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The Lake Agnes Teahouse – Little Beehive Hike near Lake Louise

The Lake Agnes Teahouse - Little Beehive hike delivers some of the best scenery in the Alberta Rockies - though the hike up to the teahouse is often ridiculously busy.  The locals often avoid the area like the plague because of the crowds - but if you've come from afar you need to see Lake Louise. Plan to be at the parking lot by 9:30 AM at the latest if you don't want to park way down on…

Can Hiking With a Grizzly Bear Expert Make the Wild Cool Again?

Can real turtles compete with ninja turtles when it comes to garnering people's attention? I hadn't given it much thought until I had the chance to hear Casey Anderson, host of National Geographic WILD series at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. "My goal is to make wild cool again," said Anderson as he kicked off a ninety-minute presentation on this experiences with captive animals and as a producer of several wildlife shows. Thirteen years ago,…

An Outstanding Hike to the Summit of Fairview Mountain

A hike up Fairview Mountain wasn't our first choice last weekend. We'd actually planned to hike to Kindersley Pass in Kootenay National Park. I'd heard great things about the trail and as a bonus it can be done as a loop hike. But as we drove south towards Radium Hot Springs the weather looked bad with lots of heavy, rain filled clouds hanging over the mountains. We aborted 15 minutes south of Castle Junction. I had a guide book…

Driving Vancouver to Calgary? 10 Adventures Worth Doing Along the Way

It's a 10 - 11 hour, 1,000 kilometre drive  from Vancouver to Calgary if you stick to the Trans-Canada Highway. You could easily spend a week stopping at small towns along the way and taking advantage of all the hiking and biking opportunities. If you're not in a rush and you want to maximize the scenic factor then consider driving to Whistler from Vancouver via the Sea to Sky Highway and continuing east from Kamloops. On…

5 Easy Cross Country Ski Trails in Banff National Park

Banff National Park has much to offer the winter visitor. You can choose from downhill skiing at three different resorts (Sunshine, Lake Louise and Mt. Norquay), snowshoeing and skating, cross-country skiing and at the end of every day you can immerse yourself in the steamy waters of the Banff Hot Springs. I am a big fan of cross country skiing in Banff National Park for many reasons. It's free once you're in the park and…

Backpacking to Baker Lake, Skoki Area, Banff National Park

Last week I did a three day backpacking trip to Baker Lake in the Skoki area of Banff National Park with my brother and my 13 year old niece - neither of whom had ever backpacked. I'd chosen the trip to Baker Lake because it was rated as easy. But frankly anytime you're carrying a heavy backpack up into the mountains for four plus hours it's not easy. But it is definitely worthwhile! Our plan…

Snowshoeing to Lake Agnes Teahouse Above Lake Louise

I spent a few very enjoyable hours snowshoeing by myself to the Lake Agnes Teahouse above Lake Louise. I'd hiked the same trail in July. The experience was 100% different - though both were great. In the summer the Lake Agnes Teahouse hike is known for its crowds. On the day I snowshoed to Lake Agnes I met one person at the very beginning of the trail (at 10:30 AM) and I didn't see another…

Lake Louise Skiing: The Fairview & Tramline Trails

Lake Louise skiing on the Fairview and Tramline trails is an incredible way to spend a day, especially because in this part of the world snow comes early and stays late, there's lots of it and the backdrop is world-class Rocky Mountain scenery. It really doesn't get much better than this. At last count there are at least 17 cross-country ski trails in the Lake Louise corridor. They range in difficulty from novice all the way through…

A Hike to the Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House

It's a beautiful hike to the Plain of the Six Glaciers Tea House, 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 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 get over that then you'll be treated to the…

A Hike to the Lake Agnes Tea House at Lake Louise

Yesterday did not start well. Chock that up to a longer than anticipated drive to Lake Louise from Calgary, the longest lines I've ever seen to get into Banff National Park (I have a yearly pass but our guests did not and spent 30 minutes waiting for one), unbelievable crowds at Lake Louise and parking nightmares. But there was a reward for our troubles - the hike to the Lake Agnes Tea House above Lake…

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