Monthly Archives: January 2014

Waterton’s Akamina Parkway reopens

The Akamina Parkway, which runs for 16 km from Waterton townsite to Cameron Lake in Waterton Lakes National Park, suffered serious damage from a major storm on June 19. Several washouts and roadbed collapses forced closure of the road for the remainder of the summer and rendered some of park’s most popular hiking trails inaccessible. (See Hiking Trail Update for Waterton Lakes National Park on this site. ) But following […]

Rebuilding bridges in Banff

According to Banff National Park superintendent Dave McDonough, the record storm and flooding that hit the Canadian Rockies in June 2013 caused $19 million in damage to the park. Approximately half of that was to infrastructure, and much of that was the loss of 49 bridges on backcountry trails. But a lot of repair work has been completed since the storm. The Spray River bridge at km-6 on the Spray […]

Facebook: My favourite Canadian Rockies pages

I’m not a big social media fan. I don’t maintain a Facebook page or have a Twitter feed. But lately I’ve been checking out some Facebook pages linked to Parks Canada or created by local support groups. Without exception, I’ve discovered some great current news posted by Canadian Rockies park staff and visitors. These sites are valuable resources, particularly for backcountry users. There are many excellent photos contributed by park […]

Mike from Frisco—Champion guidebook contributor

When Bart Robinson and I first published the Canadian Rockies Trail Guide, we wanted to provide information on all the known trails in the mountain parks. In addition to the primary day hikes and backpacks we surveyed and measured ourselves, we also collected snippets of information, mainly from park wardens, on the longer, more remote trails. Another component of that first edition was a six-page summary of the proposed Great […]