Canadian Rockies Hiking Blog

Moraine Lake and Yoho Valley Roads close for the season

A sure sign of autumn is the seasonal closure of roads to Moraine Lake and the Yoho Valley. Both roads will be officially gated for the season on Tuesday, October 15. But no one in Lake Louise or Field is crying over the closures. With a high pressure building in and...

Best autumn hikes in Banff National Park

Don’t write off the autumn hiking season when the larch needles fall or the first snow dusts the high country of Banff National Park. October and November have always been a favourite time to exploit the last best days of the year. The only caveat: trails must be snow...

Trans Canada Trail Hiker

When completed, the Trans Canada Trail will extend 23,500 kilometres (14,600 miles) from coast to coast, with a spur leading from Edmonton up through the Yukon to the Arctic Ocean. Around 80% of the trail has been completed, with section south of Banff National Park...

Late larches in the Purcell Range

Canadian Rockies Trail Guide contributor Jim Thorsell sends along this photo of fresh snow and golden larches at Brewer Lakes in the Purcell Range. He comments that "about 1/3 of larches as of 25 Sept had turned so our larch season is later here with a peak this year...

Best Larch Hikes in the Canadian Rockies

Every September, alpine larch (Larix lyalli) needles turn a brilliant gold at higher elevations throughout the Canadian Rockies, and hikers are inspired by some of the best weather of the season to go in search of autumn splendour in the high, subalpine forest of the...

Checking out the Larch Webcam at Lake Louise

Wondering if the alpine larch needles in the Canadian Rockies have turned gold yet? Check out the Lake Louise Gondola’s “Larch Cam”, located on the shoulder of Whitehorn Mountain near the top of the Ptarmigan Chair (2400m/7874 ft). Peak of autumn colour is usually the...

Highway 40 reopens over Highwood Pass

Highway 40 running over Highwood Pass in Kananaskis Country reopened on September 4, 2013, for the first time this year following June flooding that damaged several sections of the road. It is the highest public road in Canada and provides access to several popular...

Sunshine Meadows shuttle cancelled for the season

The popular hiker’s shuttle bus to Sunshine Meadows has been stalled all summer by June (2013) flooding that washed out many sections of the Sunshine Road. Shuttle operator White Mountain Adventures had hopes of getting back on the road sometime in August, but damage...