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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…

Hidden Gems Along Ontario’s Bruce Trail

For Philip Gosling and the other founders of the Bruce Trail, the Bruce was code for wilderness. The near 800-kilometre-long footpath follows the Niagara Escarpment across Southern Ontario, connecting Niagara Falls to the Bruce Peninsula, which separates Lake Huron from Georgian Bay. Assigned to write an article about hidden gems in the southern Bruce Peninsula for the Bruce Trail magazine, I headed up to Wiarton for a near 70 kilometre, three-day hike. More importantly, I…

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…

The 7 Secrets to a Successful Backpacking Trip

You've put a lot of work into planning a multi-day backpacking trip but it turns out to be a disaster. You want to try it again but you haven't decided if it's worth the effort. Maybe you'll just stick to day hikes instead.  If this sounds like you don't give up on backpacking. It's always going to be one of the best ways to get into areas that are off limits to day hikers. Instead…

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…

7 of the Very Best Hikes in Ireland

The hikes described below are some of the very best hikes in Ireland. Some will take you a day, others a week. All with give you a great sense of the country. Even though Ireland is famous for its rain, that shouldn't stop you from hiking here. I found it rarely rained for the entire day. On the occasions that it did rain all day, I actually found it exhilarating to have survived the inclement…

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.…

Bear Safety Tips: What you Need to Know

To be comfortable and safe in bear country you need to have a good grasp of bear safety tips. There are a number of things you should know including how to distinguish between black and grizzly bears; what you should do if you encounter a bear and what preventative measures you should and can take. The following bear safety tips could save your life.  The two biggest roadblocks to hiking that I hear about most…

Hiking Mweelrea: Western Ireland’s Highest Mountain

Hiking to the summit of Mweelrea Mountain, the highest peak in western Ireland, was the highlight for me of a week-long hiking trip with adventure company, Wilderness Ireland. There's something about the feeling you get deep inside you when you make it to the summit of a peak. And it doesn't have to be Everest to get that sense of accomplishment. Mweelrea Mountain, located near the village of Leenane (near Westport), tops out at 814…

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