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2-Day Goat Lake Hike and Avion Ridge in Waterton Park

It’s no secret that Waterton Lakes National Park offers some of the most scenic hiking in Alberta. While I’ve enjoyed a few visits to this park, I hadn’t spent any time in the backcountry. So I planned a quick trip to Goat Lake and tacked on Avion Ridge for a…

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Bear’s Hump Trail in Waterton Lakes National Park

Bear’s Hump is one of the most popular trails in Waterton Lakes National Park. The reward at the top of this trail is well worth the climb. While this is a short hike, it will also be challenging for some. The views of Waterton townsite and the surrounding lakes make…

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Silver Spring Lake—The Best Cliff Jumping Near Fernie, BC

Do you love a thrill? Silver Spring Lakes (that’s right, there are three of ’em!) is located just 30 minutes south of Fernie. The first lake is becoming well-known for iconic cliff jumping. Honestly, it’s one of the BEST cliff jumping spots I’ve ever experienced! The water is clear blue…

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Hiking in Fernie, BC at the Spineback Trail

I had no idea where to go hiking in Fernie. So I asked the staff at Mount Fernie Campground, and it was clear that Island Lake Lodge is the place to go. Specifically, the Spineback Trail is an excellent option with beautiful views from the ridge. I enjoyed a quiet…

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Hiking at Red Rock Canyon and Blakiston Falls in Waterton

Waterton Lakes National Park is one of my favourite spots to explore in Alberta. That’s because there’s so much to do and see. So if you’re planning a visit, hiking at Red Rock Canyon and Blakiston Falls is a great choice if you enjoy the great outdoors. Red Rock is…

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Island Lake Lodge is one of the best things to do in Fernie
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7 Things To Do in Fernie in the Summer

Fernie is the place to be if you’re into the outdoors. This small city is known for top notch ski slopes, but did you know there’s plenty to do here in the summer, too? From cliff jumping into pristine blue waters, to hiking with incredible Rocky Mountain views, you won’t…

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Mount Fernie Provincial Park tenting
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Mount Fernie Provincial Park—What You Need To Know

I don’t usually like to stay in campgrounds near town. After all, the whole point of camping (for me, anyway) is to get away from the hustle and bustle and into nature as much as possible. However, while Mount Fernie Provincial Park may be mere minutes away from the city,…

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Jasper Skyline Trail: 3-Day Backpacking Trip in the Rockies

The Jasper Skyline Trail is one of the best hikes in the Canadian Rockies. This iconic backpacking route is nearly 25 kilometres above the treeline, with unparalleled mountain scenery. Skyline is a must-do for those who love spending time outdoors. Some say it’s the absolute best Jasper hiking trail! This…

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Hiking the West Coast Trail in BC
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Your Complete Guide to Hiking the West Coast Trail

Hiking the West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island is one of the most thrilling outdoor adventures in Canada. It also requires a significant amount of planning and preparation. Once our 2021 permits were booked, I spent hours researching the trail and making sure I was ready. If you’re planning a…

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The West Coast Trail: 7 Days on BC’s Most Popular Trek

Backpacking the West Coast Trail was an incredible experience. British Columbia’s iconic 75-km coastal trek exceeded my expectations, with stunning scenery, rugged terrain, and top-notch tenting along the trail. While this difficult hike is not for the faint of heart, it’s a must-do for those seeking some of the best…

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Amisk Wuche Trail: Short Elk Island Hike in Alberta

Elk Island is one of five national parks in Alberta. Belle the Berner and I spent a day at the park after a work trip to Edmonton, and it was worth the extra stay. This park is only 30 minutes from the city, so I couldn’t say no to that!…

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Devon River Valley Trail near Edmonton, Alberta
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Devon River Valley Trail Near Edmonton, Alberta

The Devon River Valley Trail is a hidden gem near Edmonton, Alberta. It’s a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The Town of Devon maintains about 10-km of multi-use paved trails, and they’re the perfect place for an evening stroll. Bella thought so,…

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Biking in Edmonton: The Beautiful River Valley Trails

What’s Canada’s largest urban park system? You guessed it… It’s the Edmonton River Valley! Alberta’s capital city boasts over 160 kilometres of multi-use trails, and the North Saskatchewan River Valley makes biking in Edmonton unmissable. Grab your bike and hit the trails! You’ll be glad you did. Table of Contents…

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Big Beehive hike in Lake Louise
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Big Beehive Hike at Lake Louise—What You Should Know

