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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…

How to Recycle Your Beverage Containers & deliver #ChangeThatCounts in Alberta

I've been collecting beverage containers since my university days, first as a method of funding my weekly trips to the pub and secondarily as a means of keeping the streets clean. Fast forward many decades and it's the environment that I'm most interested in now. I never pass up an opportunity to pick up an empty beverage container lying in the park or on the road on my daily dog walks, a fact my neighbours…

The Ptarmigan Cirque Hike in Kananaskis Country

If you want a short hike that delivers superlative mountain scenery in short order do the popular Ptarmigan Cirque hike in Kananaskis Country. It's a 3.6 kilometre loop (if you include the interpretive trail) with 210 metres of elevation gain. There is the option to hike a section of the scramblers trail that heads for Mt. Rae. For a short hike Ptarmigan Cirque delivers a tremendous variety of scenery - including coniferous forests, high alpine…

Biking the Glenbow Ranch Section of the Trans-Canada Trail

If you're looking for a stunning section of the Trans-Canada Trail (TCT) in Alberta to cycle visit Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, an oasis of rolling green hills on the banks of the Bow River. While the TCT trail is completed in Glenbow Ranch there is a plan to connect Cochrane to Calgary; the only thing missing is a small strip of land near the Calgary city limits. For now the best way to get to…

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