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Ribbon Falls - Photo Credit: Thomas Coldwell

Ribbon Falls Hike in Kananaskis Country

If you love a good waterfall hike, then put the Ribbon Falls hike in Kananaskis Country on your must do list. John and I chose to do it in late May - as many of Alberta's mountain hikes are still snowbound. It was a great choice from a couple of perspectives.  First, it's a good warm-up to get in shape for harder hikes with more elevation gain. All told its about a 20.8 km return…

The Ptarmigan Cirque Hike

Easy Kananaskis Hikes Everyone Will Love

We are lucky in Alberta to have such a wide range of hiking opportunities available to us in Kananaskis Country. While the area that makes up Kananaskis Country is huge - covering a swath of land from the Sheep River Valley to parts of the Ghost Valley Wilderness, the Highwood Pass area, Bragg Creek and Highway 40 - Smith-Dorrien Road. The focus of this post is on easy Kananaskis hikes in Peter Lougheed, Bow Valley,…

Almost At The Ridge

Raspberry Ridge Hike in Alberta

I have enjoyed exploring areas in Alberta this spring that are new to me - and as it turns out less well known and therefore less busy for hiking. As much as I love the workout and the views up Ha Ling Peak for instance, I prefer trails with far fewer people. Near the Highwood Junction area, there are a good handful of hikes that are all ideal in spring and fall when the mountains…

Another View From Inside The Fire Lookout

Mount Burke Hike in Kananaskis Country

I think many of us get into a routine when it comes to going to the mountains. For me that means heading to either Banff National Park, Kananaskis Country south of Highway 40 or the Bragg Creek area. However, I have been on the lookout for a new early season mountain hike and discovered Mount Burke - thanks once again to @mcc617 (Don McCready) on Instagram. He posted a photo on March 19th along the…

Steep Descent From Windy Point

Foran Grade and Windy Point Hike

The Foran Grade and Windy Point hike is a great choice for anyone who lives in the Calgary area and is eager for a hike that delivers great mountain views starting early in the season. I wouldn't do this hike in the summer when there are more interesting choices, but I'd come back again in the fall to catch the vibrant colours. The effort to reward ratio on this hike is high. The Foran Grade…

Some Nice Views Of Barrier Lake From One Of The Open Areas

Horton Hill Hike in Kananaskis Country

The Horton Hill hike, just an hour's drive from Calgary in Kananaskis Country isn't going to be the kind of hike most people are looking for. There is no trailhead, signage, or even a formal trail, though there is the odd piece of fluorescent flagging tape around. But it is surprisingly easy to find your way to the top, if you have any sense of direction and you just head up. Horton Hill is the…

The Chilkoot Trail

Chilkoot Trail Hike from Alaska to BC

The Chilkoot Trail, which begins on tidewater in Alaska and climbs up over mountains in British Columbia, presents a unique backpacking opportunity, as this is a trail rich with history. It was the main trail used in the famous Klondike Gold Rush of the late 1800’s, one of the biggest rushes the world has ever seen. An international crowd of literally tens of thousands, fueled by dreams of riches, used the Chilkoot Trail to chase…

Stunning Upper Elk Lake In BC

Beginner Backpacking Trips in the Canadian Rockies

One of the great pleasures in my life is camping and backpacking in the Canadian Rockies. With years of experience under my belt, I don't give much thought to the difficulty of a trip unless it's a real out there wilderness experience. But I know that there are lots of wannabe backpackers that are nervous about taking their first steps and spending a night in a tent, many kilometres from a trailhead, especially when it's…

The View From Mesa Butte

Mesa Butte Hike Near Millarville

The Mesa Butte hike is a short, easy hike that is ideal after a lazy morning of eating pancakes and drinking coffee or a pick me up after a long day at work. The hike is located near Millarville, Alberta in Mesa Butte Provincial Recreation Area. The trail starts directly across from the Mesa Butte Equestrian Campground.  Even though the Mesa Butte hike is a short one that you can knock off in 1 -…

The Larch Valley Hike Starts Beside Moraine Lake

Banff Hikes – 18 of the Best You Can Do in a Day

If you're a new visitor to Banff National Park, you may find the selection of Banff hikes overwhelming until you get your bearings. Rest assured that any of the hikes described should satisfy your cravings for sublime Canadian Rocky Mountain scenery. Not all have gorgeous turquoise lakes on route, but all are worthwhile and some more so that others depending on the season.  It has taken me nine years to find the time to do…

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