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Snack Time On Board The Rocky Mountaineer

What the Rocky Mountaineer Train Ride is Really Like

The day started early. I left the comfort of my luxurious Fairmont Hotel Vancouver bed to be whisked in a bus along with hundreds of others to the Rocky Mountaineer train terminal. And that's when the magic unfolded. Walking into the airy train terminal, John and I were immediately greeted with three things - glasses of orange juice, a coffee bar and gorgeous music coming from the grand piano. It didn't take long to get…

Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park Is So Green In June

A Visit to Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park in Alberta

Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, located between Calgary and Cochrane is an excellent four season destination. Over 1,300 hectares of fescue grasslands, some of it rare, are protected along a section of the Bow River. Explore approximately 30 kilometres of paved trails running through these grasslands on foot, by bike or on snowshoes in winter. In summer there are even golf carts for those with mobility issues. Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park is a delight for the…

Stunning Hike On The Centennial Ridge Trail

The Centennial Ridge Hike in Kananaskis

If you're looking for a long but glorious out and back day hike in Kananaskis Country then the Centennial Ridge hike up to Mount Allan should fit the bill. If you want to turn it into an epic day, do the Centenial Ridge hike one-way and then from the summit of Mount Allan descend to Dead Man's Flats. You'll need a car shuttle to do that. Finding the trailhead(s) for either end of the Centennial…

Biking In Nose Hill Park

20 Fun Things to do in Calgary, Alberta

Calgary, still referred to by some as Cowtown is a fun, dynamic city with a young demographic. Even with the oil slowdown it's got an energy to it that I love. There's always lots going on in the city especially in the summer when the Calgary Stampede and the Calgary Folk Music Festival come to town. I think this sampling of fun things to do in Calgary will appeal to locals and visitors alike. I…

Biking The Dinosaur Trail

Biking the Dinosaur Trail near Drumheller

If you'd like to go biking through an otherworldly landscape of canyons, hoodoos and coulees with the added attraction of seeing the world's largest dinosaur, then you need to bike the Dinosaur Trail near Drumheller. The city of Drumheller is just 90 minutes from Calgary but with its badlands scenery it feels a world away. On the drive there make the short-detour to see Horseshoe Canyon. It will whet your appetite for what's ahead. COVID-19 update:…

2 Amazing Canadian Rockies Travel Packages to Put on Your Bucketlist

If you’ve been thinking about a trip to the Canadian Rockies this summer it’s time to swing into gear and make some plans. For those of you short on time or who hate the bother of planning the details of a trip, check out the following two Canadian Rockies packages offered by Air Canada Vacations. With a single phone call or a click on your computer you can have your holiday booked and on your…

The Columbia Icefields On The Wilcox Pass Hike

Hiking in Alberta: 16 of the Must-Do Day Hikes

Hiking in Alberta is incredible. We're spoiled here with an abundance of outstanding day hikes to choose from. These 16 hikes described below give you but a taste of what is out there. With three national parks and the Rocky Mountains you can expect plenty of world-class mountain views, gorgeous high alpine lakes and with a little luck some wildlife sightings. If you haven't done a lot of hiking in bear country read my tips…

Nakiska Ski Resort In Alberta

7 Amazing Alberta Ski Resorts You’ll Want to Visit

Perfect powder makes Alberta ski resorts incredible. The Canadian Rockies have legendary light airy snow and there’s no shortage of places to enjoy it. You’re actually spoiled for choice when it comes to Alberta ski resorts. Whether you’re a novice skier, a mogul maven or a backcountry buff, you’ll find plenty to love – both on the slopes and off. Here are seven amazing Alberta ski resorts to put on your hit list this season.…

Charcuterie Plate At Mt Engadine Lodge

The Glamping Experience at Mount Engadine Lodge

I was already a fan of Mount Engadine Lodge before I tried their new glamping tents. I'd been to the lodge twice before. The first time I visited was on a winter trip before we'd even moved to Calgary where we lucked out with a weekend of live music. and the second in September a few years ago when we took my elderly mother-in-law, promising her moose sightings. "We" delivered with at least four moose…

The Hogarth Lake Loop Trail Is Accessed From The Same Trailhead As Burstall Pass

The Easy Hogarth Lakes Loop Snowshoe Trail

The Hogarth Lakes snowshoe trail in Kananaskis Country is a great one to do if you just have half a day. Even though it's easy to do it 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 some of the other trails - without a 90 minute drive in each direction. While the Hogarth Lakes snowshoe outing doesn't get you…

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