Monthly Archives: May 2014

Springtime in the Canadian Rockies—A hiker’s update

Groundhog Day? You don’t have to ask the groundhog, or his mountain cousin cousin the hoary marmot, about the arrival of spring in the Canadian Rockies. You can always bet on at least six more weeks of winter. I consider spring has arrived when the snowpack reaches its peak and starts its steady meltdown into summer. Judging from the records at high-elevation snow stations, that occurs in early May. Back […]


Jasper’s Discovery Trail—An early season hike

There aren’t many places you can hike on dry trail at this time of year. But if you find yourself in Jasper, the lowest community in the mountain parks (1060m/3,480ft), you can get a jump on the season by hiking around the townsite on the Discovery Trail. The Discovery Trail is a relatively new route created by Parks Canada, the Municipality of Jasper, the Friends of Jasper National Park and […]