Myriads of high-rising mountain ranges, ancient glaciers carving the earth through time, extreme arctic weathers, and innumerable eroding rives- all together have combined a terrain Chasmed with innumerable valleys. The country’s flat terrains range from rift dales, elongated barren highlands to rainforest glens, combined with historic and natural elements of the regional territories.
The list below comprises 15 of our favorite valleys across the country, noted for their spectacular landscapes.
At the rugged heart of the Rocky Mountain Trench, Columbia Valley stretches from the Rocky peak to Purcell Mountain. The terrain exhibits a characteristic topography to the eastern Kootenay River valleys; a blend of rugged summits gently descending to verdant slopes and snaking rivers at the bottom, adorned with the sheer essence of the Canadian wilderness.
Radium Hot Springs features one of the valley’s chief attractions, connected by hiking trails and road- enlisted as one of Canada’s national geographic drive through Kootenay National Park. Terrace pools overlooking the bewildering valley and European style spas are sided with the hospitality and fine cuisine of Radium’s community.
The valley is a year-round recreation playground; covering thermal springs, ski slopes, and snowshoeing linking the region’s breathtaking winter attractions, and a wealth of thriving nature for summer hike excursions.
Bordering the fruitful lands of Fraser Valley, Goat River Valley elongates one of Canada’s most picturesque trails across the dale’s many wonders. From milk tea-colored rivers to the First Nation heritage walls edging the gentle highland rivers, vast grassland prairies, and the lush temperate rainforest on the cragged slopes of caribou mountains- Goat valley bids iconic vistas in all directions.
Centuries ago, parts of these ecoregions embraced the Gold Rush Pack Trail, leaving behind their historic footpath. Some remaining structures of the ancient miners serve as forest lodges today, apart from backcountry campsites and fine Canadian tourism in nearby towns.
Many predatory animals, such as wolverines and bears, and a variety of birds call the Goat Valley home; hiking and kayaking along the region’s many rivers and highland lakes provide ample opportunity for catching a glimpse of the region’s magnificent wildlife.
Amid the canopy of the Great Bear Rainforest, Bella Coola Valley boasts a world-unique biome. It is home to the Great Spirit Bear, a majestic creature often spotted in beige color. Hence, the spiritual association of the bear amid the native tribes has earned the name for these forests.
The living heritage here goes beyond the written history as the homeland of Nuxalk Nation. Heritage villages, totem poles, and other indigenous thumbprints are sheltered within the nation’s primary reserve in Coola Valley.
Except for indigenous heritage, the encircling woodlands stand as one of the last remaining intact forests worldwide. Hiking around the temperate rainforests, fishing, and camping on the banks of salmon pools and creeks, canoeing to the undiscovered havens, and the list of summer recreation here goes on.
Once a significant coal mining route, Elk Valley’s wilderness was set to rest after the mine’s exhaustion of resource- flourishing into dense forestry along the Elk River. The entire region is protected within Elk Valley provincial park, embracing its lakes, rivers, countless creeks, and parts of woodland slopes. Whether a photographer, nature enthusiast, or an outdoorsy individual, the valley lures thousands of visitors each year.
Elk valley trail covers about 200 kilometers of the world’s longest recreational track, the Great Trail, crossing some of the valley’s most impressive passes and vantage points. The finely curated trail facilitates rental lodges, direction panels, designated fishing and camping spots, and kayaking docks.
While representing a popular ski destination in winter, North Klondike Valley displays one of the world’s most peculiar landscapes during the warmer months. It boasts the distinctive features of Yukon’s barren landforms. Boreal tundras, dotted with crystalline lakes and valleys, ascend to rugged peaks and desolate dales, which have inspired the name of Tombstone Territorial Park.
Besides the iconic landscape, the regional park shelters a rich aboriginal culture and native wildlife. Numerous campgrounds welcome the admirers of the valley, at facilitated RV sites, roofed lodges, and backcountry campsites overlooking the lakes or remote mountains.
Nestled amid the west Kootenay summits, Slocan Valley was once recalled as silvery Slocan for its silver-bearing meadows. The upper valley starts at the rugged terrain of Valhalla Provincial Park, descending to the rolling slopes of lush alpine forests, and lastly, the river bottomed basin.
Noted as British Columbia’s most beautiful river, a 50-kilometer long trail spans through the region’s spectacular views, fishing locations around the crystalline lakes and ravines, canoeing docks, and roofed accommodations. Hiking trails range from strolling hikes, cycling routes and even boulder climbs- plenty of options for all tastes of adventure.
Bow Valley is distinguished with the bold figure of Three Sisters Summits, reflecting onto the glacial lakes, sprinkled with alpine woodlands. Bow Valley Parkway bids dramatic views of the valley while driving, or the vantage points at the highway’s several parking lots. Each curve of the road portrays a distinct vista; backdrops of trembling waterfalls, dramatic peaks, sheer cliffs, and the bluest of Canada’s lakes.
Although to experience the region’s uncontaminated wilderness, Bow Valley Nature Reserve embraces recreation in many forms. Hiking trails with all difficulty levels, mountain biking routes, and backcountry campsites for tent pitching and lighting a bonfire amid the grizzly bear country. With pleasant temperatures of BC, the valley offers lightly snow-dusted hiking trails in winters; for a pleasant stroll or ice fishing after sliding down the nearby high-profile ski resorts.
At the Valley of the Thousand Falls, innumerable cascades tumble down the vertical cliffs, joining the Robson River basin-exhibiting a rare masterwork of earth’s architect. The entire park is patched with glacial ice deposits year-round. Fabled for its enthralling topography, the region’s trails run along with ancient cedar forests, wooden bridges laying over turquoise-colored rivers, and glacier lakes.
