Geotraveller 39 – Geology of the Canadian Rocky Mountain National Parks

The Banff and Yoho National Parks cross the continental divide of the Rocky Mountains, being located in the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia, respectively.

The parks are well known for the spectacular mountain scenery. Highlights include the glacial lakes of the Lake Louise region (Banff) and the marine fossils of the Burgess Shales (Yoho). An overview of the regional geology with descriptions of the Jasper National Park was presented in the previous Geotraveller. This included simplified maps, but for ease of reference the stratigraphic column is reproduced here.