Banff

Tessa Falls in Banff National Park

August 12, 2016
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On a hot day like today, this is one of my favourite places to go with my dog.  It’s a lovely waterfall and spectacular landscape feature which is unknown to most people.

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Bear sighting in Banff

June 29, 2016
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We were thrilled to observe this black bear for about 20 minutes while it munched its way through the Sawback burn along the Bow Valley parkway yesterday(Monday).

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Guess the trail

June 24, 2016
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Does anyone know which trail this picnic table is beside? I came across it while riding my bike in Banff National Park a couple days ago.

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How much water is on this hike?

June 9, 2016

Question from Mike: I’m heading on out on a back country hike. We are starting at shark mountain trail head and heading to Bryant creek, from there I’m heading over the Allenby pass to Banff cave and basin. I’m wondering if there is enough water stops along the way

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Ghostly images at Johnson Lake

June 3, 2016
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Was it an apparition or my imagination? I’ve hiked around Johnson Lake many times but until today, I didn’t know about Billy Carver’s mysterious cabin. The Banff Squirrel tweeted a photo of the cabin with an apparition in the window.

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Redearth Creek; poor beginning but gets better

March 1, 2016
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The report from Terry on Saturday gave me some hope about conditions on Redearth Creek. I was also hoping the trail received some of yesterday’s snow.

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Goat Creek and Spray River recon

February 16, 2016
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-Goat Creek with some fresh snow which has been well packed- I’m sure some of you were wondering why I was skiing Goat Creek so often

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Upper Bankhead and Cascade Valley

February 7, 2016
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With the warm temperatures coming this week, I decided to forego the new tracksetting in PLPP and take advantage

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Redearth creek to Shadow Lake Lodge

February 4, 2016
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Thanks for all the Trip Reports. It sounds like the wind has caused debris problems on some trails, but I had a wonderful day on Redearth creek.

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Farm truck or sleek race car?

January 31, 2016
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-Redearth creek at 6K- My being raised on a farm means you will be subjected to analogies that only a farmer would invoke, sorry.

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A rare opportunity

January 24, 2016
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-Wonderful conditions between Castle Junction and Johnston Canyon- This is your chance to ski the Lake Louise to Banff Loppet trails while they’re in top-notch condition,

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Dog-lover’s delight

January 20, 2016
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I’ve never skied in such pristine, clean snow on Healy creek. Usually, there’s more than a few pine needles and spruce cones. The 3 cm of new snow today really

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Still enjoying Goat creek

January 18, 2016
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Lovely weather and 3 cm of fresh snow made for a nice 19K trip along Goat creek and Spray river west yesterday(Sunday), with the usual “conditions.”

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Lots of snow in Cascade valley

January 16, 2016
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-Rosalie, Haley, Rebecca, Ali at the Cascade river bridge(6K)- It was snowing lightly at 1:45 pm, and the temperature was -10°C. I can hardly be bothered to take a snow

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Brewster creek to Sundance Lodge

January 13, 2016
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After waiting two years for the Healy creek bridge to be replaced, you can now access Brewster creek from the Healy creek trailhead on the Sunshine road.

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Brewster creek was fun now that I have the right skis

January 13, 2016

I’ll do a separate update about the ski trip on Brewster creek but I first wanted to elucidate about these skis. I’m learning that it’s important to have the right tools for the job.

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“Red chair” scenery

January 12, 2016
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There are several locations along the Castle Lookout to Baker Creek trail where Banff National Park could install their famous red chairs. Yesterday, Helen Read

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Spray river loop and connector

January 11, 2016
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-The bridge at 5.5K which connects Spray river east and west- Yesterday, the Banff trail report indicated that Spray river east and west had been groomed and trackset,

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The magic number on Goat creek is 3.8

January 8, 2016
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I’ve come to expect a lot of multi-users on the initial section of Goat creek. Today, all the snowshoers turned around at 3.8K, at which time a nice set of tracks

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Fantastic conditions from Castle Lookout to Baker Creek

January 5, 2016
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My favourite part of this trail is the initial 5K from Castle Lookout. Soon after starting out, it veers away from the road and meanders through sensational scenery.

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