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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…

An Outstanding Hike to the Summit of Fairview Mountain

A hike up Fairview Mountain wasn't our first choice last weekend. We'd actually planned to hike to Kindersley Pass in Kootenay National Park. I'd heard great things about the trail and as a bonus it can be done as a loop hike. But as we drove south towards Radium Hot Springs the weather looked bad with lots of heavy, rain filled clouds hanging over the mountains. We aborted 15 minutes south of Castle Junction. I had a guide book…

Where You’ll Find 4 of the Best Hikes in the Alberta Rockies

Wondering where to go hiking in the Alberta Rockies? Here are four of the best hikes you'll find. Among all the world’s special places, surely Banff National Park must be one of the most awe-inspiring – and at the same time, it feels like coming home. Lake Louise and Moraine Lake are two of the most beautiful places you can go to in Banff National Park, and they’re among my favorite places ever. Jagged snow…

A 3 Day Backpacking Trip that Includes Egypt Lake

Lady luck was on my side when I booked a couple of campsites for my three day backpacking trip via Egypt Lake in the Canadian for two reasons - timing and epic wildflower displays. The first was a miscommunication between Parks Canada, my husband and me. The dates got confused, the campsites weren't what we wanted so we changed them and pushed them back a day - thereby missing a horrible rainstorm. Secondly our timing was such…

A Stay at Buffalo Mountain Lodge in Banff National Park

I've just returned from a two night stay at Buffalo Mountain Lodge in Banff National Park. My sister-in-law joined me for a girls getaway and the only thing we both had to say when we left yesterday, was that our visit was way too short. Although I'd heard of the lodge before, it wasn't until we actually had to find the place that I appreciated its location. You'll find it on Tunnel Mountain Road, about…

A Hike to Bourgeau Lake and Harvey Pass, Banff

For the magnificent views, alpine flowers and sapphire waters, Bourgeau Lake and Harvey Pass make for a day trip from Calgary that’s well worth the effort. The 7.5 km Bourgeau Lake trail is a popular summer’s hike up to an exquisite mountain lake. Summer through fall is typically the best time (but check with Banff National Park for current conditions). Elevation gain to the lake is 670 metres, in a gradual ascent through forest, with…

Cross Country Skiing to Boom Lake, Banff National Park

Boom Lake in Banff National Park is a popular destination in both summer and winter. I can't say that there would be much appeal for me to hike the trail in summer as it's primarily in the trees. But in the winter, the trail is cross-country skier's delight. The trees muffle the sound and hold the snow. And they keep the wind at bay so it's not so cold. Located in Banff National Park near…

A Stay at Storm Mountain Lodge in Banff National Park

I've driven past Storm Mountain Lodge in Banff National Park at least a dozen times without ever stopping. That changed this past weekend. John and I decided we wanted a short getaway where we could check out some new cross-country ski trails over a couple of days, without having to drive all the way from Calgary. We booked a two night stay. Storm Mountain Lodge has a history dating back to 1922. It was built…

A Stay at Sunshine Mountain Lodge in Banff National Park

I admit to being clueless on occasion. I had no idea until this past summer when I hiked into Sunshine Meadows, that there was in fact a ski-in/ski-out lodge at Sunshine Village. I've only lived in Calgary for three years so that's part of my excuse. And the last time I skied at Sunshine was four years ago, on a -25°C day so all I could think about was staying warm. I obviously didn't bother…

Sunshine Village’s Signature Snowshoeing Experience

Recently John and I were guests of Sunshine Village, a ski resort in Banff National Park. While most people head to the resort for downhill skiing - just as we did on one of the days, there is the option to take a snowshoeing tour. This isn't just any snowshoeing tour - but one called a Canadian Signature Experience. What sets the Sunshine Village tour apart from your average snowshoeing tour? The tour takes you…

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