restaurants in most parks and the toilets are small huts. In addition, few trails to the lakes have distance indications.

It is important to carry a whistle to scare off bears and never walk in small, silent groups. Make a lot of noise and ride more than 4 people on the trails.

When to go to the Rocky Mountains

The best time to visit the mountains is between the months of June and August, when the glaciers melt and the lakes turn a crystal blue color.

If you want to see the Aurora Borealis and find the frozen lakes, it is best to book the trip between the months of September and May.

How many days to stay in the Rocky Mountains

Ten days there allows for a smooth trip with space for longer and more scenic trails.

How to get to the Rocky Mountains

Road to Banff National Park

There are three ways to get from Vancouver to the Rocky Mountains: by car, train or plane.

By car

The first option requires facing about 9 hours of road, but with scenic landscapes and stops that are worth the roadtrip, such as the Othello Tunnels in Hope, or the Glacier National Park that gives previews of what the Rockys are.

Be aware of the movement of cars stopped on the side of the road in national parks. It is common to see bears, moose and other wildlife walking through the woods on the side of the road. Do not get out of the car when you see such an animal.

By train

The trip by train is one of the most famous tours in the world, the trip is long (about 16 hours) through the Rocky Mountaineer, but stunning. There are several routes connecting Vancouver to the national parks that are at the discretion of the traveler.

By airplane

There are only a few hours of flight between Vancouver and Calgary. Then you need to rent a car and drive for another two hours to the city of Banff. However, the scenic part with many natural wonders between Vancouver and the Rocky Mountains is unknown.

Banff National Park

Banff National Park – Photo: Brian Baldrati

Canada's first national park, established in 1885, began as a small reserve amid the country's transcontinental predecessor. Currently, it has gained space and attracts thousands of travelers who want to know the incredible landscapes, crystalline lakes and mountains of the region, in addition to the typical grizzly bears (grey bear) that usually appear on the roads.

Check out some of the park's main attractions below:

Banff Upper Hot Springs

One of Banff's traditions is a visit to the area's Hot Springs. The hot springs, which are pools created by natural hot springs, attract many visitors looking to relax after a day of hiking in the mountains.

Moraine lake

Moraine Lake, Banff National Park. Photo: Brian Baldrati

Considered a UNESCO Heritage Site, Moraine Lake, in Banff National Park, is only open to visitors from June to September. It is only in the summer that access by road is feasible and quiet. The parking lot is next to the lake and a lodge also borders the crystal clear waters of the place. Trails and canoe rentals are good options to enjoy the place even more.

Lake Louise

Lake Louise, Banff National Park – Photo: Brian Baldrati

Lake Louise is the most popular lake in Banff National Park. The parking lot is right next to the lake and access is very easy. The Fairmont Hotel impacts the natural view of the site. Even so, Lake Louise is quite beautiful.

In summer it is possible to rent canoes and in winter the lake is open for skating. Several trails are good options for all fitness levels. The hardest, Devil's Thumb, has the most rewarding view. However, to walk it comfortably and safely, don't forget to wear good hiking shoes, see?

Where to stay near Banff National Park

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise – Click on the photo and make your reservation

The main town next to Banff National Park bears the same name, Banff. The alpine climate takes care of the place, with typical Canadian mountain houses, local craft shops and well-known brands, in addition to several restaurants.

The city is busy in high season, which leads many travelers to look for good value accommodation in the nearby town of Canmore, 10 minutes away.

For travelers who don't mind being a little far from the commercial centers, Lake Louise is a good lodging option. The small village is closer to the main lakes in the park and the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise it is the only one that is based on the shores of the lake.

  • High Country Inn – Daily rates from C$ 144 – Note 8,6
  • Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise – Daily rates from C$ 339 – Note 8,6
  • Pocaterra Inn & Waterslide – Daily rates from C$ 129 – Note 8,5
  • Banff Ptarmigan Inn – Daily rates from C$ 149 – Note 8,1

See all options for where to stay near Banff National Park.

Bow Valley Parkway

Before taking the famous Icefield Parkway, a good preview is to drive along the Bow Valley Parkway, a scenic road that connects Banff to Lake Louise. The road with 48 km of striking landscapes is a great place to find wildlife, picnics and hikes.

The highway also passes at the foot of Castle Mountain, one of the most impressive mountains in the park.

Icefields Parkway

Icefields Parkway – Photo: Virginia Falanghe

One of the most beautiful roads in the world, the Icefields Parkway does not fail to meet any expectations. On the contrary, it is difficult to portray such beauty of the place, even in the most professional photos and videos. It is necessary to drive the 230 km that connect Lake Louise to Jasper.

A UNESCO heritage site, Highway 93 passes through remote glaciers, shocking mountain ranges, pristine lakes and lush valleys.

These are some of the most important attractions on the road towards Banff-Jasper that deserve your attention:

  • Bow Lake;
  • Peyto Lake;
  • Waterfowl Lake & River;
  • Glacier Lake;
  • Stop at all the viewpoints on the road, especially the one at the Bridal Veil waterfall;
  • Parker Ridge;
  • Columbia Icefields and the Athabasca Glacier;
  • Sunwapta Falls;
  • Athabasca Waterfall.

Peyto Lake

Peyto Lake – Photo: Brian Baldrati

The most impressive of all lakes, Peyto Lake boasts an indescribable turquoise blue and mountains that look like hand-drawn. Access to the lake is prohibited to visitors. That's why you need to see it from a lookout point at Bow Summit. The site is the highest on the Icefield Parkway.

The trail to this view requires a 15-minute hike uphill, but well signposted and paved. Moderate effort is worth every second. A good tip here is to always do these hikes with good hiking shoes.

