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100 Places to Visit in Canada This Summer

Canada is the second largest country in the world. From St. John's, Newfoundland to Victoria, British Columbia it's roughly a distance of 7,400 kilometres. And from Vancouver heading north to Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory, it's 2,400 kilometres. Add another 1,200 kilometres to reach Inuvik, the last community of any size before the Arctic Ocean. My point is Canada is huge. It's best to focus on just a few areas if you plan to visit. Here…

8 of the Best Places to Snowshoe in Alberta

There's nothing like big dumps of snow in the mountains to get you motivated to get outside, especially in Alberta on days when you have the magic combo of blue skies with awe-inspiring mountain scenery. Need some suggestions on where to go? Here are eight of the best places to snowshoe in Alberta.  Medicine Lake – Watchtower Canyon, Jasper National Park Medicine Lake is a very popular snowshoeing destination out of Jasper, especially since it's only a…

Red Rock Coulee – An Otherworldly Alberta Landscape

Red Rock Coulee Natural Area has an otherworldly feel to it. Littered with sandstone concretions, the red rocks measuring as much as 2.5 metres in diameter are formed naturally via the sediments they rest upon. According to the sign at the parking lot: The process by which concretions are formed leaves them harder and more resistant to erosional forces than the surrounding material. When the parent material erodes the spheres are left exposed and then…

A Trip to Elk Island National Park in Winter

A few weeks ago I spent part of a day in Elk Island National Park in winter. It's an easy place to access as a day trip from Edmonton. The plan included some snowshoeing on a myriad of trails with the hope of seeing some of the plains and wood bison that call the park home. My trip to Elk Island National Park made me think of a time when our family traveled to Yellowstone National Park…

What to do on a Weekend Getaway in Edmonton, Alberta

For this Calgarian, Edmonton is not the first place I think of for a weekend getaway. But my misconceptions about the city were rocked over three days as I discovered a multitude of great restaurants, shopping, culture and things to do. Edmonton is home to over 30 annual festivals - so plan a weekend getaway around a festival or event you'd like to attend. I had come for the Red Bull Crashed Ice Event -…

The Moose Mountain Hike in Kananaskis Country, Alberta

Topping out at 2,437 metres (7,995 feet), Moose Mountain in Kananaskis Country offers some of the premier vistas in the area. It's a popular day hike for those living in the Bragg Creek and Calgary area. Moose Mountain can be approached by a number of routes; most hikers do it via the trail that is accessed from a seven kilometre dirt road that takes off from Highway 66 just after the Paddy's Flat Campground. The…

Biking The Highest Public Road in Canada

I celebrated my birthday by taking the day off and heading with John to Kananaskis Country, Alberta. Our plan for the day was to cycle to Highwood Pass on the highest public road in Canada. We chose to do the more gradual route from the entrance closest to the community of Longview, accessible via a 45 minute drive from Calgary. This bike ride has been on my wish list for several years. But I've always…

10 of My Favourite One Day Hikes in British Columbia & Alberta

With the summer hiking season around the corner I thought I would share with you 10 of my favourite one day hikes in British Columbia and Alberta. I've obviously missed some great ones - but that's okay - as I too want a reason to keep exploring. For those of you who prefer longer outings you can check out my post - The Top 5 Backpacking Trips in the Canadian Rockies. My favourite one day hikes in British…

Prairie Mountain – A Year Round Day Hike from Calgary

Prairie Mountain, located in Kananaskis Country Alberta, is a new hike for me and one I can see doing with great regularity to stay in shape all year round. The trailhead is close to Calgary, just 45 minutes from my house via Highway 66 near Bragg Creek. Finding the trailhead is a little trickier than I thought it would be because it isn't well signed. See specific instructions below. The Prairie Mountain hike is similar…

The Crypt Lake Hike in Waterton: A Ladder, A Tunnel & Chains

No one has ever died on the exposed section declares our boat guide en route to the Crypt Lake hike in Waterton Lakes National Park in southern Alberta. Would you call those reassuring words as you headed out to test your mettle on what has been called the Indiana Jones adventure of the Canadian Rockies?  I don't think so. I really didn't know what I was getting myself in for.  But the one thing I did know…

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