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 …

Camping in Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park

Cypress Hills is a provincial park shared between Alberta and Saskatchewan. In the summer of 2021, I spent a weekend camping on the Alberta-side of the park, which was the furthest east I have been within Alberta. Sign for Cypress Hills showing the provincial flowers of both Alberta and Saskatchewan. The drive from Calgary to …

Oster Lake via Shirley Lake Trail in Elk Island National Park

Last weekend I was in Edmonton, so we decided to drive to Elk Island National Park in the hopes of seeing some bison. It was my first time visiting the park. We entered the park through Yellowhead Highway and saw some bison from the main road. They were a distance away from highway so it …

Exploring UNESCO Site: Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta, Canada

While the focus of my blog thus far has been on hikes, primarily in the Rockies, I wanted to write a little about an area of Alberta that is wildly different from Banff or Kananaskis. Heading east from Calgary into the prairies takes you towards a flatter, “more boring” landscape. But hidden in the river …