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Grotto Canyon | Ice walk | Ancient Pictographs

Here is a fun hike to do with the kids…. Head on up to grotto canyon which is Between Exshaw and Canmore. Strap on you ice cleats and get ready to hike up a canyon with ancient Pictographs. The pictographs were painted between 500 and 1500 years ago.  They were painted with red ochre. The pictographs are on the left hand side of the canyon just before to reaching the waterfall. They are about eye level. Unfortunately they are slowly getting wiped away due to the oils in our hands.  The trailhead parking is at Grotto lake. You will hike west for about 1 kn before entering a tight canyon. This is where the ice cleats come in handy. The river can sometimes be like a skating rink. So proceed with caution.

To See a few more pictures go to Grotto Canyon Blog

 

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Yamnuska Mountain Hike
March 102017

Yamnuska Mountain Hike

Yamnuska comes from the Stoney Indian word “Yamnathka” that describes a steep cliffs or “flat faced mountain”. It is one of the last mountains before the landscape turns in the rolling hills of the prairies.  You will do a circle hike on this mountain.  You will want to climb up going counterclockwise, that way you don’t have to climb up the scree.  On the way down have some fun and try scree surfing! Have fun on this challenging hike. Yamnuska Hikes Pictures

 

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This is a must do hike.  If you do it during the fall when the larches are changing colours you won’t be disappointed.  The first 3 km are on an old logging rd, so not too exciting.  Once you get to the bike stand the path takes off through the trees. After a bit you will come to an opening in the trees where you will cross a wooden bridge and out into a opening.  Stop and take in the views….Spectacular!

Here is where the work begins, you start climbing up the other side.  There is a few neat little waterfalls to take pictures of and catch your breath. You will soon be on another flat area, it is also where the Larches start.  You will have about 10 minutes of leisurely walking on the flats and enjoying the beauty of the yellow Larches.  Then once again you will start a final push to the pass. Near the top of the hike the views are amazing. Spend some time at the top taking it all in.  Keep you eyes open for the little Pika. A small rodent that hangs out in the rocks.

Here you can turn around and head back or carry on for a few more minutes (you will be entering Banff National Park) and take in the views of Leman Lake tucked down in the valley.  We see a mountain goat grazing on the grass on the far side, so you never know what you will see.

Click here for Pictures of Burstall Pass.

 

 

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Black rock Mountain |Lookout Hike | Alberta

Want to hike to an old forestry lookout?  Well this is the hike for you.  The Alberta Forest Service built a forest fire lookout on the summit in 1929 which was closed in 1952 and still stands to this day. This is not a easy hike, it seems like it is all uphill!  After finally getting to the base of the mountain in your truck, after crossing a few rivers and surviving the trans alta road. You are finally ready to start the long climb like they did many years ago.   Click here to see a few shots from the day on Blackrock Mountain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Marble Canyon | Kootenay National Park

A nice short hike for a family. This spectacular hike is one that often goes unnoticed.  We drove past this one for years til we finally stopped in to take a look.  We were not disappointed.  Keep your eyes open for fossils on the hike. Remember if you find one….just take pictures and leave it for someone else to discover. Click here for more pictures of Marble Canyon.

 

 

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Loop Brook : Glacier National park

Learn a little bit about the railway and stretch your legs on this short hike through a bit of history.  Marvel at the engineering of the past century. The loops hike shows how the stone pillars helped the railroad gain some extra height by making a figure 8 to climb up the valley. Nice short hike , about 1 mile long. Click here to see pictures of the Loops Hike In Glacier National Park.

 

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Hidden Falls by Ya Ha Tinda

One of the must go to place in Ya Ha Tinda is Hidden falls.  Click here to read about Hidden Falls near Ya Ha Tinda.

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Deer Cave| Lang Cave | Gunung Mulu National Park| World Heritage Site| Sarawak Malaysia

Click here to read the blog for Deer Cave, Lang cave, In Gunung Mulu National Park.

 

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North Buller Pass

This trail is beautiful!  Click here to read our blog about North Buller Pass hike.

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Compression Cirque – The Backside of Compression Ridge.

 

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Big Horn Falls

Ya Ha Tinda is a real playground for the senses.  We had been to Big Horn Falls several of times in the past, and had always thought the falls were pretty amazing.  A beautiful gorge surrounded by high prairie grasslands and gorgeous mountain views.

Click Here to read our blog post about Big Horn Falls in Ya Ha Tinda.

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Heart Creek Canyon- The hidden falls!

After we tackled The Vault hike, we decided it might be kind of fun to check out the other trail that leads East out of the Heart Creek parking lot.   This trail was labeled Heart Creek Canyon, and it promised to be an easy 3 Km round trip hike with 8 wooden bridges.

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Hike to Eagle Lake in Ya Ha Tinda.

On a whim, we decided to scoot out to Ya Ha Tinda and hike up to Eagle Lake.  The Parks Canada brochure  informed us that it would be 5.5 Km round trip to the lake.  It should only be a 3 hour trip to the Lake and back on a novice trail; perfect for what we were looking for.

Click here to read our blog on our Hike to Eagle Lake and James falls near Ya Ha Tinda.

 

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The Vault Cave Hike | Heart Creek Canmore Alberta

Rumors seem to swirl around the strange hole dug into the side of Mount McGillivray. There are grandiose tales saying this man-made opening is a Diefenbunker, an emergency fallout shelter for government personnel in case of a nuclear war. Well others are saying it’s a nothing more than the start of a mine shaft.

Click here to read more about the History of the Vault Cave Hike.

 

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Mt Rae and Rae Glacier Hike|Elbow Lake Kananaskis Trail

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A very interesting hike to a DC-3 (Dakota) Plane Crash -1946

Click here to read about the hike to a dc-3 Dakota plane crash near Coleman Alberta.

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Mount Ware Hike
March 82017

Mount Ware Hike

We took on the challenge of hiking Mount Ware this last weekend on our Annual Daddy/Daughter hike.  Because we are not big hikers (more like couch potatoes, if one was telling the truth) this mountain not only tested us physically, but mentally as well.

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    Eagle Lake | James Falls and James Lake |Ya Ha Tinda

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