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Enjoying Spectacular Views From The Summit

Test Your Mettle on the EEOR Hike near Canmore

The EEOR hike (short for east end of Rundle) near Canmore is an out and back scramble that will test your mettle. It's steep from the get-go with an elevation gain of 875 metres over just 2.9 kilometres. For many people the EEOR hike will be a challenge. It's got lots of loose rock which is unsettling for some - and a cliff band with rock ledges along with some exposure near the top to…

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…

Repeating Mountains On The Far Side Of Spineback Ridge

Island Lake Lodge: A Base for Hiking Adventures

Island Lake Lodge serves as a great base for hiking adventures. It sits on 7,000 acres of private land just minutes from Fernie, British Columbia. The lodge is surrounded by towering trees in old growth forest - with the Lizard Range of the Rocky Mountains serving up a spectacular backdrop. That translates to wonderful hiking opportunities both above tree line and in the forest. And you don't have to be a guest at Island Lake…

Dramatic Lighting Over Revelstoke

11 Things to do in Revelstoke in Summer

Looking for things to do in Revelstoke in summer? You won't have a problem filling your day(s). But what you may find is that you haven't allowed enough time to do everything you want to do.  I personally would recommend these 11 things to do - based on a couple of trips to Revelstoke, nearby hot springs and national parks. There are also several adventurous activities I wish I'd done (see below) that will have…

Views From The Hermit Trail, Glacier National Park BC

The Hermit Trail Hike in Glacier National Park BC

If you want a big workout in a short amount of time plus high impact mountain scenery, plan to hike the Hermit Trail in Glacier National Park BC. Steep hikes are what Glacier National Park is famous for - and Hermit Trail is the steepest of them all. But it differs from other hikes in the park in that you end in a rocky alpine bowl, and not on a ridge. Hermit Trail Trip Report…

Valhalla Provincial Park for One of the Best Hikes in BC

Valhalla Provincial Park is home to one of the best hikes in BC. The 6 km trail into Gwillim Lakes is take-your-breath away beautiful, especially in the evening light. You'll find meadows to explore, mountain ridges to climb and lakes for skinny dipping. Also look for well-spaced tent pads, a kitchen area and a couple of outhouses. You could easily spend a few nights here. Where is Valhalla Provincial Park? There's a pretty good chance…

Beautiful Reflection In Fish Lake In The Morning

One of the Best Hikes in Banff – The Hike to Fish Lakes

If you're looking for one of the best hikes in Banff, you'd do well to choose the hike to Fish Lakes via North Molar Pass. Very fit hikers could knock off the 29.6 km return hike to the lakes in a very long day. But my recommendation is to book a backcountry campsite (in January) and stay for a couple of nights at the Fish Lake Campground so you can truly enjoy what is truly…

The Stunning Sparrowhawk Tarn

The Gorgeous Sparrowhawk Tarns Hike near Canmore

If you're after an outing that offers a heady mix of mountain views and lakes, then you'll enjoy the moderate hike to the Sparrowhawk Tarns. You won't have any problem with route-finding if you follow the directions in this blog and check out the photos. No scrambling is involved - merely a wee bit of rock-hopping. And most of the 13.7 km return hike is at a gentle to moderate grade. When should you do…

Hikers Walking A Dusty Road On The Camino

How to Plan the Camino de Santiago Walk

This post is sponsored by Moon Travel Guides. Planning the Camino de Santiago walk across northern Spain just got a whole lot easier. In April 2019 Moon Travel Guides released a new book - Moon Camino de Santiago: Sacred Sites, Historic Villages, Local Food & Wine in a format every walker will appreciate. Back in 2007 when my daughter hiked the 780 kilometre Camino de Santiago for the first time, it was next to impossible…

It Pays To Stop Looking At Your Feet

The Superb 8 Day Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu

Have you ever heard of the Choquequirao trek? I had not until I spent some time looking through active vacations on the G Adventures website. I don't know how this superb 8 day trek slipped by me. I'm familiar with the other three treks that deposit you at Machu Picchu; the Inca Trail, the Salkantay trek and the Lares trek. But the Choquequirao trek is the only one I'd recommend, now that I've done it.…

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