Mount Romulus Backcountry Camping

If you have ever wanted to start backcountry camping, Mount Romulus is a great campsite to start at. The campsite itself has all the amenities offered in backcountry sites including picnic tables, bear lockers, prepared firewood and even toilets stocked with toilet paper (a rarity in the backcountry, you usually need to bring your own). …

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

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 …

Four Days in the Skoki Valley, Banff National Park

-By Guest Author Kira Feighan Hidden in the backcountry behind the Lake Louise Ski Resort is the Skoki valley, situated in the high alpine with a network of four backcountry campsites connected to the Skoki Lodge. Skoki valley is a perfect introduction to multi-day backcountry camping, with relatively moderate elevation gains and many options for …

Why You Should Bring a Film Camera on Your Next Hike

On a hike last summer one of my friends had the brilliant idea to bring a disposable film camera. I hadn’t used one in years, since I was a child at an overnight camp and my parents didn’t trust me to bring electronics. While a disposable film camera doesn’t have any fancy settings (or any …

The Importance of No-Trace Camping (and Hiking)

If you are unfamiliar with the concept of no-trace camping, it is the philosophy of leaving no trace behind that you were there. It is a practice I learned from summer camps as a child and mindset I have carried with me every time I venture into the backcountry. So why is No-Trace Camping and …

Floe Lake Backpacking Trip in Kootenay National Park

Last summer, a group of 6 of us decided to take a single night trip to Floe Lake from August 7 to 8. We deemed this out “redemption trip” after being rained out on our third day along the Rockwall and never making it to the lake in 2019. This hike is a 19.3 km …

Three Isle Lake Backpacking Trip in Kananaskis Country

During the second week of July 2020, I embarked on one of the easier backpacking trips I have done with three friends. We arrived at Upper Kananaskis lake just before noon to see cloudy, windy weather. Our first of our three-day adventure would lead us to Forks Backcountry site, a 7.5 km hike without any …