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An Outstanding Shoulder Season Hike Near Banff, Alberta

I was looking for a good hike yesterday - something that would offer up great scenery but wouldn't take me into snow. The other factor was that my brother was visiting and he hadn't been to Banff National Park for over thirty years. And he wanted wildlife. The trail along Lake Minnewanka, just 15 minutes from downtown Banff delivered on both accounts. I can highly recommend it as a great shoulder season hike - for May,…

A Winter Visit to Skoki Lodge in Banff National Park

Skoki Lodge in Banff National Park was our destination one January weekend. But you don't drive to Skoki. You ski or snowshoe the 11 kilometres in, starting at Temple Lodge at the Lake Louise Ski Resort. And in the summer you hike in - that is unless you're Prince William and Kate, in which case you fly in. The trip in to Skoki Lodge begins with a visit to Guest Services at the bottom of…

10 Winter Day Trips Out of Calgary

Here are 10 ideas for winter day trips out of Calgary. There is something for everyone. Go downhill skiing. Out of Calgary you have numerous options. The closest resort to Calgary is Nakiska in Kananaskis Provincial Park. In Banff National Park you have the choice of Sunshine Ski Resort, Mount Norquay or Lake Louise. To the south, about 2.5 hours away you'll find Castle Mountain Resort in the Westcastle Valley of the Rocky Mountains, the…

Snowshoeing to the Ink Pots in Banff National Park

Banff National Park is full of winter trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Last weekend we decided to start exploring and chose the 12 kilometre (return) snowshoe to the Ink Pots via Moose Meadows. Getting to the Ink Pots Trailhead You'll find the trailhead a few kilometers east of Castle Junction along the Bow Valley Parkway on the north side of the road. Signage is excellent. Allow 30 minutes from either Banff or Lake Louise…

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