From The Globe and Mail newspaper:
The Rockies’ summertime tendency to feel like a gigantic tour bus parking lot can undermine anyone’s ability to commune with Canada’s greatest outdoor wonderland. But there are ways to bypass the masses – if you know where to go.
“There’s something special about Horseshoe Lake in Jasper,” says Banff travel writer and Rockies’ expert Andrew Hempstead (thecanadianrockies.com). “You’ll be sharing it with local swimmers and cliff divers but there’s room for everyone – and it’s easy to find picnic spots with sweeping lake views.”
Or you could take some lesser-jammed driving routes. “Escape the crowded Icefields Parkways by detouring east along Highway 11 at Saskatchewan River Crossing. It skirts turquoise Abraham Lake and passes through prime wildlife viewing in the Kootenay Plains. The almost-a-ghost-town of Nordegg is a good turnaround point.”
Other routes abound.
To see The Globe and Mail’s recommendations for out-of-the-way places to enjoy the Canadian Rockies, click here.