Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
17 Apr 2015 | From Ronda of Canada
The Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks form a striking mountain landscape, that includes a full range of glaciation features and harbours the renowned Burgess Shale fossil site. Its highest peak is Mount Robson at 3,954 m. The contiguous national parks of Banff, Jasper, Kootenay and Yoho, with the adjoining Mount Robson, Hamber and Mount Assiniboine provincial parks (50°34'-53°28'N, 115°10'-119°32'W), are World Heritage Sites located at the continental divide of the central Rocky Mountains at their highest point.
The parks include mountains, glaciers and hot springs and the headwaters of major North American river systems. Active glaciers and ice fields still exist throughout the region. The area is known for its natural beauty and biological diversity. A total of 56 mammalian species have been recorded, and some 280 avifaunal species have been noted.
The Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks possess exceptional natural beauty, attracting millions of visitors annually.