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Ptarmigan Cirque Hike- Kananaskis Country

The Ptarmigan Cirque hike is a popular short hike in Kananaskis Country that is known for its wildflowers in early summer and larch trees in the fall. Since Ptarmigan Cirque Trail starts at Highwood Pass, the highest point in Canada accessible by paved road, it offers a quick route into the alpine, reaching an elevation...

South Pocaterra Ridge Hike via Pocaterra Cirque- Kananaskis Country

The Pocaterra Ridge hike is known for being one of the most beautiful autumn hikes in Kananaskis, thanks to a plethora of yellow larch trees, but even in summer the trail delivers an abundance of breathtaking scenery. From high on Pocaterra Ridge Trail you’ll get a 360 degree view of rocky mountain peaks and forested...

Sarrail Ridge Hike via Rawson Lake- Kananaskis Country

The Rawson Lake and Sarrail Ridge hike is a journey that will deliver you to some of the most mesmerizing views in Kananaskis Country.  This two part hike first arrives at the shore of beautiful Rawson Lake where you’ll be greeted with a commanding view of Mount Sarrail. The second segment climbs steeply on an...

Rawson Lake Hike- Kananaskis Country

The Rawson Lake hike is a half-day trip to a stunning glacier-carved cirque and alpine lake in Kananaskis Country.  Framed by trees with Mount Sarrail towering at the head of the cirque, there’s plenty of natural beauty to appreciate at the end of Rawson Lake Trail. On a calm morning, the surrounding scenery is perfectly...

Athabasca Falls- Jasper National Park

A trip to Jasper National National Park wouldn’t be complete without visiting Athabasca Falls, one of the most remarkable waterfalls on the Icefields Parkway. On first glance you might not be impressed with its height, at only 23 m tall, but it’s the sheer volume and force of the Athabasca River tumbling over a wide...

Sunwapta Falls Hike- Jasper National Park

Sunwapta Falls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls along the Icefields Parkway and a must-see attraction in Jasper National Park.  This stepping waterfall on the Sunwapta River consists of two main falls and each is viewed from a separate location. Upper Sunwapta Falls is the most attractive tier and easiest to visit, since it’s...

Chester Lake Hike- Kananaskis Country

The Chester Lake hike in Kananaskis is a popular trail that delivers hikers to a scenic lake nestled below Mount Chester. On route to Chester Lake, the trail passes through forest and meadows while offering views of mountains, larch trees, and distant glaciers. The most unique feature you can see on this hike are the...

Larch Hikes in Kananaskis- Best Trails to See Golden Larch Trees in Fall

Kananaskis Country is an amazing hiking destination, but it’s especially wonderful in the fall when the larch trees change colour to display vibrant golden needles. This unique phenomenon is why the most popular fall hikes in Kananaskis are ones where you can see larch trees from the trail- a.k.a. “larch hikes”. Larch Hikes in Kananaskis ...

Goat Creek Trail- Bike Canmore to Banff

Goat Creek Trail is a scenic route for mountain biking from Canmore to Banff. The path follows nearby Goat Creek, then later beside Spray River as it makes its way through the forest from Spray Valley Provincial Park in Kananaskis to the town of Banff in Banff National Park.  The corridor that Goat Creek Trail...

Kinglet Lake Hike- David Thompson Country

Day hikers, backcountry campers, and fishermen will all find something to enjoy on the Kinglet Lake hike near Nordegg.  The final destination is a peaceful lake where you can savour a picnic lunch, set up camp for the night, and even try your luck at catching some trout from the cool, clear water. While Kinglet...

Boom Lake Hike- Banff National Park

The Boom Lake hike in Banff National Park is proof that you don’t always have to embark on a long, steep, grueling hike to reach a pristine mountainous location. This fairly easygoing, half day outing involves hiking on a well graded trail to Boom Lake, a scenic lake framed by glacier-capped peaks and the wide...

Kayaking Pyramid Lake- Jasper National Park

Pyramid Lake in Jasper National Park attracts a lot of visitors who come to admire its scenic island and mountain views. While relaxing on the beach or walking the short nature trail on Pyramid Island are enjoyable things to do, kayaking Pyramid Lake offers a different perspective of the lake’s famous sights. From the water...

Beauty Creek Hike to Stanley Falls- Jasper National Park

Beauty Creek Trail is a short, easy hike in Jasper National Park that often goes unnoticed by people travelling along the Icefields Parkway. The trail doesn’t look too interesting from the road, but it leads to Stanley Falls at the top of a scenic canyon. The Beauty Creek canyon used to be a popular roadside...

Old Fort Point Hike- Jasper National Park

Old Fort Point Trail is a short loop near the town of Jasper that offers panoramic views of the Athabasca Valley and its main landmarks. From the top of Old Fort Point, a prominent bedrock hill beside the Athabasca River, you can see many points of interest including Pyramid Mountain, Lac Beauvert, Whistlers Mountain, Mount...

Kayaking Lac Beauvert- Jasper National Park

Lac Beauvert, or Beauvert Lake, is a popular lake in Jasper National Park for kayaking, canoeing, and stand up paddleboarding. Just a short distance from the town of Jasper, Lac Beauvert is easily accessible and has a boathouse with rentals available from the Jasper Park Lodge. While kayaking Lac Beauvert you’ll get to enjoy views...

Taylor Lake Hike- Banff National Park

The Taylor Lake hike in Banff National Park is a hike that’s more often chosen for the destination rather than the journey. Taylor Lake Trail itself is unremarkable, with nothing much to look at other than trees, but the end point is a gorgeous lake and meadow nestled in a hanging valley overlooked by rocky...

Parker Ridge Hike- Banff National Park

Parker Ridge Trail is one of the most popular day hikes along the Icefields Parkway largely due to its stunning view of the Saskatchewan Glacier. Another reason the trail is so favoured is because it delivers hikers up to the alpine zone in a short amount of time, with only a fraction of the effort...

Wilcox Viewpoint Hike via Wilcox Pass Trail- Jasper National Park

Wilcox Pass Trail is one of the most beautiful and satisfying day hikes in Jasper National Park. The trail offers spectacular views of the glaciated peaks around the Columbia Icefield as it passes through alpine meadows on route to Wilcox Pass and the Wilcox Viewpoint across from Athabasca Glacier. Most people who embark on Wilcox...

Kayaking Two Jack Lake- Banff National Park

Kayaking Two Jack Lake in Banff National Park is an active, yet relaxing way to enjoy views of two of Banff’s most prominent peaks- Cascade Mountain and Mount Rundle. As you glide across the clear, blue-green water of Two Jack Lake you’ll be surrounded by a forested shoreline, impressive rocky mountains, and a lakeshore campground...

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