Over the past six years in Alberta, I’ve done very little exploring around the Lake Louise area. So I thought it was about time to get out there! For spectacular views and a decent workout, the Big Beehive hike is one of the most popular trails around. Mountain-lovers near and…

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Devil's Thumb hike in Lake Louise
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Devil’s Thumb Hike at Lake Louise, Alberta

There’s nothing devilish about the Devil’s Thumb hike in Banff Park. The trail offers exceptional views of Lake Agnes and the iconic Lake Louise, but only after a leg-burning workout. While you’ll hike most of the trail, there are some mild scrambles that require climbing up rock. If you’re looking…

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Nairn Falls hike near Pemberton, BC
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Nairn Falls Hike Near Whistler, BC

British Columbia is home to some of the most beautiful natural areas in Canada. I finally had the chance to explore this western province three years ago, camping and hiking my way from Calgary to Whistler to Victoria along the Sea-to-Sky Highway. Of course, I didn’t have nearly enough time……

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Ancient Cedars Trail near Whistler, BC
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Ancient Cedars Trail Hike in Beautiful British Columbia

They call it Beautiful British Colombia for good reason. I had never been to Canada’s most western province until summer 2018, and I thoroughly enjoyed exploring BC outdoors. My only regret is that I didn’t stay long enough! If you’re spending time near Whistler, I’d recommend checking out the short…

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Douglas Fir Trail lookout in Calgary
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Douglas Fir Trail in Calgary’s Edworthy Park

Sometimes you don’t have to go far to explore someplace new. We enjoyed a Sunday evening stroll on the Douglas Fir Trail in Edworthy Park. Calgary boasts many beautiful trails within the city limits, but this one feels like a genuine “hike” through the forest. Whether you’re walking the dog,…

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Milk River canoe trip with swallow nests
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3-Day Milk River Canoe Trip in Alberta—The Ultimate Guide

Looking for a unique weekend adventure in southern Alberta? This 3-day Milk River canoe trip could be just the thing for you. We thoroughly enjoyed paddling the Milk through the Canadian badlands, struck by the impressive geological formations and diverse wildlife all around. This river is full of life! The…

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Yates Mountain hike view of Barrier Lake
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Yates Mountain via Prairie View Trail in Kananaskis, Alberta

To say the hike up Yates Mountain via the Prairie View Trail is very popular would be an understatement. Last weekend, I noticed parking overflowed at Barrier Dam on my way to Ribbon Falls. One of the closest hikes to Calgary, Yates Mountain (AKA: Barrier Lake Fire Lookout) is on…

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Ribbon Falls hike in Kananaskis Country
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Ribbon Falls Hike in Kananaskis Country, Alberta

I love a good waterfall. The Ribbon Falls hike has been on my list for a while now. It’s a fairly long day, but the reward at the end is worth it. Located in Alberta’s Kananaskis Country, you’ll find several smaller waterfalls and mountain views surrounding the trail leading up…

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Table Mountain hike with arms open wide
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Table Mountain Hike in Southern Alberta—What You Should Know

The Table Mountain hike in Castle Provincial Park is aptly named. That’s right, it looks like a tabletop at the summit! You’ll find a completely different experience compared to hikes in Canmore or Banff. This is one Southern Alberta trail that wholeheartedly deserves to be on your list. Hiking in…

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Ram Falls in Alberta
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Ram Falls Campground in Alberta—Why You Should Go

Okay, so maybe you’ve never heard of Ram Falls Provincial Park. I get it. Until last year, I had no idea either until I scrambled to book a campsite mid-season—it was all that was left. While I was happy to book it, I felt kinda bad. It can’t be easy…

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10 Waterfalls in Alberta That You Should See

Alberta may be landlocked, but that doesn’t mean it’s without wondrous waterways. You’ll find several jaw-dropping rivers, lakes, and (you guessed it) waterfalls spread throughout the province. Some are fairly accessible, while others require a bit more effort. Whatever you’re up for, these impressive waterfalls in Alberta will quench your…

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South Lawson Peak in Kananaskis, Alberta

The South Lawson Peak in Kananaskis Country is full of amazing (read: jaw-dropping) views of the area. Lower Kananaskis Lake is easily seen from the mountainside, and views of King Creek Ridge towering above Highway 40 await. Winter, summer, or shoulder seasons—South Lawson is a great option! South Lawson Peak…

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Mount Burke Hike in Kananaskis, Alberta

The Mount Burke hike in Alberta is fairly unknown and underrated. This trail begins in the forest in Cataract Creek, and opens up to incredible mountain views above the treeline. Less popular than other trails, Mount Burke is perfect for those who want a quieter outdoor experience in Kananaskis. This…

