It’s no secret that Canada’s Rocky Mountains are one of the most beautiful ranges on the planet. The astonishing natural beauty of the region invites exploration both during summer and the winter months. As the snow settles across the ski fields - alpine resorts such as Whistler Blackcomb burst into life, while in the warmer months there are fantastic hiking opportunities. Here at Escape Travel, we thought we’d put together some fascinating facts on the Rockies.
Here are our top five trivia facts on the Rocky Mountains.
Second Longest Range
At 4,800 kilometres long, the Rocky Mountains are second longest mountain range above the ocean. The longest mountain range, excluding the mid-ocean range which is under the sea, are the Andes at 7,000 kilometres long.
The highest point in the Rockies is Mount Robson which rises to 3954 metres above sea level. Interestingly the peak is not the highest point in British Columbia. That honour is reserved for Mount Fairweather on the Alaskan border at 4,663 metres. To admire Mount Robson head along the Yellowhead Highway.
Not just in Canada
While the Rocky Mountains are most associated with Canada and the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta - the actual range stretches into the American states of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico.
A Natural Water Divide
The range provides a natural divide between the waters that flow into the river systems that feed the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
The first European to cross the Rocky Mountains was the Scotsman Sir Alexander MacKenzie in 1793. In effect he was the first explorer to cross Canada travelling from east to west. The largest river system in Canada, the Mackenzie River, is named after this brave adventurer.