Canadian Rockies Hiking Blog

After the snow—autumn hiking in the Canadian Rockies

September snow used to be a regular event in Banff and the eastern valleys of the Canadian Rockies. Not so much during the past two decades. But conditions turned very "old school" this week when the Front Ranges experienced a major storm and freezing temperatures...

Mudslide closes Jasper’s Cavell Road and area trails

The landscape just keeps moving beneath the north face of Mount Edith Cavell. Once again, Cavell Pond has overflowed and sent a rush of water and debris over the south end of the Cavell Road just below main parking area. The overflow occurred on the night of August 15...

Hiking with Gem Trek in the Canadian Rockies

When we published the first editions of the Canadian Rockies Trail Guide, we only recommended government-produced maps from the National Topographic System (NTS) 1:50,000 series. Despite the fact that trails were sometimes misplaced (or simply not shown) and bridges...

A new approach to Jasper’s South Boundary

It isn’t news to active hikers and backpackers in Jasper, but the South Boundary Trail as it appears in the 9th edition of the Canadian Rockies Trail Guide doesn’t really work anymore. In the last edition of our guidebook, we alluded to problems between Breccia Canyon...

Balmy days and dry trails in the Mountain Parks

  Back in the early days, people had a choice for cooling off during the heat of summer—go to a movie theatre (the first air-conditioned venues) or travel to the mountains. Air conditioning may be universal today, but the alpine trails of the Canadian Rockies are...

Favourite waterfall hikes in the Canadian Rockies

The first hot weather of summer has descended on the Rockies, and as snow and icefields start to melt, most of the waterfalls start to roar. Athabasca, Sunwapta, Takakkaw and Bow are all impressive cascades that are visited by roadside visitors every summer. But for...

Wildfire triggers trail closures in Banff Park

The Spreading Creek Fire, ignited by lightning on Alberta forest land east of Saskatchewan River Crossing on July 3, has expanded into Banff National Park and resulted in the closure of several popular trails. Parks Canada has closed trails around Saskatchewan River...