Canadian Rockies #6 – Mount Robson and Kootenay

Mount Robson

Before wrapping up our journey in the Canadian Rockies, we decided to have a slight detour to Mount Robson Provincial Park from Jasper, before heading back to Banff Townsite.

Mount Robson Provincial Park – home to Canadian’s highest mountain at a high of 3,954m.

The park can be reached by heading west along Yellowhead Highway, for a distance of 86.9km | 1 h 1 min. The best place to see the mountain is at Mount Robson British Columbia Visitor Centre, which houses a small gift shop, cafe and restroom.

The Visitor Centre offers a wide range of travel information including trails available in the park. Berg Lake Trail is one of the most popular hiking trail in Mount Robson and reservation is available for booking online.

Mount Robson from Visitor Centre
Mount Robson from Visitor Centre
Autumn Leaves spotted along Yellowhead Highway
Autumn Leaves spotted along Yellowhead Highway

Due to time constraint, we decided to give the trail a miss as it will take at least 2 -3 days to complete. Instead, we snap a couple of photo and headed back eastward to Icefields Parkway.

Moose spotted along Icefields Parkway
Moose spotted along Icefields Parkway

Along Icefields Parkway, there are other attractions, such as Tangle Falls; Bridal Veil Falls, Mistaya Canyon, which you can consider to have a quick stopover. We skipped most of these but was particularly interested and determined to find the Weeping Walls and Kerkeslin Goat Lick.

We managed to find the Weeping Walls, located 126 km from Jasper. The walls are located at Cirrus Mountain with multiple waterfalls cascading down from the mountain, which resemble teardrop. There is a small signboard and viewpoint on the right side of the road (heading towards Banff’s direction), which you can park your vehicle for photo-taking.

Weeping Wall from Viewpoint
Weeping Wall from Viewpoint

Unfortunately, we didn’t manage to find the actual location of Kerkeslin Goat Lick and missed the chance to see the Mountain Goats licking the salt mineral deposits on this area.

Marble Canyon – located in Kootenay National Park, Marble Canyon is 274 km | 3 h 35 min from the intersection of Icefields Parkway and Yellowhead Highway and 43.2 km | 31 min from Lake Louise.

It is one of the shortest and easier hike in Kootenay. Although the trail is less than 2 km, the scenery is remarkable.

Upon entering the trail from the parking lot, we were welcomed by the gushing sound of blue glacial meltwater and a series of the dry forest before arriving at the canyon.

The walls of the canyon are considered one of the most colourful in the Canadian Rockies, with a combination of white, grey and green. The trail winds along the canyon crossing a number of bridges and eventually ends with a powerful waterfall.

Crystal Clear Water at Marble Canyon
Crystal Clear Water at Marble Canyon
Marble Canyon
Marble Canyon
Bush Fires in Kootenay National Park
Bush Fires in Kootenay National Park

During our last stretch from Marble Canyon to Banff Townsite (35 min | 48.4 km), we stopped by at the final viewpoint (just outside the town), which offers a magnificent view of Mount Rundle and Vermillion Lakes.

Mount Rundle and Vermillion Lakes from Viewpoint
Mount Rundle and Vermillion Lakes from Viewpoint

There are so many things to do in Canadian Rockies and we managed to explore only a small fraction of the park. The sceneries are definitely not something that I can enjoy in my hometown everyday. I will definitely be back again to visit other parks near the British Columbia province.

Till we meet again, Canadian Rockies!

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