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Things to Do in Golden BC in Winter

I don’t know about you but come winter I need something to look forward to on a regular basis. In the summer, we go away almost every weekend, but somehow in winter we only seem go away every month or so. John and I decided we needed a break and decided to head to Golden BC for a change – and avail ourselves of winter activities both in Golden and in nearby Yoho National Park. Most people I know head for Kicking Horse Mountain Resort but on this trip we were looking for quieter winter activities...
Tags: Travel, Canada, John, British Columbia, Calgary, Lake Louise, Yoho National Park, Lynn, Golden, Trans Canada Highway, Cedar Lake, Golden BC, Confluence Park, Kootenay National Park, Wapta Falls, Sigi


Wapta Falls Hike or Snowshoe in Winter

In the winter a Wapta Falls hike or snowshoe makes for a delightful half day outing. It’s a longer hike in the winter since you basically start from the Trans-Canada Highway, so you must add a few kilometres to reach the summer trailhead. If you’re staying in the Field – Golden corridor, or you have a few hours to spare while you’re driving between Golden and Calgary, I would encourage you to do the hike.  We opted for snowshoes on the Wapta Falls hike but even with as much snow as you see in th...
Tags: Travel, Hiking, Time, Canada, John, British Columbia, Calgary, Parks Canada, Yoho National Park, Niagara, Charlie, Kelowna, Trans Canada, Trans Canada Highway, Highway 95, Emerald Lake Lodge


See photos of the 'worst weather storm of the century' that just slammed Canada, leading to flooded ports, highway rescue missions, and 300 stranded vehicles

REUTERS/Jennifer Gauthier Canadian officials have declared this week's deadly storm as the "worst weather storm in a century." Extreme rainfall destroyed highways and shut down Canada's largest port, stalling the supply chain.  See photos of the storm's devastating aftermath — from sinking cars to helicopter rescues. British Columbia Transportation Minister Rob Fleming called the storm that wreaked havoc across the Pacific Northwest the "worst weather storm in a century." REUTER...
Tags: Transportation, Weather, Science, News, International, Trends, Features, Canada, Flooding, Storms, Vancouver, North America, Pacific Northwest, Columbia, Abbotsford, Trans Canada


Boom Lake Hike in Banff National Park

Boom Lake is a turquoise beauty, sitting beneath 600-metre cliffs in Banff National Park. It’s accessible from as early as June until late October, though you may have to tromp through some snow at that time. And it’s a fabulous cross-country skiing destination come the winter, through beware of avalanche chutes if you venture onto some sections of the lake. The Boom Lake hike is easy but not as interesting as many in the park. The wide trail parallels Boom Creek, though you only see it at the s...
Tags: Travel, Hiking, Time, Taylor, Alberta, Banff, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Don, Brien, Baker Creek, Storm Mountain Lodge, Trans Canada Highway, Radium Hot Springs, Boom Lake, Castle Junction


7 coolest wildlife crossings around the world

It might be an unfortunate reality, but animals have to adapt to us more than we do to them. We’ve got the tools, we build the roads, we drive the bulldozers. As we continue our relentless encroachment on animal habitats, we force our feral neighbors into unsafe living conditions, often bordering busy highways and other roads. As highways often bisect delicate ecosystems, the animals living there find themselves separated and isolated, endangering the ones that try to cross over. To solve this...
Tags: Travel, UK, Australia, Africa, Wildlife, Netherlands, New Zealand, Kenya, Lewa, Banff, South Island, Cheshire, All, Longview, Trans Canada Highway, Mount Kenya


Smith Dorrien Trail – Highway 40 Road Trip

From Canmore, it’s easy to access the Smith Dorrien Trail – Highway 40 loop, a spectacular road trip in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains that can be done on your own or in luxury with Canadian Rockies Experience. The road trip can be done in either direction, but if you’re driving in summer consider returning via the Smith Dorrien Trail so you catch the sunset. There are numerous scenic spots along the route along with access to plenty of hikes, of all lengths and difficulties. I have done the road t...
Tags: Travel, Alberta, Rockies, Rocky Mountains, Canadian Rockies, Canmore, Laura, Rocky Mountain, Cirque, Trans Canada Highway, Laura Dowling, Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Mount Engadine Lodge, Troll Falls, Upper Kananaskis Lake, Smith Dorrien Trail


