Moon Canadian Rockies: Including Banff & Jasper National Parks (Moon Handbooks)

Moon Canadian Rockies: Including Banff & Jasper National Parks (Moon Handbooks)

Language: English

Pages: 400

ISBN: 1631213466

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Join professional travel writer Andrew Hempstead for an unforgettable experience. With his unique perspective and advice you can trust, Moon Canadian Rockies has everything you need to know to have a more personal and memorable experience.

With their snowy peaks, icy glaciers, glittering lakes, and alpine meadows, Moon Canadian Rockies shows you what you need to know to plan the perfect trip for you. Whether it’s driving an Ice Explorer over a glacier, or riding a mountain gondola through clear blue skies, sleeping out under the stars or lodging in beautiful mountain cabins, Moon Canadian Rockies has something for the whole family. Along with trip ideas like “Winter Adventures” and tips the best places to see moose, black bears, and bighorn sheep in parks like Banff or Jasper National Park, Hempstead’s advice will help you capture the essence of the Canadian Rockies.

With expertly crafted maps and gorgeous photos, this full-color guidebook gives you the tools you need to have an immersive and unique experience.

Moon Canadian Rockies includes areas such as:
Banff National Park
Kananaskis Country
Kootenay National Park
Yoho National Park
Jasper National Park
Waterton Lakes National Park

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Birds Although more than 240 species of birds have been recorded in the park, most are shy and live in heavily wooded areas. One species that definitely isn’t shy is the fearless gray jay, which haunts all campgrounds and picnic areas. Similar in color, but larger, is the Clark’s nutcracker, which lives in higher, subalpine forests. Another common bird is the black-and-white magpie. Ravens are frequently encountered, especially around campgrounds. Several species of woodpecker live in subalpine forests.

5 miles) of the trail are along a gravel access road leading to Temple Lodge, part of the Lake Louise winter resort. From here, the trail climbs to Boulder Pass, passing a campground and Halfway Hut, above Corral Creek. The pass harbors a large population of pikas and hoary marmots. The trail then follows the north shore of Ptarmigan Lake before climbing again to Deception Pass, named for its false summit. It then descends into Skoki Valley, passing the Skoki Lakes and eventually reaching Skoki Lodge.

Species present in the park’s lakes and rivers include Dolly Varden and rainbow, lake, and cutthroat trout. A national park fishing permit costs $10 daily or $35 annually. Emerald Lake Canoe Rentals (250/343-6000, 9am-8pm daily June-Sept. ), in a small boat shed on the shore of Emerald Lake, rents canoes and small boats for $30 per hour, $45 for two hours, or $80 all day. Fishing in Emerald Lake isn’t world-class, but there are some trout in the waters, and Emerald Lake Canoe Rentals offers a range of fishing tackle for rent or sale.

They’re linked by bicycle and hiking trails. Firewood is available at each campground for $8 per bundle. These campgrounds are operated by Kananaskis Camping Inc. (403/591-7226, www. kananaskiscountrycampgrounds. com), whose website is a wealth of information and includes vacancy reports, updated at 10am daily through summer. The following campgrounds are listed from north to south along Kananaskis Lakes Road, from Highway 40 to the end of the road. Canyon Campground (mid-June-early Sept. , $20 per site) comprises two distinct types of camping at the northern end of Lower Kananaskis Lake, just over four kilometers (2.

Each of the eight cabins has a small kitchen, bathroom, stone fireplace, deck, TV, and wireless Internet. Over $100 In the middle of the motel strip is the Alpen Motel (Hwy. 93, 250/347-9823 or 888/788-3891, www. alpenmotel. com, $119-139 s or d), which arguably has the best and brightest flowers out front. The air-conditioned rooms are the best along the strip, which is reflected in the price (but hot springs passes are included). Three kilometers (1. 9 miles) south of town, Radium Resort (250/347-9311 or 800/667-6444, www.

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