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7 of the Best Things To Do in Drumheller, Alberta

Looking for an easy day trip near Calgary? There are many memorable things to do in Drumheller, Alberta. The town population is nearly 8,000, but don’t let its size fool you. This prehistoric playground calle the Canadian Badlands has something for everyone. You’ll find mind-blowing canyons, dinosaurs galore, and so…

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Red chairs in Valley of the Five Lakes, Jasper
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Valley of the Five Lakes Hike in Jasper, Alberta

The Valley of the Five Lakes hike in Jasper National Park is a delightful trail all year round. I visited for a hike this past winter and found a well-trodden trail for winter hiking and snowshoeing. If you’re looking for a place to enjoy nature near Jasper, this popular spot…

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Maligne Canyon frozen waterfall in Jasper
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Maligne Canyon Hike in Jasper National Park

The magnificent Maligne Canyon hike is almost always the first recommendation when planning a winter trip to Jasper. It’s well worth the visit, as one of several popular winter hikes (or “ice walks”) in Alberta. No matter what time of year, Maligne Canyon is sure to impress with multiple waterfalls…

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Johnston Canyon trail in Banff
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Johnston Canyon Hike in Beautiful Banff, Alberta

The Johnston Canyon hike is one of the most popular in Banff National Park. However, this year, with the Bow Valley Parkway closed to vehicle traffic, this iconic trail has become much quieter. So I couldn’t resist the unique opportunity to experience the canyon without the hustle and bustle of…

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Beautiful West Bragg Creek trails
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Bragg Creek Trails: Ski Moose Loop

West Bragg Creek is a popular place, especially in the winter months. The Bragg Creek trails offer excellent opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, fat biking, and hiking in the wintertime. A stone’s throw from Bragg Creek town, West Bragg Creek a great spot to get outdoors, before exploring shops or…

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King Creek Ridge views from the true summit
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King Creek Ridge Hike in Kananaskis, Alberta

Looking for a summit this winter? The King Creek Ridge hike in Kananaskis is a challenging yet rewarding winter trek! You can never go wrong with time outside in Kananaskis Country. So pick a clear day and witness some of the most spectacular views the Canadian Rockies has to offer.…

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The Lake Minnewanka Hike in Banff, Alberta

Few places in Banff match Lake Minnewanka’s overwhelming popularity in the summertime. To my complete surprise, I enjoyed my solo Lake Minnewanka hike with barely a soul in sight. So if you’re looking for a long lakeside jaunt, with some peace and quiet during the week, add this lakeside winter…

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The Best Winter Hiking Gear—Stay Warm and Happy

What’s considered the “best” winter hiking gear somewhat depends on who you’re asking. In other words, personal preference plays a role in gear selection, but there are also important principles to guide outdoor adventurers toward safe winter practices. As I’ve spent more time outside this season, I’ve found some great…

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Frozen Rawson Lake in Kananaskis Country in Alberta
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Rawson Lake Hike in Kananaskis, Alberta

Once the snowshoers pack it down, the Rawson Lake trail turns into a great winter hike. We ventured out to Peter Lougheed Provincial Park in Kananaskis on New Year’s Day and found many others starting 2021 right. The crowd wasn’t surprising, as Rawson Lake is one of the short but…

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My Banff Ski Trip: Thrilling Time at Sunshine Village

I thought it was about time to plan a Banff ski trip over the holidays. After all, it had been more than a decade since my last alpine adventure. I ventured out to Sunshine Village for a day on the slopes, and needless to say: it was phenomenal! Table of…

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Banff’s Tunnel Mountain Hike is Wonderful in Winter

The Tunnel Mountain hike in Banff should not be underestimated, even though it’s quite short and sweet. In fact, it’s the shortest summit in all of Banff National Park. It’s also one of the best winter trails around. Located just outside of Banff’s downtown, this easy summit is perfect for…

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Frozen Chester Lake with dog on the ice.
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The Chester Lake Hike in Winter Is Better Than Most

If you’ve gone winter hiking, you know that it can be the best time when you’re prepared. When it comes to zero below and fresh snow, the Chester Lake hike is a beautiful spot for some winter adventures. This is a trail for everyone in Alberta’s Spray Valley Provincial Park.…

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Exploring India: 5 Interesting Places to Visit in Kolkata

Almost exactly two years ago, I found some of the best places to visit in Kolkata with a colleague. I enjoyed taking in the sights and sounds while sipping my tasty cup of street chai. There’s so much to do in the Cultural Capital of India! Table of Contents A…