Heather Mountain Lodge BC – The Summer Experience

If you’ve driven the Trans-Canada Highway between Golden and Revelstoke, British Columbia then you’ve passed Heather Mountain Lodge & Cabins – but perhaps unknowingly. I know I’ve seen a sign pointing to heli-skiing in the winter but not once on the multiple times I’ve driven the Trans-Canada, did I clue into the fact that there was a beautiful lodge, just off the highway. But there is, and though it does cater to the heli-skier in winter, it’s a destination lodge come summer and fall, especiall...
Tags: Travel, Google, Canada, John, Whistler, British Columbia, Calgary, Revelstoke, Hotel Reviews, Banff Lake Louise, Glacier National Park, Trans Canada, Golden, Trans Canada Highway, Tim Patterson, Nakusp Hot Springs


Abbott Ridge Trail in Glacier National Park BC

The Abbott Ridge Trail in British Columbia’s Glacier National Park (often confused with Montana’s national park that goes by the same name) is the must do hike in the park despite its length and significant elevation gain. After hiking the Hermit Trail in the park a few years ago, I had an inkling I’d be in for a treat. Abbott Ridge is named for Henry Abbott, a mountain and railway man who helped build the Canadian Pacific Railway. The Abbott Ridge hike in the rugged Columbia Mountains isn’t...
Tags: Travel, Montana, Hiking, Canada, John, British Columbia, Alberta, Alison, Rogers, Rockies, Revelstoke, Parks Canada, Donald, Don, Canadian Pacific Railway, Lane


Eiffel Lake Hike in Banff National Park

The Eiffel Lake hike in Banff National Park is one fantastic outing with only one downside – it’s hard to score a parking space at the Moraine Lake trailhead though fortunately there are ways to mitigate that described below. There is nothing difficult about the Eiffel Lake hike. There are no route-finding issues and the 11.2 km return distance and 400 m elevation gain are well within reach of any regular hiker.  Despite the fact this is what I would call a moderate hike, I did it with Joel Ha...
Tags: Travel, Hiking, Canada, North America, Alberta, Banff, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Parks Canada, Banff Lake Louise, Joel, Yoho National Park, Valley, Louise, Trans Canada Highway, Moraine Lake


Piper Pass Hike – A Gorgeous Trail in Kananaskis

The Piper Pass hike in Kananaskis Country’s Elbow-Sheep Wildland Provincial Park is fantastic. It exceeded all expectations in that it was easier and more beautiful than I thought it would be – and it was devoid of people. It’s one of a number of hikes you can do from the Elbow Pass Day-Use area and I think it’s the prettiest of the lot. You can do it as a long day hike from Highway 40 – or as a shorter day hike from the Tombstone Campground which is what we did as part of a multi-night stay. ...
Tags: Travel, Hiking, Time, John, Alberta, Piper, Don, Trans Canada Highway, Elbow River, Kananaskis, Kananaskis Country, Highwood Pass, Kananaskis Trail, Kananaskis Country Click, Tombstone Campground, Kananaskis Country The Headwall Lakes Hike


Piper Pass Hike – A Pretty Trail in Kananaskis

The Piper Pass hike in Kananaskis Country’s Elbow-Sheep Wildland Provincial Park is fantastic. It exceeded all expectations in that it was easier and more beautiful than I thought it would be – and it was devoid of people. It’s one of a number of hikes you can do from the Elbow Pass Day-Use area and I think it’s the prettiest of the lot. You can do it as a long day hike from Highway 40 – or as a shorter day hike from the Tombstone Campground which is what we did as part of a multi-night stay. ...
Tags: Travel, Hiking, Time, John, Alberta, Piper, Don, Trans Canada Highway, Elbow River, Kananaskis, Kananaskis Country, Highwood Pass, Kananaskis Trail, Kananaskis Country Click, Tombstone Campground, Kananaskis Country The Headwall Lakes Hike


Tombstone Lakes Hike & Camping Trip in Kananaskis

Alberta’s Kananaskis Country offers an incredible diversity of hiking experiences that are almost on par with what you’ll find in the Rocky Mountain national parks – specifically Banff, Jasper, Yoho, and Kootenay. Many  of the trails are busier than they used to be – probably because so many people have discovered the joys of hiking thanks to COVID. But you can still lose the masses if you choose a hike that’s a little longer. The Tombstone Lakes hike in Elbow-Sheep Wildland Provincial Park is j...
Tags: Travel, Hiking, Time, British Columbia, Alberta, Piper, Rocky Mountain, Kathy, Elbow Lake, Trans Canada Highway, Elbow River, Kananaskis, Kananaskis Country, Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Craig Copeland, Highway 40


