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The Easy Hogarth Lakes Loop Snowshoe Trail

Kananaskis Country is one of my favourite places in winter to go snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Even though it's easy to do these things as a day trip from Calgary, it's way more fun if you can stay overnight in the area so you can take advantage of all the activities - without a 90 minute drive in each direction. Recently we spent a couple of nights in the new glamping tents in Mount Engadine…

The Sulphur Mountain Hike in Banff National Park

Sulphur Mountain in Banff National Park, named for the sulphur odour emanating from the hot springs near the base of the mountain, is usually accessed via a quick gondola ride. That's the easy way to get up and down the mountain. But there is the option of a Sulphur Mountain hike, actually two options but one is best in summer and the other during the shoulder seasons - October to December and April to June.…

10 Things to Do in Jasper in the Summer

Visitors to the Rockies often don't make it past Banff and Lake Louise. But if you have the time, not only is it worth the drive to Jasper - one of the most scenic in Canada - but I recommend spending a few days in the Jasper area. Here are 10 things to do in Jasper and within an hour's drive in summer. Visit Patricia and Pyramid Lakes Drive to Patricia and Pyramid Lakes -…

The Hike to Johnston Canyon in Winter

The hike to Johnston Canyon in winter ticks off all the boxes when it comes to a fun, half-day adventure. It's one of the most popular winter activities in Banff National Park but don't let that put you off. To avoid the crowds, plan to start either early or late in the day, appreciating that the sun sets by 4:45 PM in late December. Sometimes you will literally slip-slide your way up Johnston Canyon in winter…

The Lake Agnes – Big Beehive Hike

The Lake Agnes - Big Beehive hike delivers world-class mountain scenery. Normally the hike to Lake Agnes Teahouse is a ridiculously busy one, especially in the summer. But we elected to do the Big Beehive hike in the third week of October, a couple of weeks after a particularly big, early season snow storm so the number of hikers was down. Starting early always helps but on this occasion the trail was also like a…

The Hike to Black Prince Cirque

Pull into the Black Prince Trailhead on the Smith Dorrien Road in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park and you will be met with a couple of options – one family friendly and the other – a hike up to Black Prince Lake and Black Prince Cirque, not so much. The majority of visitors head for Warspite Lake – via a 4.3 kilometre loop trail. After you climb the first hill, the rest of the hike through sub-alpine…

Alberta’s Great Prairie Bottle Harvest: Why You’ll Want to Participate

You heard from me back in July about a cause that's near and dear to my heart - recycling beverage containers to keep them out of landfills and put money back in the hands of the community. I'm back with news about an Alberta Depot initiative - The Great Prairie Bottle Harvest. Launching across Alberta in October over three weekends, its goal is getting yet more people on-board with recycling their beverage containers while raising…

7 Things to Do on a Trip to Waterton Lakes National Park

Waterton Lakes National Park may be the smallest national park in the Rockies but it sure delivers a punch for its size. While parts of the park remain closed after the Kenow Fire last year, the townsite itself was unaffected and there is plenty to keep you happily busy for a couple of days, especially in summer and fall. Try an e-Bike If you're at least 16 years old, you can rent an ebike (which…

The Powderface Ridge Hike near Bragg Creek

If you want a moderate hike that gets your heart rate up, delivers Rocky Mountain views and wildflower filled meadows do the Powderface Ridge hike near Bragg Creek. The trailhead is about an hour's scenic drive from Calgary - about 10 minutes past Elbow Falls and the trailhead to the popular Prairie Mountain hike. While there are several variations of this hike, we did the straightforward up and back hike from the trailhead to a…

5 Easy Rocky Mountain Hikes Within 2 Hours of Calgary

If you're in the mood for an easy family-friendly hike but with the option for something more, these five Rocky Mountain hikes - all within a two hour drive of Calgary (and the Calgary airport should you be visiting from out of town) should fit the bill. From Kananaskis Country to Banff National Park, there's something for every type of hiker. All of these five hikes are popular ones so do expect to be sharing…

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