Canadian Rockies - 4th Edition
Welcome to this special edition of the Backroad Mapbook Series. This book focuses on the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks — an interconnected system of provincial and national parks covering more than 30,000 square kilometres (18,630 square miles) of one of Canada’s most beautiful territories. These parks vary in popularity and access yet they all have the standard towering mountain peaks, rushing rivers, ancient glaciers, wildflower-filled meadows, brilliant blue lakes and dense forests make up this outdoor paradise. With so much area to explore, it can be overwhelming trying to decide on where to go. Luckily, our Canadian Rockies Mapbook provides a well-organized and easy-to-use breakdown of the region’s parks to help you decide on the adventure that is right for you. With state-of-the-art topographic maps, detailed trip-planning resources and meticulously researched adventure listings, our 4th Edition Mapbook will ensure you make the most out of your Rockies experience.
This updated edition covers in detail Banff, Jasper, Kootenay and Yoho National Parks as well as the major provincial parks flanking these gems. Each park features a park overview or detailed recreation map (depending on the size of the park), along with detailed trail or city maps for popular areas within most parks. Map updates include regular road and trail updates, refinement of camping locations to include campsite number, history of the parks, additional Points of Interest and Trailhead locations were added, while fish species were added to the lakes and maps.
The printed version of the mapbook comes in the convenient 21.5 x 28 cm (8.5 x 11 inch) mapbook format with a heavy-duty spiral-bound cover. The 216 page book includes 71 maps of various scale, along with comprehensive coverage of eleven National and Provincial Parks. Each park offers invaluable insight into the park outdoor activities, places to stay and Things to See and Do. The book also features Tips & Techniques for the main activities, a Map and Adventure Index, Trip Planning tools and more. No other source combines this level of detail into one source, making it the perfect planning tool and companion to any trip through the Rocky Mountain parks.
- Map Key & Legend
- Tips & Techniques / Adventure Featured
- Rock Climbing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Winter Activities
- Topographic Maps
- 45 @ 1:250,000 Scale Maps
- 26 Overview and Detailed Park & Topographic Maps of various scales
- Banff National Park – 1:750,000 park overview map 3 detailed topographic maps ranging from 1:50,000 to 1:110,000 for Banff townsite, Canmore to Minnewanka Lake & Lake Louise area
- Elk Lakes Provincial Park – 1:90,000 detailed topographic park map Height of the Rockies Provincial Park - 1:200,000 park map plus a 1:80,000 scale Connor Lakes area topographic map
- Jasper National Park – 1:900,000 park overview map 2 detailed topographic maps ranging from 1:50,000 to 1:80,000 for Jasper townsite & Maligne Lake area
- Kakwa Inter-Provincial – 1:270,000 topographic park map
- Kootenay National Park – 1:300,000 park overview map 2 detailed topographic maps ranging from 1:15,000 to 1:50,000 for Radium Hot Springs and
- Marble Canyon areas
- Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park – 1:130,000 detailed park map plus a 1:50,000 scale Lake Magog area topographic map
- Mount Robson Provincial Park – 1:380,000 topographic park map ), Berg Lake Trail (1:50,000), Yellowhead Lake (1:30,000), Robson River and Meadows Campgrounds (1:17,000)
- Peter Lougheed Provincial Park – 1:170,000 park map plus a 1:60:000 scale Kananaskis Lakes area topographic map
- Willmore Provincial Park – 1:600,000 park map
- Yoho National Park 1:220,000 park map 3 detailed topographic maps ranging from 1:40,000 to 1:100,000 for Field-Emerald Lake-Yoho Valley and Lake O’Hara areas
- Parks Featured
- Banff National Park
- Elk Lakes Provincial Park
- Jasper National Park
- Kakwa Wildland Provincial Park
- Kootenay National Park
- Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park
- Mount Robson Provincial Park
- Peter Lougheed Provincial Park
- Willmore Wilderness Provincial Park
- Yoho National Park
- Great Divide Trail
- Adventure Index
- Map Index
- Trip Planning Tools
In your durable, heavy-duty, spiral-bound 21.5 cm x 28 cm (8.5" x 11") Canadian Rockies map book you will find 45 detailed topographic maps spanning the region, complete with labeled recreation sites, amenities, highways, backcountry roads, trails and other points-of-interest. In this edition we have included six new maps covering the foothills south of Calgary and extending northwest to include Kakwa Interprovincial Park.
