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5 Best Day Trips from Calgary (Alberta)

One of the best things about Calgary is the abundance of attractions in and around town. No matter the season there is always something fun to do, especially outdoors. And one of the best ways to enjoy the great outdoors is to take advantage of all the extraordinary attractions all within a short drive from …

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Edith Cavell Meadows Trail Jasper National Park

With the arrival of summer, it’s time to get out and explore the great outdoors. And in Alberta there’s no better place than the Canadian Rockies for hiking and nature appreciation. In Jasper National Park you will find one of the most spectacular hikes in Canada. The Edith Cavell Meadows hiking trail includes glaciers, a …

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15 Beautiful Lakes in Alberta You Should Visit

Road tripping around Alberta is an experience of a lifetime. The majestic Rocky Mountains offer extraordinary views while driving and especially when you hike the trails. Or while seated in a canoe or kayak visiting jaw dropping gorgeous lakes. In this post you’ll find 15 beautiful lakes in the Canadian Rockies that you should visit. …

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Hike Around Lake Louise Banff National Park

Lake Louise is famous for its brilliant turquoise color, magnificent ski resort, plus a not too shabby chateau. And it’s a beautiful place for a quick hike around the lake to see the creek that feeds this pretty glacial lake in the Rocky Mountains. Lake Louise is a fun day trip from Calgary, Banff, or …

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Rawson Lake via Upper Kananaskis Lake Trail in Winter

The one beautiful thing about Rawson Lake via Upper Kananaskis Lake Trail is that you get to visit two lakes with Rocky Mountain views, a frozen waterfall, and hike through a gorgeous pine forest. Okay, that’s more than one beautiful thing. And that’s what makes Rawson Lake and Upper Kananaskis Trail the perfect winter hike …

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Snowshoeing Chester Lake Kananaskis Alberta

Hiking Chester Lake in Kananaskis is a wonderful experience, especially during larch season. But snowshoeing Chester Lake upon newly fallen snow is magical. Snow covered evergreens create a fairytale backdrop in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta’s Kananaskis Country. It’s already several years (okay, decades) since I stepped into snowshoes, so Chester Lake in November felt …

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Hiking Wilcox Pass Trail Jasper National Park

Looking for a great hike with panoramic views on your way to Jasper? Wilcox Pass in Jasper National Park is an ideal hike for anyone driving the Icefields Parkway from Banff to Jasper. What makes Wilcox Pass trail the perfect hike is the fact that you can see spectacular views early into the hiking path. …

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Golden British Columbia Rocky Mountains Vacation

Where is the best place to explore the Canadian Rockies? There are many places, but one stands out for me as the perfect location for a Rocky Mountain vacation. Last summer I planned a road trip from Calgary to the small town of Golden British Columbia and enjoyed 10 beautiful days in the Rockies. The …

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