Bow Lake

Icefields Parkway during one of the roadside stops – Brian Baldrati

As an oasis that forms in the middle of highway 99, the Icefield Parkway, Bow Lake surprises all visitors who pass by. The turquoise color of the waters with imposing mountains behind make this one of the most unusual lakes in the place. To admire it, it is only necessary to park the car at the viewpoints on the road that follows it.

Where to stay on Icefields Parkway

Tekarra Lodge – Click on the photo and make your reservation

The stops along the Icefield Parkway are endless. Therefore, a good option to enjoy such beauty is to spend a few nights in small inns, hostels or campsites along the way. The experience is a total immersion in nature, as there is no cell phone signal or internet along the entire road.

  • Jasper Downtown Hostel – Daily rates from C$ 99 – Note 8,7
  • Tekarra Lodge – Daily rates from C$ 305 – Note 8,3
  • Whistler’s Inn – Daily rates from C$ 111 – Note 8,2
  • Mount Robson Inn – Daily rates from C$ 159 – Note 8,1

See the best options for where to stay near Icefield Parkway.

Jasper National Park

The popular Jasper National Park is home to the best-known town north of the Rocky Mountains that bears its name. With a center similar to that of Banff, it has alpine-style restaurants, shops and hotels that add to the charm of the place. The tourist structure of the national park is in the center, but the natural wonders are located a few kilometers by road from the main city.

Some of them are on Icefields Parkway, like the Columbia Icefield and Athabasca Falls. Others are to the east of the city, such as Maligne Canyon and Lake and Medicine Lake. Kinney Lake is worth visiting on the way back (or on the first day) of your trip to Vancouver.

Columbia Icefield

Columbia Icefield - Photo: Virginia Falanghe

Upon arriving at Jasper National Park via Icefields Parkway, the first attraction is the Columbia Icefield. A parking lot similar in proportion to Disney parks appears on the road, next to a center that receives the hundreds of visitors who pass through the highway daily in high season.

There, it is possible to book guided tours to discover and step on the impressive Athabasca Glacier or to the SkyWalk, a glass structure suspended over a valley. Due to the cold weather, it is nice to go well equipped for this place, with warm coats that provide thermal comfort.

For visitors who don't have enough time for the tour, hiking to the Athabasca glacier is also a great option. In the next 100 years, the glacier will cease to exist because of global warming. It is possible to observe the immensity of the frozen river and discover the history of the glacier at the foot of the mountain.

Athabasca Falls

Athabasca Falls – Photo: Virginia Falanghe

Athabasca Falls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Rocky Mountains. You don't have to walk far to admire the immense beauty of the place.

The waterfall features crystal clear emerald water with a backdrop of the mountains. Worth the stop and explore the attraction's marked paths.

Maligne Lake

One of Jasper's postcards, Maligne Lake is one of the main points of the region, 20 km away to the southeast of the city. In addition to the impressive view, with the crystal clear waters and ice-covered mountains in the background, there are cruises that take a tour of the lake and take you to Spirit Island, a small islet with pine trees that seems to float in place.

Kinney Lake

Kinney Lake – Photo: Brian Baldrati

Although not very well known, Kinney Lake is one of the best kept secrets of the Rocky Mountains, more precisely in the region of Mount Robson. To get to know it, it is necessary to face a 1h30 trail just one way, along the river. It takes a full day to explore the lake, as it is a 1-hour drive from Jasper.

Where to stay near Jasper National Park

Pyramid Lake Resort – Click on the photo and make your reservation

The city of Jasper has great accommodation locations, perfect for enjoying the mountain climate and the beauties of the region. There are resorts, hotels and chalets that are ideal for couples or families. Check out our recommendations below:

  • Pyramid Lake Resort – Daily rates from C$ 193 – Note 8,4
  • Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge – Daily rates from C$ 429 – Note 8,3
  • Jasper Inn & Suites – Daily rates from C$ 121 – Note 8,0
  • Chateau Jasper – Daily rates from C$ 129 – Note 8,0

See the best options for where to stay near Jasper National Park.

Yoho National Park

With more than 400 kilometers of trails, Yoho National Park is a paradise for lovers of trekking and a backpack (Columbia backpacks are great for this).

In addition to the incredible views, lakes, rivers and a small town give the park a special touch.

Emerald Lake

Emerald Lake – Virginia Falanghe

It's not for nothing that Emerald Lake was named after this, as the color of the water is a stunning, crystalline emerald green.

A variety of geological features can be seen from the lake, including the famous Burgess Shale fossils, which have been preserved for centuries atop the high mountains that encircle the lake. They are there even before the age of dinosaurs. The Michael Glacier also catches the eye, along with a meadow-covered slope.

Natural Bridge

A few minutes away from Emerald Lake is a canyon called the Natural Bridge. It is a rock formation naturally excavated by the junction of two rivers that created a canyon in rocks that flow into the Amiswi River. It is worth the quick stop to hear the force of the waters of the place.

Where to stay near Yoho National Park

Cathedral Mountain Lodge – Click on the photo and make your reservation

The only lodging option is the village of Field. The tiny town, with a maximum of 20 houses (mostly guest houses), is set in a valley with a picturesque and graceful atmosphere. If you don't stay there, it's worth stopping by the city to meet and have lunch at Truffle Pigs Bistro & Lodge.

  • Canadian Rockies Inn – Daily rates from C$ 140 – Note 9,3
  • Cathedral Mountain Lodge – Daily rates from C$ 395 – Note 8,9
  • Emerald Lake Lodge – Daily rates from C$ 169 – Note 8,1
  • HI Lake Louise Alpine Centre – Daily rates from C$ 118 – Note 8,1

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