Arethusa Cirque

July 19, 2021. A hike with kids to a picturesque cirque near the Highwood Pass. Region: Kananaskis Country. Traditional territory of the Tsuu T’ina, Stoney Ktunaxa, and Blackfoot First Nations Distance: 4.9 km loop Elevation Gain: 270 m Elevation of Objective: 2427 m Total Time: 2h 31m There are 3 cirques clustered around the Highwood […]

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Lineham Falls

June 13, 2021. A hike up the valley between Waterton’s two tallest peaks leading to a spectacular waterfall. Region: Waterton Lakes National Park. Traditional Territory of the Blackfoot, Ktunaxa, and Tsuu T’ina First Nations Distance: 5.1 km one-way (if going beyond the official trail to stand next to the falls) Elevation Gain: 400 m Elevation […]

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North Drywood Falls

May 29, 2021. An easy and popular family hike to an attractive waterfall. Region: Castle Wilderness. Traditional Territory of the Tsuu T’ina, Ktunaxa, and Blackfoot First Nations Distance: 4.1 km one-way Total Ascent: 150 m Elevation of Objective: 1690 m Time: 1h 15m one-way Often just referred to as Drywood Falls, this trail is a […]

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Crandell Lake

May 15, 2021. A quick and easy hike with kids to an old favourite in Waterton. Region: Waterton Lakes National Park. Traditional Territory of the Blackfoot, Ktunaxa, and Tsuu T’ina First Nations Distance: 1.7 km one-way from the Akamina Parkway to the south shore Total Ascent: 90 m Elevation of Objective: 1528 m Time: 35 […]

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Livingstone South Peak

April 17, 2021. A ridge walk to a summit, featuring epic views of the Crowsnest Pass. Region: Crowsnest Pass. Traditional Territory of the Blackfoot, Tsuu T’ina and Ktunaxa First Nations Distance: 12.3 km round-trip Total Ascent: 1042 m Elevation of Objective: 2294 m Total Time: 5h 15m Livingstone South Peak is an objective that isn’t […]

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Bear’s Hump

April 4, 2021. Waterton’s best short hike. Region: Waterton Lakes National Park. Traditional Territory of the Blackfoot, Tsuu T’ina, and Ktunaxa First Nations Distance: 1.4 km one-way Total Ascent: 230 m Elevation of Objective: 1540 m Time: 30-45 minute ascent (depending on how much boulder climbing you/your kids stop to do) Bear’s Hump is unquestionably […]

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Mount Bourgeau

July 17, 2020. A full-day hike in Banff to the summit of the most accessible Canadian Rockies peak above 2900 m. Region: Banff National Park. Traditional Territory of the Ktunaxa, Tsuu T’ina, and Blackfoot First Nations. Distance: 25-30 km round-trip (1 of my apps and my Garmin measured the trip at 30 km, another app measured […]

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Stanley Glacier Trail

July 16, 2020. A scenic hike in Kootenay National Park, featuring glaciers, cliffs, boulders and waterfalls. Region: Kootenay National Park. Traditional territory of the Ktunaxa, Tsuu T’ina, and Blackfoot First Nations. Distance: 11 km round-trip Total Ascent: 395 m Total Time: 3h 55m After an absence of several years, my family returned to Kootenay National Park this summer […]

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Lake Minnewanka

July 15, 2020. A short, fun, walk/hike in Banff. Perfect for kids. Region: Banff National Park. Traditional territory of the Blackfoot, Ktunaxa, Stoney Nakoda, and Tsuu T’ina First Nations. Distance: 2.8 km round-trip to Stewart Canyon bridge Total ascent: 49 m Lake Minnewanka is right outside the Banff townsite. As a result, it is a massively popular destination […]

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Whistler Mountain and Lookout

June 10, 2020. A steep on-trail ascent to a summit and abandoned fire lookout site in Castle Wildland Provincial Park. Region: Castle Wilderness. Traditional territory of the Ktunaxa, Tsuu T’ina, and Blackfoot First Nations Distance: 8.4 km round-trip Total Ascent: 840m (elevation is lost and regained on the way to the lookout) Elevation of Objective: 2190 m […]

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