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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…

View From The Meadows At Mt Engadine Lodge

9th Blog Giveaway: One Night at Mount Engadine Lodge

One of my all-time favourite lodges is Mount Engadine Lodge in Kananaskis Country. I have stayed for a weekend on three occasions now, twice in winter and once in the fall. Visit the lodge in the summer if you're into hiking and nature. Some truly exceptional hiking trails are practically on the lodge doorstep; cue Tent Ridge, Chester Lake and Burstall Pass for starters. If you go in the fall - like I did with…

Trying Out Tone Of Many Saunas At The Kananaskis Spa

Giveaway – 2 Passes to the Kananaskis Nordic Spa

On a chilly, rainy June night John and I ventured to the Kananaskis Nordic Spa to see for ourselves what the experience was like. I'd heard many wonderful reports since it opened in the winter of 2018. The spa, fashioned in the Nordic tradition, stimulates your senses with temperature changes (hot, warm and cold pools) along with aromatherapy via the steam room. It's all set against a gorgeous Rocky Mountain backdrop, only an hour away…

The Centennial Ridge – Mount Allan Hike in Kananaskis Country

If you're looking for a long out and back day hike in Kananaskis Country then the Centennial Ridge trail up to Mount Allan should fit the bill. If you want to turn it into an epic day, make it a one-way hike and descend to Dead Man's Flats from Mount Allan but you'll need a car shuttle to do that. Finding the Trailhead(s) for either end of the Centennial Ridge Hike If you do the…

The Easy Hogarth Lakes Loop Snowshoe Trail

Kananaskis Country is one of my favourite places in winter to go snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Even though it's easy to do these things as a day trip from Calgary, it's way more fun if you can stay overnight in the area so you can take advantage of all the activities - without a 90 minute drive in each direction. Recently we spent a couple of nights in the new glamping tents in Mount Engadine…

The Hike to Black Prince Cirque

Pull into the Black Prince Trailhead on the Smith Dorrien Road in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park and you will be met with a couple of options – one family friendly and the other – a hike up to Black Prince Lake and Black Prince Cirque, not so much. The majority of visitors head for Warspite Lake – via a 4.3 kilometre loop trail. After you climb the first hill, the rest of the hike through sub-alpine…

Kananaskis Hikes: Opal Ridge South

If you're looking for Kananaskis hikes that deliver big time on mountain views be sure to include the steep hike up Opal Ridge South. The hike is full of surprises - the good kind - especially after you get through a steep, rather nasty section of scree. The route up Opal Ridge South Start at the north end of the parking lot at the gas station across from the Fortress Mountain turn-off on Highway 40.…

A Snowshoeing Adventure at Fortress Mountain

Even if you're a keen Alberta based snowshoer, there's a pretty good chance that you've never had a snowshoeing adventure at Fortress Mountain in Kananaskis Country. Access is restricted to snowshoe tours led by White Mountain Adventures, cat skiing with KPOW or film makers including those that make Hollywood movies like The Revenant, Inception and The Bourne Legacy. Just don't go expecting to take pictures of anyone filming or the movie stars. That's all verboten…

The Fabulous Forgetmenot Ridge Hike in Kananaskis Country

With easy accessibility off Highway 66 near Bragg Creek, the Forgetnenot Ridge hike is one of five great hikes that you can do in the area - the others being Prairie Mountain, Moose Mountain, Nihahi Ridge and Powderface Ridge. The hard part of the hike isn't the initial steep climb but finding the trailhead. It probably took us 25 minutes of false starts before we were sure we were heading in the right direction. Once…

The Hike to Burstall Pass in Kananaskis Country

On a recent summer Sunday our extended family of four made the two hour drive to Kananaskis Country with the specific intent of hiking up to Chester Lake. But once we got to the parking lot we saw a trail closed sign because of bear activity. Rather than drive any further we made the decision to hike to Burstall Pass as the trailhead was directly across the road - and it was open. Burstall Pass…

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