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Hiking in Awenda Provincial Park, Ontario

If you've never heard of Awenda Provincial Park you've got company. Nobody I've spoken with who lives in southern Ontario has ever heard of the park and yet there is fabulous hiking in Awenda, particularly on the Bluff Trail and an untouched slice of the Georgian Bay coastline. Awenda Provincial Park sits at the edge of the Penetanguishene Peninsula on the Georgian Bay, 164 kilometres due north of Toronto. It's just a two hour drive away.…

The Beautiful Family-Friendly Emerald Lake Hike

The Emerald Lake hike, one of the exceptionally beautiful ones in Yoho National Park is the perfect outing for a young family or - as in my case, for my visiting mother-in-law who turned 80 just days before we visited. The Emerald Lake hike is also the base for a number of longer, harder hikes including the Emerald Basin Trail, the Yoho Pass Trail, the Hamilton Lake Trail and the famous Burgess Pass Trail. The…

The Lake Oesa Hike in Yoho National Park, BC

The hike to Lake Oesa from Lake O'Hara in Yoho National Park is short, easy  and family-friendly. It rewards with incredible mountain scenery and a turquoise-coloured lake in a spectacular mountain setting. It's a straight forward 6.6 kilometre (4.1 mile) round trip hike with only 240 metres of elevation gain - providing of course you start at Lake O'Hara and you haven't had to walk in from the parking lot. But that's another story. The…

The Crypt Lake Hike in Waterton Lakes

The Crypt Lake hike in Waterton Lakes National Park has been called the "Indiana Jones adventure of the Canadian Rockies." The hike to the lake is by  no means the prettiest hike in the Rockies – or even in Waterton Lakes National Park for that matter. But it does offer a variety of experiences that you’re not likely to find on any other hike in Canada. And there are some glorious views along the trail…

A Daunting Hike to Abbott Pass Hut on the Alberta-BC Border

Updated April 2019 Please note that the Abbott Pass Hut is closed while repairs are made to stabilize and repair the hillside. Check in with the Alpine Club of Canada to learn more.  About a month ago I was invited by the media group representing Travel Alberta to join them on a two day combination hike and scree climb to the precariously situated Abbott Pass Hut on the Alberta - BC border. Their goal is to produce…

A Visit to Hunlen Falls – Canada’s 3rd Highest Waterfall

Breathtaking is the only word that can remotely describe the beauty of Hunlen Falls in remote Tweedsmuir Provincial Park in the West Chilcotin area of British Columbia. How high are Hunlen Falls? But almost no one has ever heard of Hunlen Falls - and nor do they realize that these waterfalls are Canada's third highest - plunging 1,316 feet (401 metres). In fact they are the highest waterfalls in Canada IF you measure as a…

A World-Class Hike in Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, BC

Tweedsmuir Provincial Park in the West Chilcotin area of British Columbia is the home of the Rainbow Range Trail. It's in an area not many have visited or even know about. The hike in this park is just about as close to hiking nirvana as you're going to get. I'd call the Rainbow Range hike in Tweedsmuir Provincial Park one of the best one day hikes of my life. And that's saying something considering how many…

Hiking the Spectacular Iceline Trail near Field, BC

The spectacular Iceline Trail located near Field, British Columbia in Yoho National Park joins the my list of all time favorite hikes. High impact scenery is the name of the game - almost from start to finish. The only downside is that it's a popular trail especially on a weekend, so don't go expecting solitude. Options for hiking the Iceline Trail You can do what I did and complete a loop over a couple of…

A Hike to the Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse in Alberta

It's a beautiful hike to the Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse near Lake Louise, Alberta but the crowds are there unless you pick your times - early mornings, late afternoons or in the fall when the crowds have dispersed. The hike to the Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse starts on the path by the turquoise-coloured waters of Lake Louise. Initially you have to cut and duck through the tourists to get anywhere. If you can…

Hiking the Henry MacLeod Trail in Jasper National Park

If you hike the Henry MacLeod Trail - beginning at the far end of Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park, you're in for a treat. But unless you're camping at the Coronet Creek Campground, accessibility is a huge issue. Certainly mountain climbers make it into a multi-day trip but your average Joe isn't about to paddle 21 kilometres, hike 16 kilometres and paddle 21 kilometres out again in a day. However, it's a great hike…

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