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Mount Lorette Ponds for a Nature Fix

The Mount Lorette Ponds in Alberta’s Bow Valley Provincial Park haven’t always been in existence. At one point they were an oxbow (a u-shaped bend) on the Kananaskis River but were cut off when Highway 40 was upgraded. Instead of letting the ponds die, someone recognized their potential and tapped into a groundwater source that replenishes the ponds several times a year. Now they are a scenic spot for nature viewing, fishing, picnicking and even a short paddle.  It took me years of driving Hig...
Tags: Travel, Canada, John, Alberta, Calgary, Barrow, Kananaskis, Kananaskis Country, Troll Falls, Stoney Trail, Kananaskis River, Bow Valley Provincial Park, Mount Lorette Ponds, Mount Lorette, Canmore Beautiful, Trans Canada Highway via Highway

Park Bagger – Adventures in Canada’s National Parks

British mountaineer Sir Hugh Munro used the term “peak bagger” in the 1890s to describe climbers who set out to summit all of the highest peaks in Scotland. “Munro bagging,” which morphed into the term “Peak bagging,” later migrated to North America, where today it’s used by nature-lovers like author and conservationist Marlis Butcher, who proudly calls herself a “park bagger.”  Butcher has led the way for outdoorsy folks who aim to visit all 48 national parks of Canada, and that’s the gist of h...
Tags: Travel, Scotland, Book Reviews, Toronto, Earth, Canada, National Parks, Arctic, North America, Calgary, Arctic Circle, Parks Canada, Thule, Labrador, BAGGER, Sitka

Mount Burke Hike in Kananaskis Country

I think many of us get into a routine when it comes to going to the mountains. For me that means heading to either Banff National Park, Kananaskis Country south of Highway 40 or the Bragg Creek area. However, I have been on the lookout for a new early season mountain hike and discovered Mount Burke – thanks once again to @mcc617 (Don McCready) on Instagram. He posted a photo on March 19th along the ridge to Mount Burke and I was instantly hooked. Fast forward to an unseasonably warm, windless ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Hiking, Alberta, Calgary, Don, Burke, Mila, Longview, Kananaskis, Kananaskis Country, Bragg Creek, Highwood Pass, Foran Grade, Fire Lookout, Mount Burke Hike

Foran Grade and Windy Point Hike

The Foran Grade and Windy Point hike is a great choice for anyone who lives in the Calgary area and is eager for a hike that delivers great mountain views starting early in the season. I wouldn’t do this hike in the summer when there are more interesting choices, but I’d come back again in the fall to catch the vibrant colours. The effort to reward ratio on this hike is high. The Foran Grade trail hooks up with many other trails at well-signed intersections, so there are many days worth of hik...
Tags: Travel, Hiking, John, Alberta, Calgary, Rosie, Longview, Sheep River, Kananaskis Country, Turner Valley, Highwood Pass, Foran Grade, Sheep River Valley, Sheep River Road, Sandy McNab

The Horton Hill Hike in Alberta’s Kananaskis Country

The Horton Hill hike, just an hour’s drive from Calgary in Kananaskis Country isn’t going to be the kind of hike most people are looking for. There is no trailhead, signage, or even a formal trail, though there is the odd piece of fluorescent flagging tape around. But it is surprisingly easy to find your way to the top, if you have any sense of direction and you just head up. Horton Hill is the forested hill located behind the Tim Horton Children’s Ranch. There used to be a trail from the ranc...
Tags: Travel, Google, Hiking, Alberta, Calgary, Douglas, Tim Horton, Trans Canada Highway, Kananaskis, Kananaskis Country, Gillean Daffern, Barrier Lake, Trans Canada Highway Highway, Kananaskis Trail Hikes, Alberta Three Lakes Valley, Baldy Pass

Himiway Electric Bike: All Terrain Model Review

A large bike box containing the 72-pound Himiway all terrain electric cruiser bike showed up on my doorstep recently. It had taken three weeks to make it to Calgary from California via UPS ground, but it arrived in one piece with all bits inside carefully wrapped up – and everything in its place. Important parts like derailleurs were taped with protective layers. And there was a box holding all the accessories which made it way easier to assemble. I already have a mountain bike and a hybrid bi...
Tags: Travel, California, US, UPS, Czech Republic, Canada, Biking, John, Calgary, Peterborough, Electric Bike, Canmore, Kananaskis, David Webb, Banff Legacy Trail, Goat Creek Trail

