Western Cordillera

Where The Water is Blue and The Mountains are Calling

History of The Western Cordillera

Western Cordillera is the youngest of Canada's landform regions. The Western Cordillera is around 65 million years old. It started forming in the Mesozoic era and ended in the Cenozoic era.

How The region Was Formed

The Western Cordillera was formed by the North American and Pacific Plates colliding, which caused folding, faulting, and volcanic activity.

Where It Is Located

The Cordillera runs along the west side of Canada. It covers all of British Columbia and Yukon, and parts of Alberta and Northwest Territories.

Rock Types

You will find metallic minerals, which are found in igneous rock found in the plateaus. You will find non-metallic minerals, which include some metamorphic rocks and sedimentary rock. You will also find energy minerals, which consist of petroleum, coal and natural gas.

Land Use and Human Activities

This land is mostly used for mining, farming, etc. This land contains valuable minerals such as copper, gold, zinc etc.


You should visit Dawson in BC. While you are there you should do these things:
  • Sight Seeing
  • Hiking

You should also visit Vancouver BC. You should visit:

  • Stanley Park
  • The English Bay
  • Ferry rides

Physical Description

There are a lot of jagged, Rocky Mountains running north south separated by plateaus and valleys. "Rubbing" of plate tectonics cause frequent earthquakes.

What You Can Find Here

  • You will find series of mountain belts some 800 km along the pacific coast. There are mountain peaks up to 3 km long. The highway between Banff and Jasper, Alberta, is particularly noted for its spectacular mountain scenery.
  • You will also find lakes such as Emerald Lake, Moraine lake, Lake Louise and many more.
  • One of the most luxurious hotels here is the Banff Hotel.
  • Skiing is a very popular activity here, and thanks to Panorama you will have the most wonderful time skiing.


Here are three attractive mountains:

Mount Robson:

Mount Robson is the most prominent mountain in North America's Rocky Mountain range; it is also the highest point in the Canadian Rockies.

Mount Assiniboine:

Mount Assiniboine, also known as Assiniboine Mountain, is a mountain located on the Great Divide, on the British Columbia/Alberta border in Canada. At 3,618 m, it is the highest peak in the Southern Continental Ranges of the Canadian Rockies.

Mount Goodsir:

Mount Goodsir is the highest mountain in the Ottertail Range, a sub range of the Canadian Rockies in British Columbia. It is located in Yoho National Park, near its border with Kootenay National Park.


Here are three lakes you should visit:

Emerald Lake:

Emerald Lake is located in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada. It is the largest of Yoho's 61 lakes and pond.

Moraine Lake:

Moraine Lake is a glacially fed lake in Banff National Park, 14 kilometres outside the Village of Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada.

Lake Louise:

Lake Louise is a hamlet in Alberta, Canada, within Banff National Park.

Ski Resort

You will have the time of your life when you come to Panorama Mountain Ski Resort. Panorama Mountain Resort is a ski and golf resort in Canada, located in the Purcell Mountains of southeastern British Columbia.
Panorama Mountain Village

Cool Facts

The Western Cordillera is a geographically diverse place and its area consists of mountain ranges, basins, plateaus, etc. Also Mt. Logan, which is the highest point in Canada is located in the Western Cordillera, with its occasional peaks rising to 10000 feet. Additionally, the western cordillera has almost every type of climate condition. Lastly, the Western Cordillera is the source of gold, copper, zinc and lead.