Animal tracks & sightings

Mysteries in the snow

December 9, 2017

While adventuring off-track in the Elk Pass area, MaSid came across this fascinating imprint in the snow. His theory is that it was made by an owl while swooping down to catch a rabbit or other unfortunate creature.

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Skiing update for Nov 28

November 28, 2017
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-Pipestone trails. Photo by Chuck.- A number of things to touch on today: Canmore Nordic Centre Bear on Elk Pass – Blueberry Hill First Pipestone report Grooming progress at Lake Louise 

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Confederation Golf Course

November 6, 2017

Amazing for Nov 5! We ended up with 12 trip reports yesterday which included info on Kananaskis Village, Skogan Pass, Great Divide, Moraine Lake road, Lake O’Hara fire road, Cascade Valley, and West Bragg Creek.

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A funny story from last winter

October 10, 2017

Now here’s a dog who knows how to have fun. I can vividly picture this scenario as described by Alf. All the WBC photos below were submitted at various times throughout last winter by Alf(they aren’t from the day of this event). West Bragg Creek: “But that is not my dog!” – Jan 6, 2017 […]

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Mid-summer sightings on Goat Creek and Spray River

September 1, 2017
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-Can you spot the pine marten in the above photo?- I’ve biked here a couple times in the past week and had some interesting wildlife encounters. Not anything dramatic

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This bison calf has no idea how special it is

April 26, 2017
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Banff National Park posted this birth announcement regarding the first bison calf to be born in Banff’s backcountry in over 140 years…

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Bear chases kicksledder on Spray River West(with video)

April 15, 2017

Update April 19: Story in the Crag and Canyon newspaper Grizzly pursues woman, dogs on Banff trail This was posted by Annette Young on Facebook… Completely shaken but safe, untouched and unharmed….

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Typical spring skiing – 20% slower

April 6, 2017
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In mid-winter on cold snow, I can ski the Tyrwhitt loop at an average speed of 9 km/H on my waxable skis. Today, with waxless skis(zeros), on wet snow, I averaged 7.3

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Yet another Lynx sighting

March 20, 2017

Thanks to Alf Skrastins for this photo of a lynx in the Sawmill area of Kananaskis Country. You can see the lynx tracks and more photos of Alf’s ski trip High Rockies Trail Sawmill-Blackshale Welcome to spring! In Calgary, it arrived today at 4:29 a.m.

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Saturday night update

March 11, 2017
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-Skogan Pass below High Level junction. Photo by Ray Perrott- I didn’t ski today, so I’m posting some photos from Ray and Mary Perrott’s trip to Skogan Pass.

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The Lodgepole Grouse

March 3, 2017
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We haven’t had any reported sightings of the Pocaterra “Killer Grouse” this winter, so I was thrilled to see this guy yesterday on Lodgepole ski trail. We stood there for a few minutes, enthralled with his entertaining antics.

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Pipestone, wolves, cookie race

February 21, 2017

Thanks to Chuck for this report: With news that the Pipestone Loops were trackset yesterday, and word that the Bow Valley Wolf Pack is in the area, this was today’s choice. Sure enough, the wolves had just crossed the trail in front of us near the trailhead, heading east. At the top of the #20 […]

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Lynx sighting in Chickadee Valley

February 7, 2017

Hello Bob, We have been following your website for a couple of years now. Between your blog and Chic Scott’s book, “Ski Trails in the Canadian Rockies”, we have explored many beautiful places on our light touring skis. With the fresh snowfall we decided to head up Chickadee Valley for our first time. The snow […]

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Goat Creek, Spray River to Banff: 17/19

February 1, 2017
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  I’ve got to give the wolves credit, they seem to have better trail etiquette than some people. In the photo above, I believe there were three wolves

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The Lynx photos

January 29, 2017

(All the photos can be made much larger by clicking on them.) You know you’ve stumbled upon something pretty special when people ask if it’s for real.

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Rare sighting

January 15, 2017

Update Mon Jan 16: It is a lynx. The two times I’ve seen lynx in the wild, I was always amazed at the size of their feet. Facts about Canada Lynx (Thanks, Barb, for the link.)

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Nev sees wolf tracks; Cheryl sees the wolf

December 22, 2016
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“My parents towed me around the trails at Nipika today. I enjoyed the scenery but to be perfectly honest I was asleep most of the time. 

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Tough morning for a lone wolf

November 27, 2016

No skiing for me today, but I hope we’ll get some trip reports to help me decide where to go tomorrow. This Yellowstone video(actually a slide show) is more entertaining than one of my updates anyway. It sure puts into perspective the size difference between a wolf and a coyote.

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Rare sightings

November 3, 2016
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I know it doesn’t compare with Chuck’s incredible sighting of two wolves chasing a deer across Moraine Lake road, but I was lucky enough to observe a short-tailed weasel on my deck today.

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The “boss” has kids!

August 23, 2016
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-Spruce grouse hen on Pocaterra trail- If you’re a regular winter time reader of this blog, you’ll be familiar with the “Boss.”

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