The Pacific ring of fire is an area where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur in the basin of the Pacific Ocean. This ring winds around the edge of the Pacific Ocean from Australia to Asia to the Americas; the American Cordillera being its eastern edge. This continuous sequence of mountain ranges (Cordillera) form the western backbone of North America, Central America, South America and Antarctica along the Pacific Ocean. I've visited a number of places in the Western Cordillera in my travels in Mexico, Ecuador and Peru, and hiked mountains and volcanoes.
Mount Robson (3,954 m / 12,972 ft) is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies and is at the top of a very vertical mountain.
Snow Dome (3,456 m / 11,339 ft) has the distinction of being the hydrological apex of North America. Water from this point flows into three different watersheds: Pacific Ocean, Arctic Ocean, and Atlantic Ocean.
Active glaciers and ice fields still exist throughout the region. The most significant is the Columbia ice field, the largest in North America's subarctic interior.
Canadian Rockies are mostly sheltered under the national park system. Four national parks – Banff, Jasper, Kootenay and Yoho – and three adjacent provincial parks are Natural UNESCO World Heritage sites since 1984.
Plenty of winter sport options are available in this region which is quite unusual for someone living in Toronto. Unlike Calgary, there are no real mountains in Toronto’s vicinity, a fact that I often lament about. Hopefully some day I can go on a multi-day hiking trail and camp in the wilderness.
So that was my geeky intro to the Northen Rocky mountains and the type of things I read before visiting a place. Have you been to the Rockies? How did you research the place?