Easy Kananaskis Hikes Everyone Will Love

We are lucky in Alberta to have such a wide range of hiking opportunities available to us in Kananaskis Country. While the area that makes up Kananaskis Country is huge – covering a swath of land from the Sheep River Valley to parts of the Ghost Valley Wilderness, the Highwood Pass area, Bragg Creek and Highway 40 – Smith-Dorrien Road. The focus of this post is on easy Kananaskis hikes in Peter Lougheed, Bow Valley, Bow Valley Wildland , Spray Valley and Elbow Sheep Wildland Provincial Pa...
Tags: Travel, Hiking, John, Alberta, Don, Canmore, Trans Canada, Woody, Elbow Lake, Trans Canada Highway, Kananaskis, Grassi, Lower Lake, Bill Allen, Canmore Nordic Centre, Kananaskis Country


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


Horton Hill Hike in 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


All-Time Manitoba-Born Lineups

In Lorette, Manitoba, which is about 30 kilometres east of downtown Winnipeg and still in Treaty 1 Territory, there is a service road next to the Trans-Canada Highway where a ... Read more All-Time Manitoba-Born Lineups
Tags: Sport, Hockey, Winnipeg, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, Duncan Keith, Trans Canada Highway, Hockey History, Susie Yuen, Time Manitoba Born Lineups, Lorette Manitoba


10 Beginner Backpacking Trips in the Canadian Rockies

One of the great pleasures in my life is camping and backpacking in the Canadian Rockies. With years of experience under my belt, I don’t give much thought to the difficulty of a trip unless it’s a real out there wilderness experience. But I know that there are lots of wannabe backpackers that are nervous about taking their first steps and spending a night in a tent, many kilometres from a trailhead, especially when it’s a new experience, and you are traveling in bear country. Not all backpack...
Tags: Travel, Hiking, British Columbia, Alberta, Rockies, Jasper National Park, Icefields Parkway, Parks Canada, Canadian Rockies, Rocky Mountain, Sparwood, Elbow Lake, Trans Canada Highway, Kananaskis, North Saskatchewan River, Yoho


Beginner Backpacking Trips in the Canadian Rockies

One of the great pleasures in my life is camping and backpacking in the Canadian Rockies. With years of experience under my belt, I don’t give much thought to the difficulty of a trip unless it’s a real out there wilderness experience. But I know that there are lots of wannabe backpackers that are nervous about taking their first steps and spending a night in a tent, many kilometres from a trailhead, especially when it’s a new experience, and you are traveling in bear country. Not all backpack...
Tags: Travel, Hiking, British Columbia, Alberta, Rockies, Jasper National Park, Icefields Parkway, Parks Canada, Canadian Rockies, Rocky Mountain, Sparwood, Elbow Lake, Trans Canada Highway, Kananaskis, North Saskatchewan River, Yoho


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


Where to Go Snowshoeing in Banff National Park

Snowshoeing in Banff National Park is a fun, invigorating way to spend time outdoors in winter. It’s hard to beat rosy cheeks and the glow you get after a few hours outdoors in Mother Nature. In Banff National Park, there are loads of trails to choose from – including some that will get your heart pounding for hours at a time. Don’t worry though. There are plenty of easy, family-friendly options for those of you who just want to break up the day and get out for an hour or two. No matter where ...
Tags: Travel, Mirror Lake, Mexico, Alberta, Banff, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Don, Rundle, Trans Canada, Sunshine Village, Jody, Mount Norquay, Sanson, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Gibbon


What to Do in Kootenay National Park in Winter

Kootenay National Park, located in southeast British Columbia, is one of four national parks that make up the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site. When you drive Highway 93 – the only major highway through the park you get the feeling that much of the park remains untrampled and unexplored. Steep mountains, waterfalls galore, canyons, beautiful rivers and even a hot spring are all here waiting to be discovered. Kootenay National Park is a popular destination in summer with severa...
Tags: Travel, British Columbia, Alberta, Continental, Lake Louise, Don, Trans Canada, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Trans Canada Highway, Vermillion River, Dolly Varden, CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING, Snowshoeing, British Columbia Alberta, Kootenay National Park, Radium Hot Springs


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 Headwall Lakes Hike in Kananaskis Country

The Headwall Lakes hike in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park is a wonderful choice if you want a wilder, slightly more challenging hike than nearby Chester Lake. While the trailhead shares the same parking lot as the Chester Lake hike, the two hikes feel completely different. On the Headwall Lakes hike you won’t see many people, perhaps 10% of what you’d see on a typical day on the Chester Lake hike. The trail to Headwall Lakes – while obvious, is still more difficult than it is to Chester Lake. ...
Tags: Travel, Hiking, Alberta, Chester, Don, Trans Canada Highway, Kananaskis, James Walker, Canmore Nordic Centre, Kananaskis Country, Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Sawmill Creek, Burstall Pass, Chester Lake, Fortress Mountain, Kananaskis Lakes Trail


