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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…

10 of My Favourite One Day Hikes in British Columbia & Alberta

With the summer hiking season around the corner I thought I would share with you 10 of my favourite one day hikes in British Columbia and Alberta. I've obviously missed some great ones - but that's okay - as I too want a reason to keep exploring. For those of you who prefer longer outings you can check out my post - The Top 5 Backpacking Trips in the Canadian Rockies. My favourite one day hikes in British…

Hiking the Lake O’Hara Alpine Circuit in Yoho National Park

Hiking the Lake O'Hara Alpine circuit in Yoho National Park should be on every hiker's bucket list. You'll be rewarded with sublime scenery from start to finish, turquoise coloured lakes and lichen covered rocks twisted into impossible shapes as well as challenging trails. The route was designed by Lawrence Grassi - a man who wore many hats including that of park warden at Lake O'Hara, stonemason, miner and the person whom the Grassi Lakes above…

Hiking to Lake Oesa in Yoho National Park, BC

Updated April 2019 If you want a short, easy - even family-friendly hike that rewards with incredible mountain scenery and a turquoise-coloured lake, look no further than the hike to Lake Oesa from Lake O'Hara in Yoho National Park. It's a straight forward 6.6 kilometre (4.1 mile) round trip hike with only 240 metres of elevation gain - providing of course you start at Lake O'Hara and you haven't had to walk in from the…

A Daunting Hike to Abbott Pass Hut on the Alberta-BC Border

Updated April 2019 Please note that the Abbott Pass Hut is closed while repairs are made to stabilize and repair the hillside. Check in with the Alpine Club of Canada to learn more.  About a month ago I was invited by the media group representing Travel Alberta to join them on a two day combination hike and scree climb to the precariously situated Abbott Pass Hut on the Alberta - BC border. Their goal is to produce…

What to do on a Trip to Yoho National Park in British Columbia

Have you ever driven the Trans-Canada Highway between Golden, British Columbia and Lake Louise, Alberta? If you have then you've driven through Yoho National Park, a park that's been around since 1886. The park sits entirely in British Columbia, with a visitor centre located just outside the pretty town of Field. Yoho National Park is famous for its high impact scenery. Stunning hiking trails - 400 kilometres of them, can keep you busy for weeks.…

A Winter Weekend at Lake O’Hara Lodge in Yoho National Park

A weekend at Lake O'Hara Lodge in Yoho National Park is the perfect prescription to chase any winter blues you might have away. Lake O'Hara Lodge first showed up on my radar screen after reading an article several years ago in the Globe and Mail titled Our Favourite Places. The photo and the description of the lodge and surrounding area stayed with me; and now after spending two nights up at Lake O'Hara Lodge, I understand…

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