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Views Up And Down Lake Minnewanka

The Aylmer Lookout Hike in Banff National Park

The Aylmer Lookout Trail is one of the great early season hikes in Banff National Park. There is the option to add extra mileage and hike to Aylmer Pass or even up Aylmer Mountain. The trail follows Lake Minnewanka for much of its length - and after a stiff climb towards Aylmer Lookout delivers superlative views up and down the lake. But be warned. Although it's not a hard hike, it is a long one. To Aylmer…

Cycling Towards Lake Minnewanka

5 Great Bike Rides in the Banff Area

There is excellent mountain and road biking in and around the town of Banff. In just a few hours you can get a good taste of the area and hit some of the iconic spots - without getting caught up in traffic. Mountain biking seems to be growing - partially as there has been some trail building in the last few years in the Tunnel Mountain area. But if you're not into mountain biking, there…

Bighorn Sheep Don't Seem To Mind Cyclists Or Cars

Biking in Canmore, Alberta’s Friendly Mountain Town

I could live in Canmore, a mountain town located an hour west of Calgary, and only minutes from Banff National Park. It's truly an outdoor adventurer's paradise. What I particularly love about the town is the fact you can walk out your door from just about anywhere in town and within minutes be biking or hiking on some amazing trails. Biking in Canmore is popular, whether it be mountain biking or road biking. This post…

Glorious Cascade Fire Road Skiing

Cascade Fire Road Skiing in Banff National Park

Where can you cross-country ski if you're in the Banff area? How about the easy Cascade Fire Road for skiing? You'd think it was the Christmas season with the number of people out on the Cascade Fire Road skiing the day I visited. Perhaps it was just the perfect combination of safe driving conditions, blue skies, sunshine and great snow that packed the parking lot to overflowing. Whatever it was we joined the throngs of…

Looking Out Over Lake Minnewanka

The Lake Minnewanka Hike Near Banff, Alberta

I was looking for a good shoulder season hike - something that would offer up great scenery but wouldn't take me into snow. The other factor was that my brother was visiting and he hadn't been to Banff National Park in over thirty years. And he wanted wildlife. The Lake Minnewanka hike, which is accessed just 15 minutes from downtown Banff, delivered on both accounts. I highly recommend it as a great shoulder season hike…

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