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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,...

Springtime in the Canadian Rockies—A hiker’s update

Groundhog Day? You don’t have to ask the groundhog, or his mountain cousin cousin the hoary marmot, about the arrival of spring in the Canadian Rockies. You can always bet on at least six more weeks of winter. I consider spring has arrived when the snowpack reaches...

Jasper’s Discovery Trail—An early season hike

There aren’t many places you can hike on dry trail at this time of year. But if you find yourself in Jasper, the lowest community in the mountain parks (1060m/3,480ft), you can get a jump on the season by hiking around the townsite on the Discovery Trail. The...

Canadian Rockies’ Great Divide Trail revisited

An article in the March 24th Calgary Herald brought back long-ago memories of efforts to establish The Great Divide Trail from Waterton to Mount Robson and beyond. Entitled “Official Status sought for 1,200-km Great Divide hiking trail”, it detailed efforts by the...

Early spring hikes in the Columbia Valley

If golfers can golf, hikers can hike. And both have been going at it for the past two weeks above the shores of Lake Windermere in the Columbia Valley. While the landscape is fairly brown and the lake ice-covered (for a few more days), most of the lower valley trails...

Classic hiking guidebooks by Don Beers

Don Beers began his hiking career in the early 1950s under the tutelage of Leonard Leacock, the well-known music composer and instructor at Mount Royal College, who may well lay claim to being the earliest recreational hiker in the Canadian Rockies. Many of Don's...

Hollywood hiking in the Canadian Rockies

Oscars time again and it always amazes me how Hollywood hoopla captivates the media, even here in Canada. And everyone seems to be looking for a connection, no matter how tenuous, to the glamour of the film industry. Of course, the Canadian Rockies aren't exempt. More...