Unique to this Mapbook, we have also included Overview Point of Interest Maps as well as Detailed Topographic Maps at various scales for all of the National and Provincial Parks. These user-friendly maps boast a level of cartographic sophistication unparalleled even by government resources – making them the maps of choice for search-and-rescue.Index
Newly divided into Map and Adventure sections, our handy index makes this Mapbook a leading publication in terms functionality and quality. You’ll find page numbers and map coordinates for each activity and location, plus important numbers, distance charts and an advertiser list for easy referencing.Tips & Techniques
New to this edition, an expansive Tips & Techniques section covers most activities popular in the Rockies parks. For camping, fishing, hunting, paddling, rock climbing, trails, wildlife viewing and winter activities in the National and Provincial Parks of the Rockies, this is where you will find everything you need to know about the backcountry.
Banff National Park
Covering in detail the National Park gems of Banff, Jasper, Kootenay and Yoho along with the major flanking provincial parks, this edition includes large and small scale topographic maps, park overview or detailed recreation map for each park, along with detailed trail or city maps for popular areas within most parks, making it easy to find the Canadian wilderness hotspot you are looking for. Park descriptions include Things to Know, Things to See & Do, contact information, places to camp or stay, day-use areas, and countless recreational activities for things like fishing, trails, paddling, wildlife viewing and winter sports. From some of the top tourist destinations in the world to beautiful, secluded wilderness areas, this Mapbook has it all.
This is one of Canada’s top tourist destinations and it is easy to see why. Spectacular vistas, abundant wildlife, hot springs, historic sites like the Banff Springs Hotel and numerous trails and day-use areas are some of the reasons why Banff receives over four million visitors each year. While the park’s popularity can make for packed trails, the further into the backcountry you get, the sparser the crowds become. Whether it is a walk around the townsite, hike to the top of the gondola, visiting Bow Falls or the Glacier Skywalk, or a multi-day backcountry trip up to the Healy or Harvey Pass, Banff National Park is definitely a bucket list destination. With a bit of patience, it is not hard to escape into a serene and secluded wilderness area while hiking Banff National Park – our Canadian Rockies Mapbook is the perfect guide to get you away from it all!Elk Lakes Provincial Park
Located in the southwest corner of the area covered in this book, Elk Lakes Provincial Park is famous for its spectacular outdoor recreation opportunities. Trails connect a series of immaculate mountain lakes that are fed by massive glaciers, creating a vibrant valley of forest and wetlands lined on every side by steeply rising mountains. Hiking and camping around the Elk Lakes is one of the main attractions to the park and there are many hidden gems to explore. Our Mapbook contains all the details needed to get you to the core areas or deep into the backcountry.Height of the Rockies Provincial Park
With 26 peaks over 3,000 metres (9,840 feet) in height, this aptly named park offers plenty of challenges for hikers and rock climbers. Deer, elk, moose, bear and other wildlife can be found here in abundance, and the area even boasts the highest density of mountain goats in the world. Accessible only by foot or horseback, this park is as remote as it is beautiful. For detailed information on hiking, fishing and wildlife viewing in Height of the Rockies Provincial Park, there is no better source than our Canadian Rockies Mapbook.Jasper National Park
This is the largest of the Canadian Rockies Parks, at 11,000 km² (4,247 square miles). Jasper has no shortage of towering peaks, colourful alpine meadows, rushing rivers and mesmerizing mountain lakes for which the Canadian Rockies wilderness is famous. From the historic townsite of Jasper to wandering the picturesque meadow trail to the base of Mount Edith Cavell, hiking Maligne Canyon, rafting the Athabasca River, practicing the sound of music at the top of Whistler’s Mountain or trekking the Skyline Trail, Jasper National Park is a must-see outdoor enthusiasts destination. Mountaineering and ice climbing in Jasper National Park is second to none, including Alberta’s tallest mountain, Mount Columbia, and our Canadian Rockies Mapbook will smoothly guide you to the climbing hotspots on Mount Athabasca, Mount Kitchener and others.Kakwa Inter-Provincial Park (Alberta & British Columbia)
