Located in southeastern British Columbia, near the Alberta border, Kootenay National Park is one of seven contiguous parks that make up the Canadian Rocky Mountains UNESCO World Heritage Site (together with Jasper, Yoho, and Banff National Parks and Mount Robson, Hamber and Mount Assiniboine Provincial Parks).
Located between Yoho and Mount Revelstoke, Glacier National Park is one of seven national parks in British Columbia (4 hours drive from Calgary and 6.5 hours from Vancouver). Covering 1,349 km2 (521 sq mi) of BC’s Selkirk and Purcell Mountains, the park was established in 1886 and it’s one of the most popular destinations for climbers and hikers. There is 140 km of hiking trails in the park that offers spectacular views of surrounding massive glacier (approximately 400 glaciers in and around its alpine scenery), waterfalls, valleys in Glacier National Park at Rogers Pass, underground rivers that have created one of Canada’s largest cave systems.
At 3,954 meters (12,972 feet), Mount Robson is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies and the second oldest provincial park in BC. Because of its size ( and unexpected changes in weather and snow conditions), only experienced and equipped climbers should attempt climbing this mountain.
One of the most beautiful destinations for hiking is located just north of Pemberton in British Columbia (56 min driving from Whistler and almost 3 hours from Vancouver). The road between Pemberton and Lillooet is in itself an awesome attraction.
Joffre Lakes Provincial Park was established in 1988. Its themed hiking trails revolve around a spectacular mountain scenery, waterfall (Holloway Falls), the Matier Glacier hanging impressively high above Upper Joffre Lake – one of the three gorgeous turquoise-colored lakes. The visitors can also enjoy camping, fishing (with an appropriate license), mountain climbing, and an amazing wildlife viewing. Black and grizzly bear, blacktail deer, mule deer, and mountain goat reside in the park. Cougar, wolverine, and bobcat are temporary residents.