|The Three Sisters. Photo by Eric Lamoureux/Flickr.com|
The Canadian Rockies are essentially one big national park. Strike that – four big national parks in Banff, Jasper, Kootenay, and Yoho – plus smaller ones in Waterton Lakes, Glacier, and Mount Revelstoke, not to mention myriad provincial parks on both sides of the Continental Divide in British Columbia and Alberta. This huge swath of undisturbed wilderness is a haven for wildlife, and the area is well known for its grizzly bears and herds of bighorn sheep. World-class ski resorts operate in the parks in winter, and hiking trails and other warm-weather diversions are popular pursuits among the more common summertime visitors. This is where the great outdoors are at their greatest, and there's another jaw-dropping vista around every bend in the road.