Nordegg Alberta – An Undiscovered Gem in the Rockies

The town of Nordegg Alberta is an undiscovered gem in the Canadian Rockies. Situated almost exactly halfway between Rocky Mountain House and Saskatchewan River Crossing, it is in an area well-suited for year-round adventures. When John and I stopped in for a snack in Nordegg years ago while on the way to do a loop drive back to Calgary via Highway 11 and the Icefields Parkway, we didn’t really give the town a second glance. Fast forward to 2021 and I am a fan. It’s not that Nordegg will wow you ...
Tags: Travel, Jasper, John, Alberta, Calgary, Banff, Rockies, Lake Louise, Saskatoon, Icefields Parkway, Banff Lake Louise, Don, Isaac, Danielle, David Thompson, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Mesa Butte Hike Near Millarville

The Mesa Butte hike is a short, easy hike that is ideal after a lazy morning of eating pancakes and drinking coffee or a pick me up after a long day at work. The hike is located near Millarville, Alberta in Mesa Butte Provincial Recreation Area. The trail starts directly across from the Mesa Butte Equestrian Campground.  Even though the Mesa Butte hike is a short one that you can knock off in 1 – 2 hours, it delivers when it comes to scenery. There’s a lot of variety from pretty forested secti...
Tags: Travel, Hiking, Nice, Alberta, Calgary, Don, Mesa, Kananaskis Country, Bragg Creek, Cowboy Trail, Millarville Alberta, Kananaskis Trail Hikes, Whaleback Ridge, Mesa Butte, Mesa Butte Provincial Recreation Area The trail, Mesa Butte Equestrian Campground

The Easy Mesa Butte Hike Near Millarville, Alberta

The Mesa Butte hike is a short, easy hike that is ideal after a lazy morning of eating pancakes and drinking coffee or a pick me up after a long day at work. The hike is located near Millarville, Alberta in Mesa Butte Provincial Recreation Area. The trail starts directly across from the Mesa Butte Equestrian Campground.  Even though the Mesa Butte hike is a short one that you can knock off in 1 – 2 hours, it delivers when it comes to scenery. There’s a lot of variety from pretty forested secti...
Tags: Travel, Hiking, Nice, Alberta, Calgary, Don, Mesa, Kananaskis Country, Bragg Creek, Cowboy Trail, Kananaskis Country Click, Easy Hikes, Millarville Alberta, Kananaskis Trail Hikes, Whaleback Ridge, Mesa Butte

#UAE News: #AbuDhabi Utility Taqa to Weigh Sale of Oil and Gas Assets - Bloomberg

UAE News: Abu Dhabi Utility Taqa to Weigh Sale of Oil and Gas Assets - BloombergAbu Dhabi National Energy Co. is considering options for its oil and gas assets, including a potential sale, as the state-owned utility focuses more on power generation, people familiar with the matter said.The company, also known as Taqa, is speaking with potential advisers as it reviews a business that spans countries including the U.K. and Canada, the people said, asking not to be identified as the matter is priva...
Tags: Travel, Bloomberg, Canada, Abu Dhabi, Calgary, North Sea, Uae, U K, BP Plc, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Taqa, Abu Dhabi Power Corp, AbuDhabi Utility Taqa, Abu Dhabi Utility Taqa, United Arab Emirates The city, Northrock Resources

Winter in Jasper – The Ultimate 3 Day Getaway

Winter in Jasper is divine. Once the snow arrives, the town is transformed into a true Canadian winter wonderland . Not only is it a quiet place to visit in winter compared to the summer, it’s an exceptional base for cold weather-adventures. Anyone who is prepared to bundle up and enjoy the fresh air and outdoors, will love to explore the area. There’s so much to do from skiing and boarding to skating, ice walks, winter walks, fat biking and dark sky viewing, and almost all of it is within a ...
Tags: Travel, Winter, Canada, Jasper, Quebec, Alberta, Calgary, Edmonton, Medicine Lake, Rockies, Lake Louise, Jasper National Park, Marmot Basin, Icefields Parkway, Parks Canada, Valley

A Guide to Visiting the Abraham Lake Bubbles

Abraham Lake in Alberta’s David Thompson Country is the largest reservoir in the province. Water is backed up behind the Bighorn Dam (built in 1972) on the North Saskatchewan River. There is a fascinating phenomenon that happens every winter when methane gas bubbles derived from below get trapped in the ice on the lake. This creates wonderful patterns and effects in the ice. The ice bubbles are thought to be derived from decomposing organic material submerged when the reservoir was filling. Ther...
Tags: Travel, Jasper, Red Cross, Alberta, Calgary, Edmonton, Banff, Grey, Lake Louise, Don, Icefield Parkway, Abraham, David Thompson, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Lake Abraham, North Saskatchewan River

