Monthly Archives: October 2013

Numa Creek Fire postscript

Any hiker who planned on completing Kootenay National Park’s Rockwall Trail after late July knows that the route was closed between Tumbling and Numa Passes due to a lightning-ignited wildfire in the Numa Creek valley. The following Parks Canada video illustrates why the trail was closed and the tactics used to limit the fire’s spread. The Rockwall Trail passes through the head of the valley, and as you watch this […]

A Wild Year in Banff National Park

 “That ain’t no ground squirrel!” We don’t expect to see many animals when we’re hiking in the mountain parks. Ground squirrels, grey jays and, if we’re on the right trail, maybe hoary marmots, pikas and ptarmigan. If we’re looking for wildlife, the big sexy kind like bear, bighorn sheep, elk, moose or wolf, the highways are a better bet. But that doesn’t mean animals aren’t near, maybe even watching us […]

Moraine Lake and Yoho Valley Roads close for the season

A sure sign of autumn is the seasonal closure of roads to Moraine Lake and the Yoho Valley. Both roads will be officially gated for the season on Tuesday, October 15. But no one in Lake Louise or Field is crying over the closures. With a high pressure building in and a week of magnificent Indian summer weather predicted, locals and other savvy outdoor folk will be enjoying these vehicle-free […]

Best autumn hikes in Banff National Park

Don’t write off the autumn hiking season when the larch needles fall or the first snow dusts the high country of Banff National Park. October and November have always been a favourite time to exploit the last best days of the year. The only caveat: trails must be snow and ice-free. Otherwise we’re into winter travel. Make sure you adjust for the change of season. It’s often chilly at this […]