Canadian Rockies Hiking Blog

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...

Hydrating with SteriPEN in the Canadian Rockies

This week’s warm weather brought memories of a day hike last summer during similar conditions. As has been my habit, I didn’t bring enough water for the day, and by the time we were halfway through our hike, my water bottle was empty. And has been my habit over many...

Popular trails thawing in the Mountain Parks

The endless winter has finally loosened its grip in the Canadian Rockies, and high country trails are slowly opening up in all the Mountain Parks. Following are latest conditions from some of the most popular hiking destinations: Sunshine Meadows. The shuttle bus to...

Hiking in Hokas: A Canadian Rockies review

Hiking in running shoes is nothing new. We started using Nike and Adidas runners on day hikes when we were preparing the second edition of the Canadian Rockies Trail Guide. As they say, one pound saved on your feet equals 10 pounds in your pack. On one occasion, we...

More spring hikes in Jasper

I don’t get to Jasper nearly enough these days. Time was we would spend a good chunk of our summers hiking and backpacking in the park. And one summer we worked in nearby Mt Robson and made frequent day trips there. That’s why I find myself feeling frustrated this...

Wood tick time in the Canadian Rockies

  A minor miracle this spring. I've hiked three notorious “tick” trails in the Rockies and returned without any of these annoying little critters crawling on my body or in my hair. Now that trails on southerly-exposed slopes are opening up in the mountain parks,...