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Moraine Lake… Banff’s gift to the world.

One of the most spectacular lake on earth, its unique blue colour is second to none. The colour is because of the refraction of light off the rock flour deposited in the lake year round. The view from the rock pile is one of the most photographed places in Canada. And with a view like that it is no surprise.  The valley of the 10 peaks is the mountains you see behind the lake. It is also refered as the twenty dollar view as it was on the back of the canadian 20 dollars in 1969 and 1979 versions.

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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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Morrin Alberta
March 102017

The Blooming Prairie also Known as Morrin.

Click here for our blog post and Pictures of Morrin’s Sod house and Park.

 

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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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Ram Falls in Alberta

If you are traveling up hwy 40 south of Nordegg, you have to stop and check out Ram falls.  It is a short hike with about 100 stairs to a lookout point.  With any luck you will see this falls Namesake.  The sheep around here are fairly common to see them….so have your camera ready! Click here for more info on Ram Falls and Ram Falls Campground.

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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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Burmis Tree
March 82017

Is the Burmis tree, the most photographed tree in Canada?

What could be more Iconic than the Burmis tree?  The Burmis tree is a Limber Pine (Pinus flexilis) down in the Crowsnest pass just a few minutes west of Lundbreck Falls or 10 min East of Frank’s Slide on highway #3.  You can’t miss it!  Located on the North side of the road, this old tree died in the late 70’s.  It is estimated to be anywhere from 600 to 750 years old.  Most people believe it is closer to the 700 year old mark.

 

Check out the full blog post on the Burmis Tree

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Rowley Alberta: A prairie Ghost town

Rowley came to be in the early 1910, Its population boomed to a few hundred by 1920. Now the town is a nice trip down memory lane.  During the summer the kids are hired to take tourists around and see the sites.  It is really a photographers dream! Here are some of the sights you can see in this historic town. Click here to see some pictures of Rowley, an alberta Ghost town.

 

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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.

Click here to read more about The Heart Creek Hike.

 

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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.

Click here to read about the Mount Ware Hike.

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  • Moraine Lake in Banff National Park

    Moraine Lake in Banff National Park

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  • Grotto Canyon Fun Canyon Hike

    Grotto Canyon Fun Canyon Hike

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  • Yamnuska Mountain Hike

    Yamnuska Mountain Hike

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  • Morrin Alberta

    Morrin Alberta

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  • Burstall Pass hike in Kananaskis Alberta

    Burstall Pass hike in Kananaskis Alberta

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  • Blackrock Mountain Lookout Hike Alberta

    Blackrock Mountain Lookout Hike Alberta

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  • Ram Falls on Bighorn River

    Ram Falls on Bighorn River

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  • Hidden Falls near Ya Ha Tinda

    Hidden Falls near Ya Ha Tinda

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  • Burmis Tree

    Burmis Tree

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  • Rowley Alberta |A prairie Ghost town

    Rowley Alberta |A prairie Ghost town

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  • Big Horn Falls| Ya Ha Tinda, Alberta

    Big Horn Falls| Ya Ha Tinda, Alberta

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  • Heart Creek Canyon| Kananaskis| Canmore, Alberta

    Heart Creek Canyon| Kananaskis| Canmore, Alberta

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

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

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  • Vault Cave Hike Kananaskis Alberta

    Vault Cave Hike Kananaskis Alberta

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  • Elbow Lake and Rae Glacier Hike

    Elbow Lake and Rae Glacier Hike

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  • Coleman Alberta Plane Crash Hike

    Coleman Alberta Plane Crash Hike

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  • Mount Ware Hike

    Mount Ware Hike

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