What to Do on a Winter Road Trip to Southwest Alberta

Are you itching to go somewhere, anywhere for a change of scenery and a reboot? How about a winter road trip to southwest Alberta? If you live in the Calgary – Edmonton – Canmore corridor, you can knock off the drive in as little as 2.5 hours if you’re coming from Calgary and in just six hours if you’re driving from Edmonton. I’d suggest a loop drive – taking Highway 22, the beautiful Cowboy Highway south to the Crowsnest Pass area and returning via Highway 2 after a stop in Waterton Lakes Nat...
Tags: Travel, US, Canada, Airbnb, Brian, John, Alberta, Calgary, Edmonton, Banff, Banff Lake Louise, Alpine Club, Mec, Coleman, Southern Alberta, Kanata

The Baldy Pass Trail in Alberta’s Kananaskis Country

The popular Baldy Pass trail is one of the closest trails to Calgary in the mountains, so it’s popular from that standpoint alone. It’s a short and easy hike, though it will be moderate for those who don’t hike often. Most people will be able to knock off the 7.4 km return hike in two – three hours. With only 422 m of elevation gain, it’s also a great choice for families. I have done the Baldy Pass Trail in both summer and winter – and find the winter hike to be more beautiful. I think f or t...
Tags: Travel, Hiking, Alberta, Calgary, Craig, Banff National Park, Don, Canmore, Trans Canada Highway, Kananaskis, Mount Baldy, Kathy Copeland, Kananaskis Country, Mount Engadine Lodge, Nakiska Ski Resort, Kananaskis Village

The Jura Creek Hike Near Canmore, Alberta

The Jura Creek hike near Canmore is a family-friendly outing with an option to add a level of difficulty by doing a loop hike that includes a scramble of Doorjamb and Loder Peak. Another alternative once out of the canyon and past the false fault, is to walk up Jura Creek for many kilometres. Near the end of Jura Creek, you can climb Morrowmount (in the summer or fall), a peak named for Patrick Morrow, the second Canadian to summit Mount Everest. That’s approximately a 20 – 22 km return hike wit...
Tags: Travel, Utah, Hiking, Alberta, Mount Everest, Calgary, Banff National Park, Canmore, Trans Canada, Grotto Canyon, Exshaw, Alberta Parks, Kananaskis Country Click, Mountain Lakes, Jura Creek, Jura Creek Hike Near Canmore Alberta

Ice Walks in Alberta – Three Unforgettable Experiences

There are three ice walks in Alberta – and they all provide unforgettable experiences. Enjoy a high fun factor as you slip slide along frozen rivers, stopping to admire icy waterfalls or beautiful ice formations. On one of the ice walks in Alberta you can slither into a cave and stand behind a curtain of frozen water. On another, you can enjoy the view down into a multi-hued canyon while standing on a cantilevered catwalk while on, yet another ice walk you can if you know where to look, find pic...
Tags: Travel, Winter, Hiking, Jasper, Alberta, Calgary, Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Johnston Canyon, Kananaskis, Maligne Canyon, Maligne Canyon Ice Walk, Lower Falls, Upper Falls, Grotto Canyon, Grotto Canyon Ice Walk

20 Things in 2020 That Made it a Surprisingly Good Year

We all know that 2020 was an insanely awful year – a year we want to put behind us even if it’s one we’ll talk about for the rest of our lives. While I was certainly affected, I was also spared the worst of 2020. No one I was close to caught the virus (though my mother was in a long term care home that saw a major outbreak.) I always had food on my table, and my husband who is my best friend, was always there for me. I never had to live with my own company for months on end and I knew I could pa...
Tags: Travel, Utah, Sweden, US, Toronto, Ted, Canada, 2020, Arizona, Norway, John, Alberta, Calgary, Lofoten Islands, Lake Louise, Banff National Park

12 Great Alberta Hikes You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Looking for some new Alberta hikes that not everyone knows about? Over the years, I have explored some of the less well-known areas of the province and discovered numerous hikes that aren’t very popular – yet. On some, I’ve barely seen a soul and on others there’s been moderate traffic. While a couple of these Alberta hikes aren’t as drop-dead gorgeous as the popular ones you’ll find in the Lake Louise area or even Kananaskis Country, they’re still worthy of your time. Several of these Alberta...
Tags: Travel, Google, Hiking, Canada, Dyson, ANN, Alberta, Calgary, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Icefields Parkway, Collett, Kananaskis, North Saskatchewan River, Yellowhead Highway, Red Deer

