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What its Like to Heli Hike in the Cariboos

You don't hear much about the Cariboo's - a group of rugged, remote mountains in east-central British Columbia at the northern end of the Columbia Mountains, about 100 kilometres due west of Mount Robson Provincial Park. There's a reason for that. Unless you have a helicopter or you're exceptionally skilled in the backcountry, the area is basically off-limits.  But as a guest of CMH, owners and operators of the Cariboo Lodge, I am one of…

How to Prepare for Trekking in Patagonia

I'm heading to Patagonia this week to hike both the "O" Circuit in Chile's Torres del Paine National Park and to do a few day hikes in Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina. I have spent in excess of 30 hours researching, planning and preparing for this trek in Patagonia. Four of us are doing it on our own and good information seems to be really hard to come by.  Here's how to prepare for…

The 10 Hiking Essentials Everyone Should Carry

Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links. If you purchase an item through these links, I receive a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you. This helps me continue to write free content like the article you are reading. I only recommend products or experiences I personally use or see a use for. The Mountaineers, a Seattle based organization for climbers and outdoor adventures - and the people behind the bible of…

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.…

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…

Why You’ll Want to do the Hike to Havasu Falls

If you've ever seen the photos of world-famous Havasu Falls, the images of the turquoise-blue water contrasted with the earthy tones of the Grand Canyon will forever be etched in your mind. A hike to Havasu Falls is the best way (and apart from helicoptering in, the only way) to appreciate the beauty of not just these falls, but the four other equally stunning waterfalls in the Havasupai area. They include Upper and Lower Navajo Falls,…

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…

Hut to Hut Hiking on the Charlevoix Traversé

A few years ago John and I included a winter visit to the scenic Charlevoix region located less than 100 kilometres northeast of Quebec City. On that trip we enjoyed a stunning drive, albeit a hair-raising one along Highway 381, through a dramatic landscape of lumpy mountains and frozen rivers that included Parc national des Grands-Jardins with its sub-Arctic taiga-like terrain. At that time I knew there were backcountry huts in the area used by…

Mississagi Provincial Park: A Gem of the North You’ve Never Heard Of

Mississagi Provincial Park, located just 25 kilometres north of the city of Elliot Lake, has been called "one of Ontario's last true natural parks." The park offers visitors a chance to hike, canoe, bike, swim and enjoy nature in a park that aside from 60 front-country campsites, seven backcountry campsites and seven hiking trails is preserved in its natural state. It features one of the best views in Ontario, an incredible fall foliage display (!!!) and the…

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…

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