Mt Assiniboine Provincial Park

Park in Kootenay National Park

Between Kootenay and Banff National Parks lies this lesser-known and smaller (39 sq km) provincial park, part of the Rockies' Unesco World Heritage site. The pointed peak of Mt Assiniboine (3618m), often referred to as Canada's Matterhorn, and its near neighbors have become a magnet for experienced rock climbers and mountaineers. Backcountry hikers revel in its meadows and glaciers.

The park's main focus is crystal-clear Lake Magog, which is reachable on a 27km trek from Banff National Park or by helicopter. At the lake, there's the a lodge, camping and huts.