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Lake O'Hara in the mountains of Yoho National Park.

(Carrie Cole photo)

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The Canadian Rockies

Play amongst snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies that rise above lush alpine meadows, ancient forests and emerald lakes. This rugged wilderness thrives in six national parks, including Yoho, Kootenay and Glacier, that offer abundant wildlife viewing, hiking, biking and camping opportunities. At the end of the day, soak in a natural hot spring outside the mountain towns of Revelstoke or Fernie and reminisce about the beauty surrounding you.

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Yoho National Park

Glacial lakes, snow-capped peaks, and more than 400 km (249 mi) of trails make Yoho National Park a paradise for hikers. Highlights include turquoise-green Emerald Lake, Takakkaw Falls (one of Canada’s highest waterfalls) and the Burgess Shale, an ancient fossil bed and World Heritage Site.
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The Burgess Shale

Hold history in your hands at Yoho National Park. The Burgess Shale, part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the world’s best-known fossil beds. To see it, learn about the Cambrian sea creatures fossilized here, and even hold some of the half-billion-year-old treasures, join Parks Canada on a guided hike through Yoho National Park to the fossil beds. The day-long hikes are scenic and challenging, but not recommended for younger kids. For those under 14, join a KIBS (Kids in Burgess Shale) hike, guided by a student and accompanied by an adult co-guide.
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Kootenay National Park

In Kootenay National Park, a gentle hike along a self-guided interpretive trail leads to the Paint Pots, where iron-rich springs have turned the earth a brilliant orange. Another major draw is Radium Hot Springs, located at the south end of the park. This natural mineral hot springs pool is thought to cure what ails you. Looking for a more rugged experience? Trek the classic, multi-day Rockwall Trail.

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Radium Hot Springs

One of the top soaking spots in BC is Radium Hot Springs in Kootenay National Park. Two open-air mineral pools, including Canada's largest hot springs-fed pool, lie near the sheer walls of Sinclair Canyon, where Bighorn sheep are frequently seen. In winter, skiers and boarders can soothe sore muscles in the warmest pool (37-40°C/99-104°F).
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Rockwall Trail

In Kootenay National Park, trek across wildflower meadows, past hanging glaciers and beneath jagged peaks on the classic three-to-five day Rockwall Trail. Highlights on this advanced-rated, 55-km (34-mi) route include the shimmering waters of Floe Lake, the bright ochre beds known as Paint Pots, and the trail’s namesake, a massive limestone cliff.
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Mount Robson Provincial Park

Trek in the beauty of Mount Robson Provincial Park, home to the tallest peak in the Canadian Rockies and the headwaters of the Fraser River. Explore the park’s expansive network of hiking trails, go fishing in pristine lakes, or watch for shooting stars at a backcountry campground. Follow the Berg Lake Trail for an epic backcountry hiking adventure. This 46-km/28-mi round trip, multi-day trek showcases some of the province’s most stunning scenery en route to the spectacular sight of glacier-fed Berg Lake.
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Fernie

The historic mining town of Fernie, with its Victorian brick heritage buildings and mountain... Read more backdrop, has become a major outdoors destination without losing its small town vibe. In summer, visit Fernie for hiking, biking, and especially rafting. On a hot summer day, nothing beats shooting the class IV rapids through the Elk River Canyon. In cooler weather, bike up to 659m/2,162ft of vertical at Fernie Alpine Resort. If you’re staying overnight, enjoy a mountain-view condo near the lifts at the Lizard Creek Lodge and take advantage of the spa and heated outdoor pool.

Island Lake Lodge Hiking

Walking and hiking in our pristine wilderness and old growth forest relaxes and renews the spirit and provides excitement for the body and mind. Explore the wonders of Island Lake with a Discovery Walk, Adventure Hike or privately guided trip.
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Mount Hosmer Trail

A popular wilderness hike just north of Fernie, the Mount Hosmer trail offers fabulous mountain and valley views in return for a moderately challenging uphill trek to the peak of Mount Hosmer.

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Revelstoke

Surrounded by towering mountains, Revelstoke is a picturesque town that offers an abundance of... Read more outdoor opportunities. Hiking and biking trails begin in old-growth forests and climb up into alpine meadows surrounding the city. And there are plenty of places to enjoy rafting, kayaking and rock climbing. The town itself is home to charming heritage buildings, museums, shops and a plaza that features free concerts every night in the summer.

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Places to Stay

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Island Lake Lodge

Island Lake Lodge is a secluded mountain resort with four lodges situated on 2,800 ha (7,000 ac) of pristine wilderness. Enjoy hiking trails for all abilities, from one hour walks through old growth forests to full day guided hikes to mountain sum...
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Red Tree Lodge

Let us go out of our way to make sure you have the time of your life in Fernie, no matter the reason for the visit. With a central location, large guest rooms, free WiFi, an indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, free use of our guest kitchen, guest laundry...
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Emerald Lake Lodge

Emerald Lake Lodge is surrounded by natural beauty. As the only property on secluded Emerald Lake, it is the perfect place to escape and relax. Originally built in 1902 by the Canadian Pacific Railway, this historic property includes 85 units situ...
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Fairmont Hot Springs Resort

Welcome to Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, Canada's family-friendly vacation destination tucked away in the slopes of the magnificent BC Rocky Mountains. Our resort is open year-round, offering unlimited access to the legendary, all natural hot sprin...
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