Some glaciers have frozen their way onto the shores of their basin lakes, such as the remarkable combination of glacier ice of Berg Mountain, sprawling on the rugged banks of Berg Lake. regarded as rather a demanding hike, the trail to the valley crosses the magnificent Kinney Lake, sweeping over challenging passages down to the glacial chasm and some of the country’s most rewarding vistas.
The captivating beauty of prairie country is often overlooked, though it conceals more than comes to the eye. From Boreal tundras covered with ancient fossils to thin spiral hoodoos, and exp grasslands homing ancient burial sites- the valley of 1,00 Devils is Saskatchewan’s hidden gem. The valley’s trailhead starts at the Grasslands National Park, crossing blooming meadows and heritage sites to sandstone badlands, riddled with mind-boggling rock formations and dinosaur fossil trails.
Wildlife here bids a peculiar demeanor, bidding the sight of eagle nests, roaming bison, and coyotes. Located at the core of the reserve, Hamlet of Val Marie conceals a handful of cultural points of interest including few heritage structures, art centers, and a museum- setting forth a cultural getaway amid the region’s untouched wilderness.
Alpine forest-covered slopes, widening verdant valleys, sapphire-blue glacial lakes fringed by summits of Lillooet Country, heritage and recreational trails veining the region- Barkley Valley is a true Canadian icon. Once a hunting ground to the aboriginal inhabitants, hiking and gazing over vertical slopes brooded with wildflowers mark the region’s most popular activities.
From the valley’s parking lot, the trail crosses through flowered footpaths and velvety pastures, reaching the world-famous Twin Lakes. for a longer stay, mountain huts are stationed in many spots along the way, together with and backcountry tent pitches on the lakes’ scenic shores.
Along the fertile banks of Dead River, the namesake valley combines mystery and a breathtaking topography together. A hike of 60 kilometers stretches from Savona’s, veining the region with a series of red clay pathways, paved passages, western-style countrysides and ultimately leading to the valley’s protagonist; the dramatic falls sweep into a deep hole in the earth’s crust, nicknamed as the center of the universe.
In addition to otherworldly scenery, the falls bear an eerie legend since the discovery of the beheaded body of the two prospector brothers in the vicinity; Deadman Valley was an inspiration of the unresolved mysteries. Ranch style guest houses are a regional delight, complimented with freshly baked goodies and home-made recipes.
Enlisted among the country’s most beautiful panoramas, Valley of the Ten Peaks is a paradise of glacial lakes reflecting the surrounding snow-covered crests, shrouded with verdant forests. Sitting at the rugged core of Banff National Park, the valley is home to many iconic features including; the renowned Moraine Lake, Canada’s prettiest glacial basin at Lake Louise, and the iconic summits; the ten peaks were printed for a decade on the Canadian twenty-dollar bill.
Canvass-worthy views of the valley are best seen from the trail’s vantage points. The hike stretches over fifteen kilometers from moraine lake, crossing the picturesque valley bottoms of the Canadian Rockies and leading to Lake Louise; a year-round epicenter of live music festivals, entertaining recreation, and serenity at the backcountry campsites.
One of the earth’s most fascinating landforms is scattered along the northern regions of Mackenzie valley. Known as the pingo, the valley’s boreal marshlands are dotted with outlandish hills, bearing mounts of ancient glacial ice at their core. Once walked by the initial people, the trail from the delta’s wetlands to the southern parts of Mackenzie Valley marks the recreational route to the region’s wilderness today.
The hikes reach down to Canadian boreal forests of northwestern territories, veined with a number of streams and enchanting gorges. The valley is an angler’s paradise, offering varieties of seasonal fishes in both lakes and rivers.
Close to the striking Athabasca Falls, Fryatt Valley is nestled at the heart of Jasper National Park’s ranges, lined with less-traveled paths. The valley stretches along the emerald-green rivers and ends at the shores of Fryatt Lake. Although it is considered a challenging hike, the trails of the valley bid the most gratifying vista.
Backcountry campsites are plenty in the region, but the most spectacular are stationed on the serene waterfronts of the alpine lake. Despite the unrivaled beauty of the valley’s landscape, Fryatt remains fairly unknown. This contributes to the region’s uncontaminated tranquility in summers, while the nearby trails are often packed with peak-season traffic.
No terrain in Canada reminds the of western outlaw movies better than Big Muddy badlands. In fact, the barren prairies- specked with scenic and eroding sandstone mountains- were once lined with cowboy trails and desperado hideaways, together with the region’s aboriginal legacy. Shelter of the Mexican bandits at the Outlaw Caves, the glacier-carved Castle Butte, and a large Buffalo Effigy depicted by the ancient tribes- highlight the valley’s main attractions.
In July, the blooming flower fleck the valley, portraying contrasting shades of flora and a delightful complement to the rugged country. Coronach serves as a Basecamp to the surrounding wilderness of southern Saskatchewan, offering from authentic cozy cuisines to continental diners and alluring accommodations.
Here are two more valleys with excellent vistas that we would like to share;
Consolation Valley’s name is inspired by the effects of the valley’s sceneries, so pleasant that comfort its viewer. Rugged mountains topped with snow-dusted peaks, alpine forest cloaking the slopes and at the bottom, blue hues of the lake rivaling with the sky- the valley possesses one of the most iconic views in Canada.
Tonquin Valley features a four seasonal recreation playground, with ski-friendly slopes in winter and world-famous hikes during summers. Tucked amid the southern ranges of Jasper, parts of the trails are ladened with slush, and horseback tours around the region are highly recommended-especially sections of the trail to Amythyst Lakes.