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Skiing the Wapta Traverse in Alberta

One of the premiere hut-to-hut ski trips in North America is the Wapta Traverse. It rivals the classics - like the Haute Route that you'll find in the Alps. And it's very accessible. Over its 45 kilometre length (if you do the whole thing) you are treated to big in your face mountain and glacier vistas, incredible morning and evening light shows, epic, spine-tingling descents along with some incredible glacier skiing if you hit the…

3 Amazing Rocky Mountain Lodges You’ll Want to Visit

Are you looking for a winter getaway - one that offers three different lodge experiences - all set against a Rocky Mountain backdrop? Last weekend I had such a getaway. My only complaint - especially with all the great snow in the mountains - is that I wish it was longer. Two nights in each lodge would be ideal - or a couple of three night stays would be even better so you could really…

5 Easy Winter Adventures in the Canadian Rockies

With light fading rapidly and lives that are all too busy and plugged in, most of us need a boost to make us feel alive, especially at this time of year. One of the most effective ways to beat the winter blahs is to get outside. And one of the prettiest places in the world to do this is in the Canadian Rockies. Here are 5 easy winter adventures in the Canadian Rockies that will chase…

The President Range Hiking Trails in Yoho National Park

Hiking in BC and looking for mountain splendour? Try the President Range hiking trails in Yoho National Park. Our plan last weekend went like this - backpack to Stanley Mitchell Hut via the Yoho Valley Trail and spend the night. The next day - after a long leisurely breakfast -  hike to Kiwetinok Lake, four kilometres away. Finish up the three day trip by backpacking out on the magnificent Iceline Trail. The weekend mostly went…

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…

Exploring the Natural Bridge in Yoho National Park

Last weekend John and I were in Yoho National Park with his mother who was visiting for her 80th birthday. We had a few things planned - an easy hike around Emerald Lake and a spa treatment at the Post Hotel. Still there was enough time to explore whatever came our way. And that happened to be a Natural Bridge. Now just how excited can you get about a natural rock bridge? Moderately excited as it turns…

What it’s Like to Stay at Cathedral Mountain Lodge in Yoho National Park

If you're a log cabin fan then chances are you'll love the well-appointed Cathedral Mountain Lodge in British Columbia's Yoho National Park. The lodge is close to both Lake Louise in Banff National Park and the picturesque town of Field, BC. Cathedral Mountain Lodge sits next to the glacier fed Kicking Horse River on a side road that takes you up to splendid Takakkaw Falls and one of the most scenic hikes in the Rockies - The Iceline…

The Beautiful Family-Friendly Emerald Lake Hike

Updated April 2019 The exceptionally beautiful Emerald Lake hike in Yoho National Park is the perfect outing for a young family or - as in my case for my visiting mother-in-law who turned 80 just days before we visited. It's also the base for a number of longer, harder hikes including the Emerald Basin Trail, the Yoho Pass Trail, the Hamilton Lake Trail and the famous Burgess Pass Trail. The Burgess Pass Trail takes you…

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…

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