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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 a family-friendly 210 metres of elevation gain. There is the option to hike a section of the scramblers trail that heads for Mt. Rae. The perfect hike for out-of town guests new to mountains For a short hike Ptarmigan Cirque…

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…

Alberta’s Fabulous Table Mountain Hike

You're in for a treat if you do the fabulous Table Mountain hike in southern Alberta's Castle Provincial Park. Locals have known about the hike for years but it's only starting to come into its own now that the area has received provincial park status, more infrastructure is in place and images are starting to show up on Instagram - capturing people's imagination. What's so special about the Table Mountain hike? It's the views and…

A Visit to Southern Alberta’s Castle Provincial Park

Southern Alberta is the new home of not one but two provincial parks - Castle Provincial Park and Castle Wildland Provincial Park, the only fresh additions to the park system in over a generation. Between the two they cover 105,500 hectares, protecting a landscape of big mountains, forests, meadows and rolling hills. The land, considered sacred to local First Nations groups, safeguards watersheds and important wildlife corridors for a number of species including grizzly bears…

Kananaskis Hikes: Opal Ridge South

If you're looking for Kananaskis hikes that deliver big time on mountain views be sure to include the steep hike up Opal Ridge South. The hike is full of surprises - the good kind - especially after you get through a steep, rather nasty section of scree. The route up Opal Ridge South Start at the north end of the parking lot at the gas station across from the Fortress Mountain turn-off on Highway 40.…

The Aylmer Lookout Hike in Banff National Park

The Aylmer Lookout Trail is one of the great early season hikes in Banff National Park. There is the option to add extra mileage and hike to Aylmer Pass or even up Aylmer Mountain. The trail follows Lake Minnewanka for much of its length - and after a stiff climb delivers superlative views up and down the lake. But be warned. Although it's not a hard hike, it is a long one. To Aylmer Lookout its 23.4…

Hiking in Kananaskis: The Wasootch Ridge Trail

The Wasootch Ridge Trail in Kananaskis Country is a great early season hike. I decided to go for it one weekend in early May after seeing photos on Instagram. You can often see in real time the condition of hikes you want to do - and get ideas for future ones, especially if you're following local people.  While I've never met Don @mcc617 I know he spends a lot of time doing hiking in Kananaskis,…

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