Tessa’s 12th birthday hike

July 9, 2017
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This heatwave creates a special set of criteria for hiking with our beloved dog who turned 12 on July 8: A trail which is offleash, with frequent shade, and accessible water.

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Boot skiing in July

July 8, 2017

Thanks to Chuck for this video which was shot yesterday as it was +34°C in Calgary As we suffer through the heat wave, Chuck and his friends were encountering snow at Mystic Pass.

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Wildflower paradise

June 19, 2017
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The flowers are in bloom on Pigeon mountain. I saw at least 20 species, some which I knew the names and some I didn’t. I even saw a pink Forget-me-not

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Wildflower walk

June 12, 2017
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This evening was an opportune time to go for a walk around Many Springs lake in Bow Valley Provincial park. Numerous wild flowers are in bloom

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Adventures along the Highline trail

June 4, 2017

The above video shows the beautiful, cascading secret waterfall which is about a 2-minute walk from the Highline trail.

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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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Trail marker missing on Highline Trail(and bear warning)

July 22, 2016

The Highline trail at Canmore has become very popular with bikers and hikers. For those who are familiar with it, this won’t be a problem, but if you’re doing it for the first time, it could be an issue. The trail marker at the top of the east

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Nature’s beautiful sounds

July 19, 2016
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I was returning from Ross Lake along the Great Divide on my bike yesterday when I stopped to take a picture of a thick patch of paintbrush. As I was getting my camera out, I was startled

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An explosion of flavour along Three Sisters creek

July 17, 2016
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Wild strawberries are ripe and I had a small feast of them today along Three Sisters creek. Nothing compares to the intense

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Hanging Valley

July 6, 2016
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When I did the Centennial Ridge hike a few years ago, I looked down from the top of Mt Allan into the valley below and thought that some day I’d like to come back and

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Wild flowers on Pigeon Mountain

June 20, 2016
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Summer is officially here and today was the longest day of the year. Starting tomorrow, the days get shorter and in four-and-a-half months we get snow again! 🙂

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Wild flowers at Bow Valley Provincial Park

June 19, 2016
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Wildflower season is in full swing at Bow Valley Provincial park. Here are a few photos from the Many Springs trail which were taken on Friday June 17.

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Marble Canyon

June 14, 2016

We went to Marble Canyon in Kootenay National Park yesterday(June 13), which is an easy but extraordinarily beautiful hike. In addition to the usual sights, there was a “feature” which isn’t normally present. Can you spot it in the above photo?

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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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Moraine Lake Road…open for the summer

May 25, 2016

Chuck is usually the first one to ski Moraine Lake road in early November, so it’s only fitting that he is also the first to drive it in the summer. Not only that, but he hiked to Eiffel Lake and Sentinel pass. Still a fair bit of snow up there as you can see in his photos.

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Red Rock Coulee

May 5, 2016
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Nature photographer Robert Berdan states on his website that “It offers one of the most unusual landscapes you will see anywhere and if there wasn’t any grass you could just as well be visiting Mars.”

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Can you spot the rattlesnake?

May 5, 2016

Neither could I, and I almost stepped on it. It surprised me when I heard the distinctive warning rattle. It did not strike out. I’ll post some close-ups later, along with some interesting photos of wild

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First hike on the Highline trail at Canmore

April 19, 2016
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Amazing conditions for this time of year. Tessa and I were surprised at how dry the trail was.

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Look what I stumbled upon

September 8, 2015
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I hiked an unofficial trail today in Banff National Park which I previously didn’t know about, and stumbled upon this amazing waterfall and landscape feature.

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Wild flower walk to Buller pass

June 24, 2015
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I’ve previously written about Buller pass, so I’ll just mention that you can see a lot of wild flowers along the trail right now.

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