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  • Writer's pictureTam Hatfield

5 Essential tips for your Canadian Rockies Road-trip!

So, you're gearing up to Escape the ordinary and dive into the adventure of a lifetime in the Canadian Rockies? Buckle up, because we're dishing out our top 5 must-know tips before you hit the road:


An aerial view of a couple laid on a blanket on the roof of their Radventures Campervan in Banff

1. Park Passes: Before you hit the road on your journey into Banff National Park, make sure you've got your Parks Canada pass ready to roll. At just $11 per day for adults (kids get in free, and it's $22 for a family or group), this pass isn't just your ticket to breathtaking scenery—it's also your contribution to conserving these pristine landscapes for generations to come. Your support helps keep our parks as stunning as ever for our guests.


2. Wildlife Wonders: Don't let the 'park' in National Park fool you: while Banff National Park is a wildlife wonderland, it's definitely not a petting zoo. Our wildlife is wild and should be treated with the utmost respect. Seriously, no selfies with the bears! Getting too close or attempting to feed wildlife isn't just risky—it's against the law. Trust us, a $25,000 fine isn't the kind of souvenir you want to bring home.


3. Campground Reservations: Psst, here's a little insider secret: our campgrounds fill up faster than you can say "rocky mountain high." If you're dreaming of nights under the stars, plan ahead and snag your spot early by booking through the Parks Canada website. Trust us, the early bird gets the best views!


4. Fire Safety: Picture this: crackling campfires under starlit skies—sounds magical, right? Well, hold your marshmallows because fire bans are no joke, especially during the toasty summer months. Before you spark up that campfire, check for any fire bans and brush up on the rules. Safety first, s'mores second!


5. Leave No Trace: Here's the golden rule of exploring our national parks: leave only footprints, take only pictures & memories. It's not just a saying—it's the law. Resist the temptation to pocket souvenirs like flowers, rocks, or animal antlers. Every treasure you leave behind helps preserve the natural beauty of our parks for future adventurers to enjoy.


Armed with these insider tips, you're all set for the adventure of a lifetime in the Canadian Rockies. So, pack your sense of wonder, your camera, some comfy walking boots and get ready to escape the ordinary!



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