What to do for a Day in Banff (in and around the townsite)

While I had a friend visiting Canada for the first time, I thought it was mandatory to take her to Banff, seeing as it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Canada. But what is there to do besides just walking around the townsite? We started the day with a hike. After making …

Radium Hot Springs and Beyond

For the long weekend, some friends and I booked an Airbnb and stayed in Radium for the weekend. We stayed at the condos on the Radium golf course which offered a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains. Though we drove up after work on Friday and only stayed two nights, we made the most of …

Hoodoo Trail in Columbia Valley, British Columbia

Hoodoo Trail is a great hike if you are looking for an easy trail with spectacular views of the Columbia Valley. The trail is 3.2 km with 120 metres of elevation, which took my group about an hour to complete. We took the hike at a leisurely pace, taking in the views and reading the …

Ribbon Lake via Buller Pass in Kananaskis, My First Backcountry Trip

The first time I stayed at an established backcountry campsite was in 2018 at the Ribbon Lake campsite in Kananaskis. Our trip was over August long weekend and we were blessed with picture-perfect weather. As I have written about my more recent trips, I thought I should also write about where it all started

5 Easy Hikes in Alberta that You Need to Try

Whether you are thinking about getting into hiking this summer, you’re visiting the Canadian Rockies for the first time, or you are trying to bring friends or family along for their first hikes, here are a few recommendations

‘Tis the Season for Spring Hiking: Evan-Thomas Creek Loop in K-Country

Spring hiking is always an adventure, no matter how hard (or simple) the hike you choose. The unpredictable weather, mixed with the varying conditions based on altitude and exposure to sunlight can make a hike feel like walking through different seasons altogether. Many hikes are not recommended during this shoulder-season due to the slushy/muddy conditions …

A Casual Hiker’s Guide to Backpacking

If you enjoy camping and hiking, chances are you’ll love backcountry camping. It can seem daunting to start backpacking in the wilderness, so I’ve made a guide to help you get your bearings and hopefully inspire you to try your first trip! If you haven’t gone backcountry camping before, I recommend a shorter trip, 1-2 …

What to Pack? Backpacking Clothes Edition

Packing can be a daunting task for any trip, but especially the first time you go backpacking. With a goal of keeping your bag light, it can be hard to decide what to bring and what to skip. After a number of trips, I have worked out the most essential items, as well as the …

Eiffel Lake Hike from Moraine Lake in Banff National Park

Eiffel Lake is a great hike if you are looking for something to do around Moraine Lake at the moderate level. It has elevation, great views, and lake destinations, with just enough distance to feel like it was “a real hike”. The hike is 12.2 km total with 609 meters of elevation. Moraine Lake at …

Camping in Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park, a UNESCO Heritage Site

Writing-on-Stone/Áísínai’pi is on traditional Blackfoot territory in the Milk River Valley. The region contains engravings and paintings on the sandstone walls that date back to ca. 4,500 BP – 3,500 years BP and continue beyond contact with Europeans. The area is sacred to the Blackfoot people, so remember to visit the park with respect. Walking …