SUMMER is an amazing season in the Canadian Rockies. Here are some of the reasons you absolutely must visit this region in the summertime.
SUMMER ALPINE WILDERNESS
During summer, enjoy expansive Rocky Mountain views, with impressive peaks towering above lush, green landscapes.
By mid-summer, the snow is melting from the ground and the mountains, turning the landscape green. The snowmelt and passing rains lead to fields of blooming wildflowers scattered throughout the valleys and by the sides of the rivers and lakes. These flowers are easily spotted on trails through the mountains, and you might even find a few varieties of wild and colorful mushrooms, popping up from the forest floor.
Further into the Rocky Mountains are vistas that offer views of distant hanging glaciers. This is the season where waterfalls are seen flowing with full force from the melting snow and ice. The lush green scenery, and the mild weather make this the perfect season for hiking.
In the summer months, the snow melts, the sun comes out, and despite frequent and unpredictable passing storms, the weather is mostly mild and pleasant. Be prepared for anything, though. The weather in the Rockies changes in an instant.
Only minutes before this calm scene, a massive storm front moved in, bringing thick fog, pouring rain, and striking reverberations of lightning across the sky. Which was a little terrifying considering our proximity to giant metal cameras and tripods. (Lightning rods?) Unfortunately, we were too busy clinging to a cliff for our lives to get a photo of the lightning. The storm itself lasted less than five minutes.