Canadian Rockies Hiking Blog

A case for park trailminders

The recent citation issued to a civilian trailminder in Kootenay Park has brought national attention to a question I've been asking for quite sometime. Why is it that provincial parks, lands & forest agencies, and municipalities can work with volunteer groups to...

Remembering Mel Hurtig

Mel Hurtig passed away last week at age 84 after a brief illness, and a myriad of articles have been published across Canada lauding his achievements and devotion to Canada. But I also remember him as a friend and an enthusiastic walker who loved the mountains of...

New Gem Trek maps

Gem Trek has just released a batch of revised titles. And as usual, these colourful recreational maps provide the latest and best information for several popular hiking areas in the Mountain Parks. Kootenay National Park-5th edition. This 1:100,000 scale map is...

Bug Wars: The Death of DEET?

For over 50 years outdoor folk have been using insect repellents containing DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide). In concentrations of 15% or more, it has been the most effective and reliable barrier against mosquitoes, ticks, and other blood-sucking critters. Now there are...

Sunshine Village gondola opens for summer

After an absence of 20 years, the Sunshine Village gondola will once again transport hikers to the Sunshine Meadows on weekends and holidays for the 2016 season. The gondola will commence its summer operation on July 1st with the bonus of a free ride on the Standish...

Akamina Parkway closure

Hikers bound for several of Waterton Lakes National Park's most popular trails won't have the luxury of driving to trailheads on the Akamina Parkway this summer. Parks Canada has closed the popular 16-kilometre roadway from Waterton Townsite to Cameron Lake while...

Early season hiking

It's been one of the earliest springs on record. But if you've ever wondered why we don't recommend for our readers to hit the high country trails, all you have to do is check out this Parks Canada update from early May for Waterton's popular Crypt Lake trail. While...

Trail running in the Canadian Rockies

There is a notion that trail running in the Canadian Rockies is relatively new. Actually, it's been around since  the first recreational running shoes were created by Nike, Adidas and New Balance in the mid-1970s. I recall camping at Twintree Lake on Jasper's North...

Reserving Jasper’s backcountry

Backpackers planning trips for Jasper National Park's backcountry this summer can go online as of today (January 28) to reserve campsites. The new website provides a quick way of insuring the campsites you need for overnight excursions. The new website,...