Canadian Rockies Hiking Blog

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,...

Howse Pass: The disappearing trail

Of a number of trails that have disappeared since the first edition of the Canadian Rockies Trail Guide, Howse Pass may be the most famous. The trail up the Howse River to Howse Pass and the Columbia Valley beyond was first travelled by North West Company fur trader...

Measuring the length of Canadian Rockies hiking trails

When we set out to create the first edition of the Canadian Rockies Trail Guide, we needed a way of accurately measuring the trails, many of which had never been measured before. Professional surveying wheels with their small wheels and substantial weight were out of...

Backpacking with Luci® lights

Technology continues to bloom in the backcountry, but one of the best and simplest I discovered this summer is the Luci solar-powered light. LED lights are nothing new on the trail. LED light output and reliability is used in headlamps and even strip-lights to...

Jasper’s South Boundary Trail revisited

We originally hiked and measured Jasper Park's South Boundary Trail many years ago, but a lot has changed since then. Wildfires, floods, rampaging grizzly bears (well, we did have a rampaging grizzly bear). The only way we can keep the Canadian Rockies Trail Guide...