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The Third Of Four Lakes

The Pickle Jar Lakes Hike in Kananaskis Country

The Pickle Jar Lakes hike is a standout if you're a fan of mountain lakes. And judging by the popularity of this Kananaskis hike, people love a lake as a destination. Four lakes. Even better - though not all are equally beautiful. Route description for the Pickle Jar Lakes hike  From the parking lot walk north beside the highway for about 100 metres. Cross the road and pick up the obvious, though unsigned trail that…

The Ptarmigan Cirque Hike in Kananaskis Country

If you want a short hike that delivers superlative mountain scenery in short order do the popular Ptarmigan Cirque hike in Kananaskis Country. It's a 3.6 kilometre loop (if you include the interpretive trail) with a family-friendly 210 metres of elevation gain. There is the option to hike a section of the scramblers trail that heads for Mt. Rae. The perfect hike for out-of town guests new to mountains For a short hike Ptarmigan Cirque…

The Grizzly Peak Hike in Kananaskis Country

One of the best hikes I've now done in Kananaskis Country is the one to the summit of Grizzly Peak via Grizzly Col from the trailhead at Highwood Pass. The 360° views from the top are outstanding.  Even though the trail isn't signed at all, it's obvious once you know what you're looking for. If you've ever done the Pocaterra Ridge hike, you'll have no problem finding the turnoff. All told it's four kilometres one…

4 of the Best Alberta Road Trips You’ll Love

Head to Alberta if you're looking for some of the most scenic road trips in Canada. There's a huge range of landscapes to explore from the backroads of eastern Alberta with its endless fields of yellow canola swaying in the wind to the beauty of the hoodoos in Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park. Of course the grandest scenery of all is in the mountains, particularly along the Icefields Parkway. Here are 4 of the best Alberta road…

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…

The Highwood Pass Loop – One of Canada’s Best Drives

The Highwood Pass Loop is one of the most varied and scenic one day drives in Canada. It can easily be done as a day trip from Calgary, Canmore or Banff and it doesn't matter what direction you drive it. I think it' one of the best drives in Canada. Starting in Longview I did the drive starting from the east near Longview, a small community an hour's drive southwest of Calgary. I was meeting…

Biking The Highest Public Road in Canada

I celebrated my birthday by taking the day off and heading with John to Kananaskis Country, Alberta. Our plan for the day was to cycle to Highwood Pass on the highest public road in Canada. We chose to do the more gradual route from the entrance closest to the community of Longview, accessible via a 45 minute drive from Calgary. This bike ride has been on my wish list for several years. But I've always…

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