Canadian Rockies Hiking Blog

Banff National Park: 9 days in the backcountry

  One of the pleasures of writing this blog is receiving queries from backpackers seeking advice on trips into remote reaches of the Mountain Parks. I received a couple of these this spring, including one from a Jim Shipley of Calgary, who was planning a two-week...

New hiking bridges in Kootenay National Park

Kootenay National Park's Paint Pots and Stanley Glacier trails are fully operational again thanks to the installation of two bridges. Spring washouts in recent years have been hard on bridges throughout the Mountain Parks. One of the most popular of these was the span...

Autumn Road Closures in the Mountain Parks

As happens every year following the Thanksgiving weekend, Parks Canada has closed all the side roads in Banff, Jasper and Yoho National Parks for the season. The week or two following these closures is always bittersweet—sad to see the end of summer but a great time...

A virtual trek to Devon Lakes in Banff National Park

Time was that planning a hike in the mountain parks was limited to a few lines in a park brochure, maybe a map, or at best a trail guide description illustrated with one or two photographs. Not so today. Google the name of any trail in the Canadian Rockies and you’ll...

Where the bears are in the Canadian Rockies

There are certain trails in the mountain parks where I always think about bears. But I always think about them more, and somewhat nervously, when hiking alone in the autumn. The incidence of serious grizzly encounters always seems to rise in the fall. Bears are at...

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...