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Beautiful Reflection In Fish Lake In The Morning

One of the Best Hikes in Banff – The Hike to Fish Lakes

If you're looking for one of the best hikes in Banff, you'd do well to choose the hike to Fish Lakes via North Molar Pass. Very fit hikers could knock off the 29.6 km return hike to the lakes in a very long day. But my recommendation is to book a backcountry campsite (in January) and stay for a couple of nights at the Fish Lake Campground so you can truly enjoy what is truly…

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Giveaway – Two Passes for the Mt. Norquay Via Ferrata

If you're looking for adventure in Banff National Park then you've got to try the Via Ferrata at Mt. Norquay. Even though you're clipped in, it can be a little nerve-wracking at times. But also empowering. What you get with this giveaway My seventh giveaway out of ten to mark 10 years of blogging is a pass for two people to do the Explorer Route on the Mt. Norquay Via Ferrata. Over 2.5 hours enjoy…

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…

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…

14 Fantastic Day Trips From Calgary in Winter

I've put together 13 suggestions for winter day trips from Calgary with the hope that some of these recommendations are completely new to you. I think there should be something for everyone on this list no matter what your age or fitness level. If you break up your winter routine and get outside - even on the coldest of days, I can pretty well guarantee you'll feel amazing for having done something. Spending time outdoors…

The Tunnel Mountain Hike in Banff National Park

It took me six years of living in Calgary to do the Tunnel Mountain hike in Banff. Now that I've done it I wonder why it took so long. This short must-do hike delivers a workout if you go fast enough, panoramic views of Banff and the valley including the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel from above and red chair moments on the summit. And you can do it in spring, summer, fall or winter.  The…

Sundance Lodge: Banff’s Secret Winter Destination

I wouldn't call myself a creature of routine. I thrive on change and new experiences. But there are exceptions and a winter ski trip into Sundance Lodge in Banff National Park is one of those exceptions. I first learned about the lodge through a blog a number of years ago but for the most part this place remains a secret in winter. Few people have heard about it or even know that its open in…

The Hike to Rockbound Lake, Banff National Park

I've wanted to hike to Rockbound Lake in Banff National Park for some time despite the fact it's one of the 'don't do' hikes in the book Don't Waste Your Time in the Canadian Rockies. The author actually suggests "it helps to wear colourful boot laces so you'll have something interesting to look at."  But when it's late October and you still have the itch to hike in the mountains where do you go from…

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