The Rocky Mountains of western North America stretch more than 3,000 miles (4,828km) from Mexico, through the United States and into Canada and Alaska. Dividing the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Alberta, the peaks of the Canadian Rockies tower over the plains, rising to an astonishing 11,975ft (3,650m).
The alpine towns sprinkled along the Rockies in the southwest of Alberta serve as unspoilt mountain playgrounds, where each season has its own unique beauty and selection of activities. National parks abound in this area, offering ample opportunities for a slew of mountain adventures.
The Rocky Mountains' main national parks in Alberta are Banff National Park, Waterton Lakes National Park and Jasper National Park. The Willmore Wilderness Park, just north of Jasper National Park, is also a glorious wilderness area. These beautiful, protected areas are home to some rare and endangered animals, such as woodland caribou, grizzly bears, wolverines and great grey owls.
The towns in the area, such as Banff and Jasper, also offer a vast number of tourist attractions to entertain and entrance visitors year round, with outdoor activities of all kinds designed to complement the natural attractions.