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The South Lawson Peak Hike in Kananaskis is Amazing

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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The Mount Burke Hike in Alberta Will Blow Your Mind

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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The 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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The Beautiful 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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The Johnston Canyon Hike in Beautiful Banff National Park

The Johnston Canyon hike is one of the most popular in Banff National Park, due to its relative ease and evident beauty. However, this year, with the Bow Valley Parkway closed to vehicle traffic, Johnston Canyon has become a much quieter winter trail. So I couldn’t resist the unique opportunity…

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Beautiful West Bragg Creek trails
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Ski Moose Loop—One of the Best Bragg Creek Trails

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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The Lake Minnewanka Hike in Alberta Will Surprise You

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 To Keep You Happy Outdoors

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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The Rawson Lake Hike in Alberta (With a Surprise Visit!)

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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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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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. Pocaterra Ridge in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park Location: Peter…

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The Formidable Mount Yamnuska Hike is an Alberta Must-Do

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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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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You’ll Love The Crypt Lake Hike in Waterton Lakes

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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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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