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Where to Cross Country Ski: The Cascade Fire Road near Banff

Where to cross country ski if you're in the Banff area? How about the easy Cascade Fire Road? You'd think it was the Christmas season with the number of cross country skiers out on the Cascade Fire Road yesterday. Or perhaps it was just the perfect combination of safe driving conditions, blue skies, sunshine and great snow that packed the parking lot to overflowing. Whatever it was we joined the throngs of skiers for a great day…

A Visit to Alberta’s Dinosaur Provincial Park – A World Heritage Site

A visit to Alberta's Dinosaur Provincial Park kills (as the saying goes) two birds with one stone - as its actually a UNESCO world heritage site too. I confess that I am not a great fan of dinosaurs. I don't know my Leptoceratops from my Stegoceras, though I think I could pick out a Triceratops if pushed. But that's about it. Despite my disinterest in all things dinosaur related, I had been hearing great things…

Hiking the Carthew-Alderson Trail in Waterton Lakes National Park

One of the great Canadian hikes I've done is the Carthew-Alderson Trail in Waterton Lakes National Park. It's a beautiful hike - with varied and outstanding scenery. You'll see mountains, glaciers and many high alpine lakes. Throw in wildflowers in season, marmots and mountain goats, and possibly even a bear and you can understand why it's one of the best hikes in Waterton Lakes National Park. Plus you can shuttle to the trailhead so you don't ever have…

Biking Adventures: Sheep River Valley in Kananaskis Country

Cycling the Sheep River Valley in Kananaskis Country is an easy day trip from Calgary and a great biking adventure. It's only a 45 minute drive to the town of Turner Valley south of Calgary, the starting point for an exceptionally scenic bike ride through to Sheep River Falls. The bike ride can be done from late April - depending on the year - until the snow flies. In the spring the time to do it…

The Taylor Lake Hike in Banff National Park in Fall

When it's larch season in the Rocky Mountains its time to do the Taylor Lake hike. You'll  miss the horrific weekend crowds in the Banff and Lake Louise areas - especially around Moraine Lake area. What you get instead with a little effort - are outrageous scenes of  beauty that words can't possibly describe. And I guarantee you will feel a sense of awe. Despite hearing about how bad the crowds could get our group…

The Crypt Lake Hike in Waterton: A Ladder, A Tunnel & Chains

No one has ever died on the exposed section declares our boat guide en route to the Crypt Lake hike in Waterton Lakes National Park in southern Alberta. Would you call those reassuring words as you headed out to test your mettle on what has been called the Indiana Jones adventure of the Canadian Rockies?  I don't think so. I really didn't know what I was getting myself in for.  But the one thing I did know…

A Gorgeous Alberta Hike: Lineham Ridge in Waterton Lakes NP

I like to mark the end of summer by getting away over the Labour Day weekend. Most years we've done a hiking or backpacking trip and this year was no exception. Our destination was Waterton Lakes National Park, about three hours south of Calgary on the border with Montana. Waterton adjoins Glacier National Park so the hiking options between the two parks are extraordinary. We spent two nights and three days in Waterton - hiking Lineham…

A Superb Hike to Guinn Pass in Kananaskis Country

A hike to Guinn Pass in Kananaskis Country offers up several steep sections of hiking that will get your thighs burning but rewards you with stupendous, 360 degree views.  And if you feel energetic at the pass you can continue hiking up the shoulder of Mount Kidd for ever more awesome views. Or head down the other side of the pass for an overnight stay at Ribbon Lake. Yet another day-tripping option from Guinn Pass is to…

A Hike to the Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House

It's a beautiful hike to the Plain of the Six Glaciers Tea House, but the crowds are there unless you pick your times - early mornings, late afternoons or in the fall when the crowds have dispersed. The hike starts on the path by the turquoise-coloured waters of Lake Louise. Initially you have to cut and duck through the tourists to get anywhere. If you can get over that then you'll be treated to the…

Hiking the Henry MacLeod Trail in Jasper National Park

If you hike the Henry MacLeod Trail - beginning at the far end of Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park, you're in for a treat. But unless you're camping at the Coronet Creek Campground, accessibility is a huge issue. Certainly mountain climbers make it into a multi-day trip but your average Joe isn't about to paddle 21 kilometres, hike 16 kilometres and paddle 21 kilometres out again in a day. However, it's a great hike…

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