Millions of years ago, dinosaurs roamed eastern Alberta, in an area known as Canada’s Badlands near Drumheller, where grasslands give way to valleys. Along the 29-mile drive is the Horseshoe Valley, a U-shaped valley carved by glaciers that shows worn layers of sandstone, mud, coal and soil. To the north on Highway 838 is the Horstiff Valley, where illegal immigrants used to hide as gypsies between rocky walls, and the view from the valley is spectacular. To the south of Drumheller is Highway 10, the Hoodoo Trail, where you can see up close where erosion of sandstone and limestone has created impressive chimneys of rock formations. At the end of the dinosaur route is the National Historic Site of the Atlas Coal Mine, Canada’s most efficient coal mine, and the last standing wooden staircase.
Just a few blocks from downtown Calgary is Calgary Castle, which has a long and rich story to tell. The castle building was the birthplace of a new city in 1875. The museum displays antiquities that begin the story of the cities in which they are today.
The Rocky Mountains of Canada has four national parks, one of which is endlessly beautiful. Jasper and Banff are on the west side of Alberta, while Cotney and Yoho are on the east side of British Columbia.
Right in the heart of Banff and Jasper National Parks, the backbone of Canadian Rocky, The Icefield Parkway, is rich in history and natural beauty. The park connects Lake Louise and Jasper Alberta and is 232 km (143 mi) long along the continental shelf through soaring peaks of rocky mountains, ice fields, waterfalls, and turquoise lakes. And vast wide valleys of thick pine forests. The park area is not only full of fascinating scenery, but also an ideal habitat for wildlife abundance that makes one to watch in every corner.
Taking the time to stop for some short hikes is sure to come as a surprise, such as the 100-meter hike to Sunwapta Falls or Athabasca Falls, where there are several bridges to see the falls. A 15-minute walk through a dense jungle to the highest point in the park at an altitude of 6965 feet, where you can see the beautiful Pito Lake at the bottom of the valley with mountain peaks and glacier in the background. Or a quarter of a mile to walk there. The Mestaya Valley, where the river has eroded limestone and created a narrow strait. Places like Icefield Columbia. The 62-mile climb from the ramp puts one right at the foot of the Athabasca Glacier. Undoubtedly, the experience of traveling on the Icefield Parkway is one of Canada’s national treasures and most valuable destinations.
Formerly the Canadian Pacific Railroad Station, today is the village of Lake Louise, now part of Banff National Park, with its rich heritage and exciting turquoise lake with Mount Victoria as its backdrop. With six glaciers feeding the lake better than 230 feet, it has created a delicate ecosystem. To enjoy the views of the lake, you should take a walk along the lake. At the end of the lake, the path continues to the mountain to see a great view of the water falling from the melting glacier and the surrounding forest.
Banff Village, located in Banff National Park, is part of the World Heritage Site. Banff is a small resort town nestled among the Rocky Mountains, where the peaks of Rundle and Mt. Cascade are combined with the horizon line. Chateau-style hotels are mixed with restaurants, souvenir shops and boutiques throughout the village. Around the outskirts of the village there are several spectacular movements through the park that lead to sparkling turquoise lakes where the abundance of wildlife is called home.
Cotney National Park in East British Columbia offers a range of spectacular wonders, from glaciers, mountain peaks, marble valleys to hot natural mineral pools. With Kwayenay Parkway just 94 km (58 miles) right from the center of the park, many attractions are just a short walk from the highway. An hour of driving will allow you to discover a new surprise in every corner.
On the western slopes of the Rocky Mountains of Canada is Yoho National Park, a park with dizzying mountain peaks, vertical rock walls and one of Canada’s tallest waterfalls that is sure to impress everyone. A 10-minute walk through the woods leads to the base of the waterfalls, while you can feel the cool fog 50 meters outside. This park offers a unique view of the natural wonders of Canada. Right on the Trans-Canadian Highway, the Kicking Horse Pass is the highest point on the highway where you can gaze at the spectacular mountain corridor.