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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...

Eiffel Lake Hike- Moraine Lake, Banff National Park

The Eiffel Lake hike in Banff National Park is a beautiful and diverse trail that offers stunning views of the Valley of the Ten Peaks, the iconic mountains that frame Moraine Lake. On route to the upper end of the Valley of the Ten Peaks, where Eiffel Lake sits, the trail passes through an area...

Big Beehive Hike- Lake Louise, Banff National Park

The Big Beehive hike in Lake Louise is one of the most beloved hikes in Banff National Park, combining a trip to a historic tea house with a climb to an impressive viewpoint overlooking Lake Louise. Big Beehive Trail presents a nice mix of scenery and hiking experiences starting with a moderate uphill hike in...

Nordegg Hiking Guide- Hikes Near Nordegg and Abraham Lake

The Nordegg and Abraham Lake area is one of the best hiking destinations in Alberta. Not only is the area easily accessible from central Alberta, but the Nordegg hikes also showcase some of the province’s finest scenery. When you go hiking near Nordegg, you’ll discover opportunities to summit mountains, get close to waterfalls, look down...

Abraham Lake Bubbles- How to See the Frozen Bubbles in Abraham Lake

Abraham Lake is stunning in every season, but it really dazzles in the winter when its turquoise water freezes to reveal thousands of white bubbles below the surface. The Abraham Lake bubbles are an intriguing winter wonder, an icy spectacle of patterns and shapes frozen in form. Framing these beautiful bubbles are deep cracks, inverted...

Cline River Falls Hike in Winter- David Thompson Country

In winter, the Cline River Canyon near Nordegg is transformed into an icy wonderland with crisp blue water and frozen waterfalls draping the rugged rock walls. The short and easy Cline River Falls hike is an enjoyable way to experience the beauty of Cline River Canyon in winter. The hike passes by an impressive viewpoint...

Panther Falls and Bridal Veil Falls- Banff National Park

Panther Falls and Bridal Veil Falls in Banff National Park are two beautiful, but very different, waterfalls on the Icefields Parkway. Panther Falls is a roaring powerhouse spraying out from a small opening in a rocky cliff, whereas Bridal Veil Falls is a long, multi-tiered waterfall with a more delicate appearance. Both waterfalls can be...

Mistaya Canyon- Banff National Park

Mistaya Canyon in Banff National Park is a scenic gem on the Icefields Parkway. Sculpted by the rushing water of the Mistaya River, which originates from Peyto Lake to the southeast, this deep slot canyon features curvy limestone walls and eroded pothole depressions. Mistaya Canyon is easily accessible from the Icefields Parkway and doesn’t involve...

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