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The View From The Far End Of Chester Lake

The Chester Lake Hike in Alberta (+ Three Lakes Valley)

The Chester Lake hike is one of the classics you must do in Kananaskis Country. It's been called the most popular trail in Kananaskis Country - and yet on the summer weekend I hiked it, the parking lot was far less busy than the one that offers access to Black Prince Cirque and Galatea Lakes. That may be a function of the distance from Calgary but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. Chester…

O'Brien Lake Surrounded By Larches Is Equally Spectacular

5 Winning Day Hikes from Calgary to See the Larches

When larch season is almost upon us, it's time to mark your calendar so you don't miss their awe-inspiring display. It's the equivalent of eastern Canada's fall display but more localized. If you're looking for a day trip from Calgary, any of these five larch hikes will leave you speechless - and perhaps breathless as all are not a walk in the park. The larches typically reach their peak somewhere around September 20th - and…

View Of The Rocky Mountains From The Chester Lake Trail

The Chester Lake Snowshoe in Kananaskis Country

The Chester Lake snowshoe is one of the prettiest snowshoeing outings you can do in Alberta. It's one of the most popular ones so unless it's a cloudy weekday, expect some company. Dogs are allowed on a leash too. It's a full day trip to do the Chester Lake snowshoe from Calgary as the drive is a solid 90 minutes each way. If you want to splurge, I highly recommend a stay at nearby Mount…

Chester Lake In Winter

Snowshoeing to Mountain Lakes in Kananaskis Country

Kananaskis Country was a shock. In my mind Kananaskis Country was the poor cousin to Banff National Park so I was very surprised on my first visit to the area. Our plan over a weekend stay at Mount Engadine Lodge was to go snowshoeing to mountain lakes - specifically nearby Rummel and Chester Lakes. I didn't know what a treat I was in for. To back up, Kananaskis Country is only 90 kilometres southwest of…

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