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Looking Towards The Banff Springs Hotel

Hiking the Spray River Loop Trail, Banff National Park

The Spray River loop trail is ideal for hiking, biking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and cycling, depending on the conditions and the season. With a trailhead within a few hundred feet of the Banff Springs Hotel, it's a super accessible trail for visitors to the area or for day-trippers from Calgary. We fell into the day-trippers category. Six of us headed up to Banff for some exercise on the Spray River trail - followed by a…

Views From King Creek Ridge

25 of the Best Things to Do in Alberta

It's hard to pick only 25 of the best things to do in Alberta. Named for Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, the daughter of Queen Victoria, Alberta is the fourth largest province in Canada by area. As such it boasts a diverse landscape so that there is quite literally a lifetime of things to see and do. This subjective list of the best things to do in Alberta just scratches the surface of what's out there. …

Cross Country Skiing Near Lake Louise

5 Easy Cross Country Ski Trails in Banff National Park

I am a big fan of the cross country ski trails in Banff National Park for many reasons. Even on the coldest days you stay warm  unlike my experience downhill skiing. You see some of the most pristine country on the planet - often with few people around. Check out these 5 suggestions for easy cross country ski trails in Banff National Park. Remember to always go prepared with the 10 essentials no matter what…

The Counter At The Start Of The Legacy Bike Trail

Cycling the Banff Legacy Trail from Canmore to Banff

You can't help but notice cyclists and rollerbladers on the Banff Legacy Trail when you drive the Trans-Canada highway between Canmore and Banff.  I don't know why but it took me a couple of years to get around to cycling it. The Banff Legacy Trail was built in 2010 to commemorate the 125th anniversary of Parks Canada. Its 26 kilometres long one way and a very comfortable three metres wide. It takes you from the…

Beautiful Mountain Scenery On The Hikes Off The Top Of The Gondola

What’s the Better Place to Visit – Whistler or Banff?

I've been asked the question numerous times. What's the better place to visit - Whistler or Banff? It depends on what you're looking for is my answer as they are very different despite both being mountain towns. I've read on forums that if you've been to one you don't need to visit the other as they're so similar. I disagree. Both towns have their own unique personalities. And as someone who has lived within 75 minutes…

Glorious Cascade Fire Road Skiing

Cascade Fire Road Skiing in Banff National Park

Where can you cross-country ski if you're in the Banff area? How about the easy Cascade Fire Road for skiing? You'd think it was the Christmas season with the number of people out on the Cascade Fire Road skiing the day I visited. Perhaps it was just the perfect combination of safe driving conditions, blue skies, sunshine and great snow that packed the parking lot to overflowing. Whatever it was we joined the throngs of…

Looking Out Over Lake Minnewanka

The Lake Minnewanka Hike Near Banff, Alberta

I was looking for a good shoulder season hike - 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 in over thirty years. And he wanted wildlife. The Lake Minnewanka hike, which is accessed just 15 minutes from downtown Banff, delivered on both accounts. I highly recommend it as a great shoulder season hike…

What’s Better? Lake Louise or Sunshine Village for Skiing

One weekend I skied two of the three downhill ski resorts in Banff National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) - Lake Louise one day and Sunshine Village the next. It had been over 30 years since I'd last skied at either of them - so it felt like the first time all over again. Temperatures both days in the morning were in the -17°C range (1°F) - and that was at the base without…

A Visit to the Historic Banff Springs Hotel

If you ever wanted to play hide and go seek then the Banff Springs Hotel is the place to do it. You just might never be found. We weren't trying to get lost last weekend but the labyrinth of corridors, nooks and crannies in this stately old hotel means that the odds are against being discovered. Just finding our room was an adventure. About the Banff Springs Hotel The Banff Springs Hotel has a longer history…

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