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What the Rocky Mountaineer Train Ride is Really Like

The day started early. I left the comfort of my luxurious Fairmont Hotel Vancouver bed to be whisked in a bus along with hundreds of others to the Rocky Mountaineer train terminal. And that's when the magic unfolded. Walking into the airy train terminal, John and I were immediately greeted with three things - glasses of orange juice, a coffee bar and gorgeous music coming from the grand piano. It didn't take long to get…

5 Hikes with the Best Views in the Alberta Rockies

When you’re visiting the Alberta Rockies, there’s nothing quite like going for a hike to get up close and personal with nature. Here are five hikes offering some of the best views in the Alberta Rockies. Little Beehive hike The Little Beehive hike is a classic in the Lake Louise area, with wonderful views of Lake Louise, Mirror Lake and Lake Agnes. If you’re feeling energetic you can stop at the Lake Agnes Teahouse on your way…

A Dog Sledding Tour near Banff You’ll Want to Do

Is dog sledding on your bucket list? If it isn't, it should be. It's so much fun - whether you're snuggled up with your significant other or you're actually on the back of the sled mushing the dogs. On the downhills it can be a real thrill - the faster you go the more exciting it gets. You'll also find the enthusiasm of the dogs to be contagious. If you're suffering from the winter blahs…

8 Backcountry Lodges in BC and Alberta

If you want to make the most of a long, snowy winter one of the best things you can do is visit backcountry lodges in BC and Alberta. I'd also suggest these lodges in summer as world-class hiking destinations. Nothing beats walking out the front door to start a hike.  Embrace the seasons it is what I say. And what better way to embrace whatever Mother Nature throws at you than to visit one of…

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…

Backcountry Skiing to Skoki Lodge via Boulder and Deception Passes

Backcountry skiing to Skoki Lodge via Boulder and Deception Passes can be challenging but only under whiteout conditions. Otherwise it's straightforward. I have already written about what awaits you when you finally get to Skoki Lodge - but first you're going to have to get there. In the winter that means you need to backcountry ski or snowshoe eleven kilometres in from Temple Lodge at the Lake Louise Ski Resort, accessed via a gondola ride…

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