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Kananaskis Retreat: Relaxing Winter Getaway in the Rocky Mountains

Winter has come. For many Canadians, summer feels too short and adjusting to early sunsets with freezing temperatures isn’t always easy. Planning activities or trips to look forward to tends to be helpful for me. We ventured out to Kananaskis Country for a couple of days this week, getting out…

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The Breathtaking Pocaterra Ridge Hike in Alberta

Pocaterra Ridge in Kananaskis Country is for those who love 360 degree Rocky Mountain views and a good workout. I did this hike solo at the beginning of October. The morning trail was snow-covered, but the bright yellow larches shined through. Table of Contents Pocaterra Ridge in Peter Lougheed Provincial…

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The Ptarmigan Cirque Trail in Kananaskis

Ptarmigan Cirque and Arethusa Cirque are short trails in Kananaskis Country that are suitable for most hikers. They also happen to be very close together. I hiked both trails one evening in early October, just before the end of larch season. Ptarmigan Cirque is one of the most popular larch…

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The Arethusa Cirque Hike in Kananaskis Country

Arethusa Cirque is one of the shortest hikes in Kananaskis Country and is the perfect place to spend an evening. From Calgary, it takes about 1.5 hours to drive to the trailhead. In late September to early October, the yellow larch trees provide some extra incentive to get outside in…

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The Mount Yamnuska Hike in Alberta is a Must

I’ve been wanting to hike Mount Yamnuska near Canmore, Alberta for a while and finally made it happen this fall. This iconic Rocky Mountain hike in the Bow Valley Provincial Park can be risky, so it’s important to be prepared and follow the advice of those who know these Alberta…

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5 Easy Hikes for Rocky Mountain Rookies (Plus a Bonus!)

If you’re like me, maybe you didn’t grow up near the Rocky Mountains. My first time on an Alberta trail was in 2015… and I’ve been hiking ever since! One of my favourite things about the Rockies is that there really is something for everyone. If you’re a Rocky Mountain…

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Driving the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton—What You Should Know

Canada is a big and beautiful country. With over 5,800 kilometres from Vancouver and Halifax, there are plenty of road trip options. Even so, few compare to driving the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island—with astounding natural beauty, and many unique stops along the way. This is one unforgettable road…

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Fishing Cove Backcountry is One of the Best Cape Breton Campgrounds

When it comes to Cape Breton campgrounds, Fishing Cove offers an unparalleled experience. Cape Breton Highlands National Park is widely known as a Canadian treasure. Within this national park, Fishing Cove offers the only backcountry camping experience along the Cabot Trail. There are 8 reservable campsites and a permit is…

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The Scenic Upper Kananaskis Lake Hike in Alberta

On the August long weekend, we enjoyed camping at Boulton Creek Campground in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. There are many hikes in the area, including the almost 20-kilometre jaunt around the stunning Upper Kananaskis Lake. The glacier-fed Upper and Lower Kananaskis Lakes are worth checking out. The Upper and Lower…

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Crypt Lake Hike in Waterton Lakes National Park

It’s where the prairies meet the Rockies. It’s one of the most sought after outdoor playgrounds in Alberta—nay, in Canada…. It’s Waterton Lakes National Park! In 2014, National Geographic rated Crypt Lake as one of the World’s 20 Most Thrilling Trails! It’s a great way to experience this part of…

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Weekend at Beautiful Boulton Creek Campground in Kananaskis

Long weekends are few and far between. I relish the chance to unplug at a campsite while laying in my hammock or enjoying a campfire. Three months ago, I frantically scoured the Alberta Parks website to find something for the August. About 45 minutes later, with more sweat than a…

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From Canada to Kenya: The Trip That Started It All

It’s summer 2009. I just graduated from high school and am ready for the trip of a lifetime. I walk onto the plane, find my seat, and fumble my seatbelt on. The engine starts. I feel every little movement as the plane speeds up and takes off from the Halifax…

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5 of the Best Bike Paths in Calgary, Alberta

There are many great bike paths in Calgary. From Fish Creek in the south to Nose Hill in the north, there are amazing places to take your bike. With over 1,000 kilometres of maintained pathways, Calgary is way more bikeable than I once believed. So whether you’re looking to get…

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Introducing Out and Across: My Adventure Notebook

Welcome to My Adventure Notebook Have you ever tried something new? Of course you have. You know it’s not always easy; especially if it’s a totally new undertaking. Whether you’re climbing a mountain or starting an amateur blog (like my adventure notebook), it takes courage to try new things. I’ve…

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