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Looking To The Summit Cairn On The Pigeon Mountain Hike

Pigeon Mountain Hike near Canmore Alberta

What a delight the Pigeon Mountain hike near Canmore turned out to be. Once you get away from the powerline and break through the trees, views are superb. The same goes for wildflowers. They're excellent in the meadows in summer and even in early fall when there are plenty of reds and yellows to enliven the landscape. Although the climb to the summit is a stiff one, it modulates often enough that you can catch…

Gorgeous Sunset On The Smith Dorrien Trail

Smith Dorrien Trail – Highway 40 Road Trip

From Canmore, it's easy to access the Smith Dorrien Trail - Highway 40 loop, a spectacular road trip in Alberta's Rocky Mountains that can be done on your own or in luxury with Canadian Rockies Experience. The road trip can be done in either direction, but if you're driving in summer consider returning via the Smith Dorrien Trail so you catch the sunset. There are numerous scenic spots along the route along with access to…

The View Down The Giant Steps In Paradise Valley

Lake Annette – Paradise Valley Hike & Camp

If you want a stellar hike or backpacking trip, without the crowds, in the heart of the Moraine Lake - Lake Louise area, I'd highly recommend the Lake Annette - Paradise Valley - Giant Steps trail. Many people stop at Annette Lake - 5.7 km in, but then you miss some of the dramatic scenery, along with the option to hike up to Sentinel Pass. However, it's a 20.3 km return hike to Paradise Valley…

Beautiful Scenery Along The Red Deer River In Kneehill County

Kneehill County Alberta – What to See & Do

Drive about an hour northeast of Calgary or two and a half hours south of Edmonton and you'll reach Kneehill County in central Alberta. The region is home to a landscape of open prairie and gorgeous badlands scenery bounded on the east by the scenic Red Deer River. Within Kneehill County you'll find two towns - Three Hills and Trochu, several villages including Carbon, Acme and Linden in addition to unique lookouts and experiences. Cue…

Stypendous Views On The Eiffel Lake Hike

Eiffel Lake Hike in Banff National Park

The Eiffel Lake hike in Banff National Park is one fantastic outing with only one downside - it's hard to score a parking space at the Moraine Lake trailhead though fortunately there are ways to mitigate that described below. There is nothing difficult about the Eiffel Lake hike. There are no route-finding issues and the 11.2 km return distance and 400 m elevation gain are well within reach of any regular hiker.  Despite the fact…

Heading For Piper Pass

Piper Pass Hike – A Pretty Trail in Kananaskis

The Piper Pass hike in Kananaskis Country's Elbow-Sheep Wildland Provincial Park is fantastic. It exceeded all expectations in that it was easier and more beautiful than I thought it would be - and it was devoid of people. It's one of a number of hikes you can do from the Elbow Pass Day-Use area and I think it's the prettiest of the lot. You can do it as a long day hike from Highway 40…

Upper Tombstone Lake In Kananaskis Country, Alberta

Tombstone Lakes Hike & Camping Trip in Kananaskis

Alberta's Kananaskis Country offers an incredible diversity of hiking experiences that are almost on par with what you'll find in the Rocky Mountain national parks - specifically Banff, Jasper, Yoho, and Kootenay. Many  of the trails are busier than they used to be - probably because so many people have discovered the joys of hiking thanks to COVID. But you can still lose the masses if you choose a hike that's a little longer. The…

Above Sundance Lodge On The Second Da Of Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding in Banff: Trail Riders Experience

Horseback riding is not really my thing. I've been petrified of horses since my horse-crazy mother put me on a pony when I was five. And it's not for lack of trying. I have been on trail rides all over Canada - from PEI to Ontario and Alberta. I even gamely hopped on a horse in Costa Rica and splashed through rivers and held on for dear life as we climbed up and down muddy…

Kayaking Upper Kananaskis Lake

Kananaskis Kayaking to the Point Campground

For anyone eager to get out on a lake or reservoir in Alberta, you'll find Upper Kananaskis Lake to be a great choice. It sports a scenic mountain backdrop with one downside - it's often windy and it can blow up quickly, so paddling is best done early or late in the day when possible. The lake is located in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, approximately a 90-minute drive from Calgary. John and I enjoyed a…

Looking Out At He Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Wilderness Adventures Weekend

On a June weekend before most bugs had made their presence known, John and I took off for northern Alberta to spend a long weekend with Darcy and Shirley Zelman, owners of Grand Rapids Wilderness Adventures. My goal was to check out the formidable Class VI Grand Rapids - labeled unnavigable (even Red Bull hasn't sent someone down) and some of the world's largest concretions that litter the Athabasca River shoreline and the river itself.…

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