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A Hike to Lillian Lake – A Real Singing Lake

An October hike to Lillian Lake in Kananaskis Country was a visual and surprisingly, an auditory treat. It seems that Lillian Lake in the Kananaskis area, under the perfect storm of circumstances is really a singing lake. Let me explain. We arrived at Lillian Lake about noon yesterday. The sun was shining but it was still freezing outside - probably about -5°C and Lillian Lake was covered in about two inches of ice. Initially all…

What’s Better? Lake Louise or Sunshine Village for Skiing

Last weekend I skied two of the three downhill ski resorts in Banff National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) - Lake Louise one day and Sunshine Village the next. It had been over 30 years since I'd last skied at either of them - so it felt like the first time all over again. Temperatures both days in the morning were in the -17°C range (1°F) - and that was at the base without…

Superb Snowshoeing to Mountain Lakes in Kananaskis Country

Kananaskis Country was a shock. In my mind Kananaskis Country was the poor cousin to Banff National Park but boy was I surprised. Kananaskis Country is only 90 kilometres southwest of Calgary and less than 40 kilometres south of Banff as the crow flies. It turns out you get the same great mountain scenery that Banff offers - except you don't need a parks pass. I'd expected lower level mountains with pleasant but not stunning…

A Visit to the Banff Springs Hotel: A Rocky Mountain Classic

If you ever wanted to play hide and go seek then the Banff Springs Hotel is the place to do it. You just might never be found. We weren't trying to get lost last weekend but the labyrinth of corridors, nooks and crannies in this stately old hotel means that the odds are against being discovered. Just finding our room was an adventure. About the Banff Springs Hotel The Banff Springs Hotel has a longer history…

Snowshoeing to the Ink Pots in Banff National Park

Banff National Park is full of winter trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Last weekend we decided to start exploring and chose the 12 kilometre (return) snowshoe to the Ink Pots via Moose Meadows. Getting to the Ink Pots Trailhead You'll find the trailhead a few kilometers east of Castle Junction along the Bow Valley Parkway on the north side of the road. Signage is excellent. Allow 30 minutes from either Banff or Lake Louise…

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump – A World Heritage Site Worth Visiting

The Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump in southern Alberta is a UNESCO world heritage site worth visiting. My visit last week to Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, was an illuminating journey into the life of the Plains people and the buffalo culture. The name of this UNESCO World Heritage Site traces its origins to a legend about a foolish young brave. He wanted to watch the herded buffalo come flying over from the shelter of a ledge below the…

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