10 of the Best Yoho National Park Hikes

Yoho National Park in British Columbia isn’t very big compared to its next-door neighbour – Banff National Park. But the park is one I’d highly recommend visiting if you’re doing any kind of cross-Canada road trip or even the popular Vancouver to Calgary drive because what it lacks in size, it makes up for in mountain splendour! It’s also accessible as a day trip from Calgary, Banff, Lake Louise and Golden. Yoho National Park is one of four Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks known for their inc...
Tags: Travel, Hiking, Unesco, Canada, Vancouver, John, Reserve, British Columbia, Calgary, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Field, Abbott, Alpine Club, Stanley Mitchell Hut, Yoho National Park

Pre-Travel Test Results Must Be Received Prior to Flight to Hawaii + Canadian Pre-Travel Testing Program with Hawaii Announced

Governor Ige and his team announced some major new changes/additions to Hawaii’s pre-travel testing program. Before we get into the details of those news items, we’d like to say mahalo to Angie Palmer for supplying today’s lovely Aloha Friday Photo. — Last night, November 19th, the governor held a lengthy press conference announcing a couple of important changes/additions to the pre-travel testing program: Travelers must have test results prior to the departure of the final leg of their flight...
Tags: Travel, Air Canada, Canada, United States, Hawaii, Calgary, Westjet, David Ige, Ige, Aloha Friday Photo, Canada Travel, Angie Palmer, Hawaiʻi State Department of Health, Coronavirus COVID 19, Hawaii Canadian Pre Travel Testing Program, Air Canada Here

The Elk Lakes – Petain Basin Hike in British Columbia

For a magnificent but long day hike or an outstanding 3 – 4-day backpacking trip that offers waterfalls, gorgeous mountain lakes, wildflowers, glaciers, and the enchanting Petain Basin, visit Elk Lakes Provincial Park in British Columbia. Specifically do the hike to Lower and Upper Elk Lake and the Petain Waterfall. If you’ve got the time and the stamina continue up the very steep trail to explore the spectacular Petain Basin after the snow has melted in late July. It’s possible to wild camp up ...
Tags: Travel, Hiking, John, British Columbia, Alberta, Calgary, Elk River, Elk Lakes Provincial Park, Matt, Fox Lake, Sparwood, Peter Lougheed, Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Alberta British Columbia, Fox Creek, Frozen Lake

Bow Valley Provincial Park – A Year Round Destination

Bow Valley Provincial Park, less than an hour’s drive west of Calgary, is a great year-round destination. The park is blessed with a varied landscape that includes a section along the glacier-fed Bow River at the confluence of the Kananaskis River, grasslands, boreal forest and a bit of the front range of the Canadian Rockies. In summer Bow Valley Provincial Park is a wonderful place to go camping (though be prepared for some highway and train noise), hiking, horseback riding and kayaking. Un...
Tags: Travel, Camping, Alberta, Calgary, Banff, Don, Canmore, Moody, Trans Canada Highway, Bow River, Canmore Banff, Alberta Parks, Alberta Kinbrook Island Provincial Park, Kananaskis River, Bow Valley Provincial Park, Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park

The Larch Valley Hike – Sentinel Pass Hike in Fall

It’s larch season in Alberta. What that means is seemingly sane people do insane things. Take myself for example. Yesterday, I rose at 3:15 AM and was in the car driving towards Lake Louise by 3:30 AM. I had been closely monitoring the weather forecasts across three stations and was keen on picking a clear day in the mountains. Even though the forecast wasn’t ideal, the weather looked to be worsening over the week so I went. (It turned out to be a way better day than forecast!) My goal was to do...
Tags: Travel, Hiking, Canada, Alberta, Calgary, Banff, Rockies, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Paradise Valley, Valley, Moraine Lake, Paradise Creek, Pinnacle Mountain, Mount Temple, Arethusa Cirque Hike

Is the Banff Gondola – Sky Bistro Experience Worth It?

