The Canadian Rocky Mountains in British Columbia and Alberte are not the most remote mountains in the world, neither are they the hightest, wildest or most rugged. But they can claim a top spot in the list of the most beautiful ranges of our planet. It's the combination of the landscapes - from lush green valleys with charismatic lakes and streams to glacier-covered heights - that sets them apart from many other mountains. And despite their accessability they are as wild as they can only a few meters into the backcountry. It's no coincidence that the core region of the Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park, was the second National Park in the world to be established in 1885. For 130 years it's been world-famous among hikers, skiers, climbers ... and photographers.