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Beautiful Views On The Little Beehive Hike

10 Breathtaking Lake Louise Hikes, Banff National Park

Lake Louise hikes are some of the best you'll find in Banff National Park - and even Canada. Superlative mountain and alpine lake scenery is the reward for your efforts. The downside to most but not all of the Lake Louise hikes are the sheer number of people on the popular trails - especially Lake Agnes and the Plain of Six Glaciers.  If you can do it, book accommodation somewhere close to Lake Louise so…

Looking Across To The Lake Louise Ski Resort

What to Do in Winter in Lake Louise

Winter in Lake Louise may be cold but it sure is pretty. There's loads to do for skiers and non-skiers alike. A frozen lake with the most beautiful skating rink in the world set against a backdrop of truly stunning mountain scenery may be the first thing people think of when they think winter in Lake Louise. But within 25 - 30 minutes of Lake Louise Village there are an incredible number of outstanding outdoor…

Looking Over To Lake Agnes And The Big Beehive

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 tea house 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…

Looking Down To Lake Louise From Just Below The Summit

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. We finally settled on the…

Dramatic Lighting Over Revelstoke

Driving Vancouver to Calgary: 10 Stops Along the Way

Driving from Vancouver to Calgary is a 10 - 11 hour, 1,000 kilometre road-trip if you stick to the Trans-Canada Highway. But you could easily spend a week stopping at small towns along the way and taking advantage of all the hiking, biking and adventurous activities.  If you're not in a rush and you want to maximize the scenic factor then consider driving from Vancouver to Calgary via Whistler and the Sea to Sky Highway…

Cross Country Skiing Near Lake Louise

5 Easy Cross Country Ski Trails in Banff National Park

I am a big fan of the cross country ski trails in Banff National Park for many reasons. Even on the coldest days you stay warm  unlike my experience downhill skiing. You see some of the most pristine country on the planet - often with few people around. Check out these 5 suggestions for easy cross country ski trails in Banff National Park. Remember to always go prepared with the 10 essentials no matter what…

Baker Lake Is Beautiful In The Morning Light

Backpacking to Baker Lake in Banff National Park

In early August one summer I did a three day backpacking trip to Baker Lake in Banff National Park with my brother and 13 year old niece - neither of whom had ever backpacked before. I'd chosen the hike to Baker Lake in Banff 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 that easy. But it is definitely worthwhile!…

Frozen Mirror Lake With The Beehive In The Back

Snowshoeing on the Lake Agnes Trail to the Teahouse

I spent a few very enjoyable hours snowshoeing by myself on the Lake Agnes Trail. I took it all the way 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 trail is known for its crowds. On the day I snowshoed to Lake Agnes I met one person at the very beginning of…

Cross Country Skiing Near Lake Louise

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…

Beautiful Scenery At The End Of The Plain Of Six Glaciers Hike

The Plain of Six Glaciers Hike near Lake Louise

The Plain of Six Glaciers hike which ends near a tea house above Lake Louise is a beauty. But the crowds are there unless you pick your times - early mornings, late afternoons or in the fall when the crowds have dispersed. It's an interesting hike because of the views it affords of Lake Louise from a different angle and the glaciers near the end point. The hike to the Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse…

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