Three years ago in August 2017, John and I had a date to ride the Banff Gondola and dine at the Sky Bistro. But the smoke was thick and the views non-existent so we nixed it. Fast forward to September 2020 and we finally made the trip up. I’m sorry it took us so long. Now that I’ve finally ridden the Banff Gondola, I’d call it one of the best experiences to have in Banff – especially when combined with a sunset dinner at the Sky Bistro. Over the eight minutes it takes to be whisked up Sulphur ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, John, Alberta, Calgary, Banff, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Don, Rundle, Sanson, Basin, Tunnel Mountain, Lake Louise Looking, Tonquin Valley, Mount Royal Hotel

A Hiking Road Trip in the Canadian Badlands of Alberta

The Canadian Badlands cover a large swath of south central Alberta, equivalent to an area slightly larger than Hungary. From northeast of Red Deer south to the United States border and east to Saskatchewan, you’ll find Canada’s finest badland scenery. But that’s not all. The Canadian Badlands are home to one of the greatest collections of dinosaur bones in the world, loads of super-cool geologic formations including hoodoos along with 35 provincial parks and natural areas. The badlands scenery i...
Tags: Travel, Hiking, Hungary, Canada, United States, Alberta, Calgary, Saskatchewan, Rocky Mountains, Unesco World Heritage, Brooks, Labrador, Lethbridge, Bow River, Horseshoe Canyon, Torngat Mountains

A Canoe Trip in Canada You Probably Won’t Want to Do

We’re eight kilometres into a 290 kilometre canoe trip in northern Saskatchewan and I’m already wondering how I’m going to survive two weeks of paddling. It’s not the bugs, the rain or the mildly hypothermic temperatures I’m worried about – but our campsite we’ve had to carve out of the forest on a bed of slippery reindeer moss. Is this what we’re going to have to do every night for two weeks I wonder to myself? John and I have driven 1,200 kilometres to Reindeer Lake in northern Saskatchewan ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Canada, John, North America, Alberta, Calgary, Southend, Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Ontario, Manitoba, Yellowknife, Algonquin Park, Kananaskis Country, Deep Bay

Sunset Pass & Sunset Lookout Hike – Icefields Parkway

I discovered the Sunset Pass and Sunset Lookout hike accessed from the Icefields Parkway in Banff National Park completely by chance. I was researching campgrounds to stay in that are a short hike in from the trailhead. Without looking into the details too much, the Norman Lake Campground on the way to Sunshine Pass seemed like a good choice as it is approximately 4 km from the parking lot. But to get there you have an elevation gain of approximately 530 metres. The Norman Lake Campground is a...
Tags: Travel, Google, Hiking, Egypt, John, Alberta, Calgary, Banff, Banff National Park, Icefields Parkway, Parks Canada, Wilson, Banff Lake Louise, Don, Coleman, Cross

Road Trips From Calgary to Places That Will Stir Your Soul

Maybe you had traditional late summer travel destinations you frequented each year, or you had to cancel plans for new locations to explore – but your adventures aren’t completely lost this year. We’ve got you covered with 11 road trips from Calgary you can do in a day (sometimes a long day!) that will stir your soul. These 11 adventures will have you socially distant, enjoying fresh air, lake-time, sand play, challenging yourself, filling your eyes with glorious trees, and taking in awe-ins...
Tags: Travel, US, Canada, Buffalo, British Columbia, Alberta, Calgary, Elk River, Nelson, Columbia, Banff National Park, Fernie, Mara, Whitewater, Cranbrook, Trickle Creek Lodge

The Chester Lake Hike in Alberta (+ Three Lakes Valley)

The Chester Lake hike is one of the classics you must do in Kananaskis Country. It’s been called the most popular trail in Kananaskis Country – and yet on the summer weekend I hiked it, the parking lot was far less busy than the one that offers access to Black Prince Cirque and Galatea Lakes. That may be a function of the distance from Calgary but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. Chester Lake itself is gorgeous. The meadows you meet on the Chester Lake hike are fine in summer – but da...
Tags: Travel, Google, Hiking, Alberta, Calgary, Canmore, Cirque, Kananaskis, Canmore Nordic Centre, Kananaskis Country, Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Mount Engadine Lodge, Spray Lakes Reservoir, Chester Lake, Fortress Mountain, Chester Lake Trailhead

The Wind Ridge Trail near Dead Man’s Flats, Alberta

If you live in the Calgary – Canmore corridor or you’re on your way to Banff National Park, I highly recommend a stop at Dead Man’s Flats to hike the Wind Ridge Trail. It’s a fantastic day hike – though steep – with superlative views the minute you’re out of the trees.  The Wind Ridge Trail hike is easy to confuse with the West Wind Pass hike. Wind Ridge Trail is accessed from the Trans-Canada Highway while West Wind Pass (and Windtower) is accessed off the Smith-Dorrien Highway.  Note that pa...
Tags: Travel, Hiking, Time, Pink Floyd, Alberta, Calgary, Banff National Park, 2nd Avenue, Canmore, Cross, Trans Canada Highway, Banff Legacy Trail, Goat Creek Trail, Calgary Canmore, Bow Valley, Pigeon Creek

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