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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…

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…

What it’s Like to Stay at Cathedral Mountain Lodge in BC

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

The Emerald Lake hike, one of the exceptionally beautiful ones 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. The Emerald Lake hike is 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…

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…

Hiking the Spectacular Iceline Trail near Field, BC

The spectacular Iceline Trail located near Field, British Columbia in Yoho National Park joins the my list of all time favorite hikes. High impact scenery is the name of the game - almost from start to finish. The only downside is that it's a popular trail especially on a weekend, so don't go expecting solitude. Options for hiking the Iceline Trail You can do what I did and complete a loop over a couple of…

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