Monthly Archives: July 2013

Paint Pots and Rockwall Trail detour in Kootenay National Park

Rock foundations and truncated trail mark where the suspension bridge to the Paint Pots spanned the Vermilion River in Kootenay National Park. The bridge washed out in 2012, and with no immediate prospect of replacement, hikes to the Paint Pots and the northern region of The Rockwall now begin from Marble Canyon. Follow the trail into Marble Canyon for 150 m to a junction and gate on the left. From […]

Wildflowers along Banff National Park’s Boom Lake trail

Boom Lake has always been one of our favourite early-season hikes. And Thursday, July 18, was no exception as we made our way along the 5.1-km trail to the lake from Boom Creek Picnic Area. The lush forest was filled with wildflowers, and the trip took a lot longer than usual as we stopped to photograph dozens of different blooms. Tall white bog orchid, bunchberry, yellow columbine, and heart-leaved arnica […]

Hiking Trail Update for Waterton Lakes National Park

On June 19th, Waterton Lakes National Park received over 200mm of rain in less than 24 hours. Flooding created major washouts along the first 7 km of the Akamina Parkway, cutting access to Cameron Lake and several trails that branch from that road. Lauren Baker of Tamarack Outdoor Outfitters in Waterton indicates that the road may not be repaired until September. While this closure has eliminated Tamarack‚Äôs popular shuttle run […]

Hiking Trail Update for southern Banff National Park

As of July 14, many trails within the southern half of Banff National Park have reopened after June flooding. Although many backcountry bridges have been compromised, stream levels are now low enough for careful fording. Parks Canada has reopened the following hiking areas: Glacier Lake Mosquito Creek Norman Lakes Paradise Valley Shadow Lake (via Gibbon Pass only) Skoki Valley Spray River (via Spray East Connector trail only) Taylor Lake Twin […]

Hiking Trail Update for Banff National Park South

As of July 14, many trails within the southern half of Banff National Park have reopened after June flooding. Although many backcountry bridges have been compromised, stream levels are now low enough for careful fording. Parks Canada has reopened the following hiking areas: Glacier Lake Mosquito Creek Norman Lakes Paradise Valley Shadow Lake (via Gibbon Pass only) Skoki Valley Spray River (via Spray East Connector trail only) Taylor Lake Twin […]