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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…

The Lake Oesa Hike in Yoho National Park, BC

The hike to Lake Oesa from Lake O'Hara in Yoho National Park is short, easy  and family-friendly. It rewards with incredible mountain scenery and a turquoise-coloured lake in a spectacular mountain setting. 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 parking lot. But that's another story. 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…

7 Things to do in Yoho National Park, British Columbia

Interested in what things you can do in Yoho National Park? This Canadian Rocky Mountain Park is one of the four contiguous national parks in the Rockies that received UNESCO status in 1984. Yoho National Park is located between Golden, British Columbia and Lake Louise, Alberta. The park which has been around since 1886, sits entirely in British Columbia, with a visitor centre located just outside the pretty town of Field. Yoho National Park is…

A Winter Weekend at Lake OHara Lodge in BC

A weekend at Lake OHara lodge in Yoho National Park is the perfect prescription to chase any winter blues you might have away. Lake OHara 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…

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