Geotraveller 38 – Canadian Rocky Mountains

Geology of the Canadian Rocky Mountain National Parks: Fold Mountains and Glacial Landforms.

The landforms and spectacular scenery of the Canadian Rocky Mountains have been internationally known since building of the railways that crossed the continental divide. In 1886, the general manager of Canadian Pacific Rail was quoted as saying “if we can’t export the scenery, we’ll import the tourists”. The Banff, Jasper and Yoho National Parks now attract millions of tourists annually. Banff and Jasper are located east of the divide in the province of Alberta and Yoho is situated on the western slopes of the Rockies in British Columbia. The parks include snow-capped peaks, summit icefields, slope glaciers, fast-flowing rivers, waterfalls, and mountain lakes. The two highest peaks are Mount Robson (3,954 m) and Mount Columbia (3,747 m).