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Banff Hikes: The Aylmer Lookout Trail

One of the great early season Banff hikes is the Aylmer Lookout Trail with 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 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 Lookout its 23.4 kilometres return;…

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…

Canmore, Alberta: A Hiking and Biking Destination

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 hiking or biking on some amazing trails. Cycling in the Canmore area Bow River Valley Trails If you're looking for an easy, scenic and family friendly bike…

Where to Cross Country Ski: The Cascade Fire Road near Banff

Where to cross country ski if you're in the Banff area? How about the easy Cascade Fire Road? You'd think it was the Christmas season with the number of cross country skiers out on the Cascade Fire Road yesterday. Or 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 skiers for a great day…

An Outstanding Shoulder Season Hike Near Banff, Alberta

I was looking for a good hike yesterday - 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 for over thirty years. And he wanted wildlife. The trail along Lake Minnewanka, just 15 minutes from downtown Banff delivered on both accounts. I can highly recommend it as a great shoulder season hike - for May,…

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