THE CANADIAN ROCKIES
Want some info about the Canadian Rockies? Here is a brief summary.
SOME FUN FACTS
- Location Southwestern Alberta and eastern British Columbia.
- Description A relatively narrow belt of mountain ranges terminating at Liard River lowland in northeastern British Columbia. Complex with jagged peaks and almost flat-topped elevations. Slopes typically very steep with many glaciers. Most peaks have little vegetation around summit; some have year-round cap of snow/ice.
- Highest Peaks Mount Robson (12,972 ft/3,954 m);
Mount Columbia (12,293 ft/3,747 m);
North Twins (12,241 ft/3,731 m); Mount Clemenceau (12,001 ft/3,658 m).
- Lower Levels Covered chiefly by grassland giving way to extensive forests, principally conifers. Areas of grasses and scattered shrubs above woodlands.
- Formation Mostly crustal uplifts in comparatively recent times, during late Cretaceous and early Tertiary periods. Later reshaped by glaciation during the Pleistocene Epoch.
- Climate Highland climate, characterized by warm summer days with long hours of sunshine. Winters are cold and crisp with snow cover from November to March.
Coldest months are December and January when temperatures drop well below freezing, heightened by wind chill. May and June tend to be wettest though precipitation is often moderate, scattered, brief and variable from year to year.
Warming summer temperatures bring animals into the lower valleys. See Itinerary Weather for more details.
- Population Mostly sparse with few cities.