Making up the northernmost section of the area covered in this book, this park receives relatively few visitors, especially compared to places like Banff and Jasper. Remote and rugged trails combined with breathtaking scenery of tree-carpeted valleys and towering mountain ridges capture the true beauty of the Canadian Rockies. And there is a pretty good chance you will have the views all to yourself. Our Canadian Rockies Backroad Mapbook contains detailed maps and charts of hiking trails and campsites in Kakwa Inter-Provincial Park, allowing you to make the most out of your Kakwa experience!Kootenay National Park
Famous for the Radium Hot Springs and for wildlife sightings along Kootenay Parkway or Highway 93, this park also offers all of the rugged scenery and adventure that you would expect from the Canadian Rockies. Over 200 km (125 miles) of trails, including the famous Rockwall Trail, run through the park to help you get up close and explore the valleys and high alpine tundra of Kootenay National Park. Let our Canadian Rockies Mapbook guide you to the best places to camp, hike, fish, whitewater kayak or view wildlife in Kootenay National Park!Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park
This stunning area has no road access – hiking or flying into the park provides countless options for further hikes, with some of the most spectacular terrain found in the Canadian Rockies. Cabins and lodges can be found in the park, making this a perfect place for a multi-day adventure. From the Nub and Niblet Peaks overlooking Sunburst Valley to Wonder Pass and the marvels of Banff below, there is incredible day hiking from the core area. Showcasing all the top attractions, trails and fishing hot spots, our Lake Magog topographic map helps make this mapbook the only guide you need for hiking in Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park.Mount Robson Provincial Park
Home to the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Mount Robson Provincial Park boasts some of the most remarkable scenery of any area covered in this book. The park’s massive peaks can be easily viewed from Highway 16, but a well-developed trail network takes you into the heart of the park for a more intimate experience. We offer a detailed topographic map for the historic Berg Lake Trail and area, along with maps highlighting the main campground areas. Whether it is exploring the headwaters of the famous Fraser River, or looking for the abundant wildlife, be sure to pick up a copy of our Canadian Rockies Backroad Mapbook for some tips on where to camp, hike, paddle, fish or view wildlife.Peter Lougheed Provincial Park
This park encompasses vast areas of sub-alpine and alpine terrain, including the Highwood Pass, the highest altitude drivable pass in Canada, and the ever-popular High Rockies Trail. This park receives relatively fewer visitors than Banff, however it is gaining in popularity as its phenomenal scenery and ample opportunities for outdoor recreation such as hiking, mountain biking, fishing, camping and paddling do not disappoint. In the winter, snowshoeing around the Kananaskis Lakes in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park is a popular activity – our Canadian Rockies Mapbook provides information on where to find the best snowshoeing trails in the park.Willmore Wilderness Provincial Park
This is one of the most remote sections of the Canadian Rockies, with no road access leading to this 4,600 km² (1,776 square mile) park. For those looking for a rugged, secluded adventure, this is the place to go. The dramatic landscape of soaring peaks, high alpine passes and notable attractions like the Sulphur Gates and views of the Rock Lake area, combined with backcountry campsites, historical huts and rushing rivers like Berland River help make this park a particular favourite for outdoor recreation such as horseback riding, backcountry skiing and hiking. Hunting in Wilmore Wilderness Provincial is popular, also, and there is no better hunting buddy to take with you to Wilmore Wilderness than our Canadian Rockies Mapbook!Yoho National Park
This is one of the smallest parks in the Rockies, but with 28 peaks over 3,000 metres (9,840 feet) and some of the Rockies’ most spectacular waterfalls, it more than makes up for its size and is truly a gem for those fortunate enough to visit. The Trans-Canada Highway runs right through the centre of the park, but getting out of the car and exploring is the best way to get the most out of this spectacular wilderness area. Lake O’Hara is a definite bucket list destination with overnight opportunities available via an annual lottery or reservations at the private lodge. The day hiking here is surprisingly accessible for all members of your family. Anglers will be happy to know that the fishing in Yoho National Park is outstanding, while campers, hikers, paddlers and mountaineers will find countless places to explore in this Canadian Rockies guidebook.
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