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


12 Charming Inns of Alberta to Visit Year-Round

If you’re looking for unique places to stay in Alberta, check out the Charming Inns of Alberta – a collection of 12 distinctive properties covering a swath of the province from Jasper National Park in the north to Waterton Lakes National Park in the south. Choose from romantic small inns, log cabins, B&B’s, boutique hotels, and even glamping tents in a world-class mountain setting. Most of these properties are family and pet-friendly. Many are locally owned and offer personalized service. I fi...
Tags: Travel, Google, America, Canada, Jasper, Vancouver, John, Jackie Chan, The Crossing, Alberta, Calgary, Banff, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Hotel Reviews


The South End of Lawson Hike in Kananaskis Country

I first learned about the South End of Lawson hike via Instagram. Someone had hiked it under cover of snow and their photo caught my eye. The hike sounded intriguing – and the views from the first photo I saw were outstanding. After a bit of research, John and I decided we’d do the hike one June day on the way up to a two night stay at Mount Engadine Lodge as the trailhead is only about a 30 minute drive from the lodge. The South End of Lawson hike definitely needs to get added to your must-do...
Tags: Travel, Hiking, John, Alberta, Rockies, Peninsula, Lawson, South End, Trans Canada Highway, Evan Thomas, Kananaskis, Kananaskis Country, Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Mount Engadine Lodge, Rockies Trail, Kananaskis Trail


25 Awesome Day Trips from Vancouver, Canada

The best day trips from Vancouver, British Columbia If you’ve visited Vancouver, chances are you’ve walked around Stanley Park’s iconic seawall, visited Granville Island, snapped a photo of the old Steam Clock in Gastown, shopped on Robson Street and raised a glass in Granville’s entertainment district. In this post, we want to get outside the city and share our favourite day trips from Vancouver. While there are countless things to see and do in Vancouver, there’s even more adventure waiting...
Tags: Travel, Featured, Hiking, Canada, United States, Adventures, Vancouver, Victoria, Sightseeing, North America, Whistler, Washington State, Seattle, Travel Tips, Glamping, British Columbia


12 Kananaskis Trail Hikes in Alberta With a View

If you live in the Calgary – Banff corridor chances are pretty good that you already know how fantastic the hiking is along the Kananaskis Trail (Highway 40). But out of town visitors largely have no idea that the hiking here is on par with much that is available in nearby Banff National Park. Most of the hikes on the Kananaskis Trail don’t see anywhere near the number of people you see in the national park. And nor is there a need for a park pass. Described are 12 Kananaskis Trail hikes with ...
Tags: Travel, Hiking, Switzerland, John, Alberta, Calgary, Allan, Rocky Mountain, Elbow Lake, Trans Canada Highway, Highwood, Kananaskis, Guinn, Kananaskis Country, Highwood Pass, Ptarmigan Cirque


7 Bragg Creek Hikes along Highway 66 in Alberta

If you live in Bragg Creek you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to hiking. Fortunately for those of us who live in Calgary, all of the trailheads for the Bragg Creek hikes described below are less than an hour’s drive away. All the trailheads are accessed off of Highway 66, with the Fullerton Loop and Sugar Mama hikes the first ones you reach, only 15 kilometres southwest of Bragg Creek. These seven Bragg Creek hikes are lovely – offering a mix of ridge walks and mountains. But for many...
Tags: Travel, Hiking, Canada, Alberta, Calgary, Banff National Park, Sugar Daddy, Don, Trans Canada, Bobcat, Paddy, Trans Canada Highway, Kananaskis, Bill Allen, Bragg Creek, Moose Mountain


15 of the Best Road Trips in Canada

Imagine a great play list, the wind in your face and the freedom of the road as you experience one or more of these beautiful road trips in Canada. We’re spoiled for choice in this country – though the season for road trips in Canada tends to be short – unless you love driving in snow. Described are 15 road trips in Canada – from the Yukon to Newfoundland. Some will take you only a day, some a week – though it’s almost always easy to extend the experience. All will help you put some distance b...
Tags: Travel, Montana, Time, Unesco, Canada, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Jasper, Trinity, Vancouver, Nova Scotia, North America, Whistler, British Columbia, Alberta, Calgary