Round the world: Canadian rockies

Ever wanted to visit one of the beautiful lakes in Canada, try snowboarding in the Rocky Mountains or walk on a Glacier? One of our travel bloggers packed up her bags and spent two weeks backpacking around the West of Canada. Check out her top tips so you can start planning your own Canadian adventure.

Ticked off the bucket list

  • Vancouver

  • Banff

  • Jasper

  • Whistler

Top songs on the playlist

  • Can’t stop the feeling – Justin Timberlake

  • Want you back – Haim

  • This is how we do it – Montell Jordan

  • Starships – Nicki Minaj

What to do


  • Bike around Stanley Park
  • Visit the steaming clock in Gastown
  • Visit Grizzly bears up Grouse Mountain
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge
  • Granville Island markets


  • Visit the Icefields Parkway
  • Take a snowcoach up Athabasca Glacier
  • Visit the lakes – Bow, Louise and Moraine
  • Kayak on Two Jack Lake
  • Hike up Sulphur Mountain

Vancouver – Stanley Park walkway

bow lake

Icefields parkway – Bow lake


  • Hike around Jasper National Park
  • Athabasca Falls
  • Glacier skywalk
  • Take the sightseeing Skytram
  • Kayak on Maligne Lake


  • Shopping in Whistler village
  • Bar crawl
  • Peak-to-peak Gondola
  • ATV or RZR driving through mountains
  • Zip-lining

Travel hacks

  • You will need a visa to get in to Canada if travelling on a New Zealand passport. Ask your travel agent for more information
  • Best time to travel: May – October
  • Tipping is customary in Canada. Be sure to carry some small change with you for taxis and restaurants
    • Restaurant waitstaff 15% to 20%
    • Bar staff $1 per drink
    • Taxis 10% to 15%
  • Tax is not included in the retail price of some products so be prepared to spend a little bit extra on items (anywhere from a few cents to a few dollars)
  • Order poutine (fries, gravy and cheese) – trust us!
  • Hunt down a restaurant called The Warehouse – the whole menu is $5 so if you are strapped for cash after all your activities, it is a great place to eat
  • Have fun. Canada is full of lovely people who are willing to lend a hand if you get lost or need recommendations on where to eat, drink and sight-see
mount Robson

Rocky mountains – Mount Robson

emerald lake

Yoho national park – Emerald lake

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One Comment

  1. Kym Moore October 13, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    Wow, never even heard of Jasper before. Canada seems like a really friendly place to visit, and great for great views and getting back to Nature but still overseas too.

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