Canadian Rockies Hiking Blog

Mountain elevations and trail distances

Dr. Gerard Lachapelle from the University of Calgary refines elevations of peaks in the Canadian Rockies, elevating some and downgrading others. Two of the biggest problems in creating the first trail guide to the Mountain Parks was the accurate measurement of trail...

Virtual backpacking in the age of coronavirus

  We're still wondering whether there will be much backcountry travel in the Mountain Parks during this coronavirus summer. But you can still make dozens of virtual treks in the Canadian Rockies on the YouTube channel while you're waiting. These lengthy video...

COVID-19 update for the Mountain Parks

  Hiking and backcountry access in the Canadian Rockies during COVID-19 Updated June 1, 2020 Parks Canada began lifting COVID-19 restrictions and closures in the National Parks on Monday, June 1. Most trails and day use areas are now open throughout the Mountain...

Mountain films for the great indoors

Click on Epic Films for the Great Indoors to access the Banff Centre’s page featuring films from the cancelled world tour and 2018 available for free viewing at home during the coronavirus crisis. You can watch these selections on your digital tablet or computer, or...

Snow pillows predict a late spring

In these uncertain times, it's hard to guess what the 2020 season holds for hikers. But snow pillows are predicting one of the latest hiking seasons in recent years. Since I started writing this blog back around 2014, I've tried to predict when the first high trails...

The Loneliness of the Solitary Backpacker

A veteran solo backpacker looks back to a decade of exploration on the remote trails of Banff, Jasper and the Willmore Wilderness and provides useful tips for today's wilderness travellers. Back before there were text-enabled GPS units, solar panels with power banks,...

Jasper Park’s “Trails and trips” online guides

  Winter is finally losing its grip on the Canadian Rockies. The first robins have made an appearance, not to mention the first grizzly bears. It won’t be long until we hear the sound of the first mosquitoes buzzing in our ears. Even if you’re not looking forward...

Vanishing Trails in the Mountain Parks

Gavin Fitch is a lawyer in Calgary, the President of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and a self-described "hardcore crazy backpacker". As an active backpacker plying the remote valleys of the mountain parks over the past decade, he has experienced trails that...

South Boundary Trail—The Movie

RAGING RIVERS! RAVENOUS WOLVES PURSUING FRANTIC DEER! GRIZZLY BEARS ON THE PROWL! TRAILS THAT SUDDENLY DISAPPEAR! Share the adventure as two intrepid backpackers follow a fading 120-km track through Jasper's most remote mountain wilderness.   Despite...