Wednesday, Sept 10, wasn't an ideal day to be hiking in the Sunshine Meadows or anywhere else in the mountain parks, as Sunshine's Rock Isle Lake webcam shows. But better days are on the horizon. Keep checking the Rock Isle webcam link for disappearing snow and glorious autumn hiking conditions.

Wednesday, Sept 10, wasn’t an ideal day to be hiking in the Sunshine Meadows or anywhere else in the mountain parks, as Sunshine’s Rock Isle Lake webcam can attest. But better days are on the horizon. Keep checking Mountain Webcams at Sunshine Village. These high webcams will provide a good indication of what conditions are like at 2300m (7,500 ft) throughout the mountain parks.

September snow used to be a regular event in Banff and the eastern valleys of the Canadian Rockies. Not so much during the past two decades. But conditions turned very “old school” this week when the Front Ranges experienced a major storm and freezing temperatures (minus 8 degrees in Banff on Sept 11). It certainly wasn’t a time to go hiking in the mountain parks or, worse yet, to get caught out on an extended backpacking trip.

But fear not. The weather forecast is predicting a true Indian Summer for the coming week. And with “Larch Weekend” just around the corner, we should be getting some of the best high hiking in years.