Category: Travel

Bow Glacier Falls: The Right Mix of Everything (Except Difficulty)

Looking to do a hike that our daughter would enjoy… one that lacked the “spicy-ness” of our regular adventures… we settled on Bow Glacier Falls. And what a gem it was! It lies across the valley from Helen Lake & Cirque Peak, at the…

Sarrail Ridge: The Gem beyond Rawson Lake

One of the popular beginner day hikes in K-Country is Rawson Lake, a beautiful hike or snowshoe up to a perfect alpine lake. The lake is deep and its colour is beautiful. The hike to that point is not too long or demanding, and…

Where Do We Get Our Inspiration?

I’ve been meaning to build up a resources section for a while for my readers, and store it for handy access in the Playful Bits section of my blog’s website. Every good adventure starts with careful planning and research. If you are planning a…

The Strange Creatures Hidden Up Mount Stephen

Imagine this…  a rocky shelf overhangs a shallow ocean floor somewhere near the equator, nestled in mud banks at the base of a tall cliff. Deep in the recesses of the dark space underneath lies a protected space, a sanctuary of sorts. Strange looking…

Not Fairview Mountain— GREAT-view Mountain!

Wanting to get clear of the forest fire smoke haze that had enshrouded Canmore for so many days from the Verdant Valley forest fire, we headed back to the Lake Louise area, getting to the trailhead super early to beat the crowds. Our destination…

Un-Peaked Eiffel Peak

I have to confess that I find terrific inspiration from the humour, the evocative descriptions, the language and the sensibilities of the Copelands, authors of some of our favourite hiking guide books (Don’t Waste Your Time in the Canadian Rockies, and Where The Locals Hike)….

Old Goat Glacier on a Smoky Afternoon

The smoke from the forest fires has been a bit much here, lately. It’s certainly a natural part of our world, living where we do, perched on the edge of vast wilderness areas. But it has a profound effect on what you can do…

Spicy Tent Ridge

I know I’ve said it over and over again, but there’s just nothing like a good ridge walk for the exhilarating, prolonged views. You get the hard climbing done early, and on Tent Ridge, one of the iconic ridge walks in K-Country, you are…

King Creek Ridge & Canyon Loop

Fossils under foot and an accidental plunge were the jewels on the crown of this day that saw us hiking up King Creek Ridge, scrambling to connect it to King Creek Canyon, and then exploring the canyon itself. Yesterday, we headed southeast into Kananaskis…

Watermelon Snow and The Dynamic Landscape of the Burstall Pass Hike

Burstall Pass is one of my favourite Kananaskis hikes partly because it gets you up into a stunning alpine meadow relatively easily, but mostly because it has a fun, dynamic delta crossing. The run-off meltwaters from the Robertson glacier cascade down through a great…