The Top 5 Backpacking Trips In The Canadian Rockies

I’ve been getting emails asking for my thoughts on what the top backpacking trips are in the Canadian Rockies. After sending detailed replies, I figured it was time to pull together a blog with my answers. And summer will be upon us before long so it doesn’t hurt to start planning – and in fact in just a few months reservations for backcountry sites start to open up.

Here’s my list of what I consider to be the top 5 backpacking trips in the Canadian Rockies.


Backpacking the Skyline Trail in Jasper National Park rewards you with incomparable mountain views for almost two thirds of its 44.5 kilometer length. There aren’t many trails in Canada that can lay claim to that fact. From the start at the Maligne Lake Trailhead to the finish, save for the final seven kilometer slog down a logging road, the trail offers a phenomenal mountain experience.

"Beautiful views just a few hours into the hike"

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