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Jul 6, 2016 - Mount Kidd Rv Park

Today we drove from Sicamous to Kananaskis. We drug the trailer over the Kicking Horse Pass into Alberta. Today was our big hills day. The views were breath-taking. Tomorrow we are doing a side trip up to Banff. It should be fun. We drove to Banff and toured Banff Springs Hotel, and enjoyed another delicious lunch. On our way out of the park we came face to face with a deer.

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Feb 1, 2015 - Rummel Lake

A couple of years ago we met Neville Mallett at Mistaya Lodge. Neville is from New Zealand via Brisbane Australia and Montevideo Uruguay. He is taking a break from his S. America adventure for some skiing and visiting in Canada. He's staying with us for a few days before we all head back to Mistaya Lodge next week. We decided a little ski touring would be a good idea to get the legs ready and headed to Rummel Lake for a nice little tour. The Whiskey Jacks were very friendly!

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Sep 20, 2014 - Day 42 - Boulton Creek Campground

After a wonderful visit with the Cookes, we drove east, back through the Crowsnest Pass, in order to hook up with highway #22, "The Cowboy Trail", which goes north through "some of the best ranching country in Canada" - gently rolling foothills, framed by the Rockies to the west. We stopped to tour the Bar U Ranch, the only National Historic Site that commemorates the history of ranching. First established in 1882, the Bar U was once a large corporate ranch that encompassed almost 158,000 acres. Just north of Longview, we turned west on...

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Sep 19, 2014 - Day 41 - Crowsnest to Kananaskis

After a wonderful visit with the Cookes, we drove east, back through the Crowsnest Pass, in order to hook up with highway #22, "The Cowboy Trail", which goes north through "some of the best ranching country in Canada" - gently rolling foothills, framed by the Rockies to the west. We stopped to tour the Bar U Ranch, the only National Historic Site that commemorates the history of ranching. First established in 1882, the Bar U was once a large corporate ranch that encompassed almost 158,000 acres. Just north of Longview, we turned west on...

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Aug 9, 2014 - The Birdswood Traverse

We've been planning on hiking the Birdswood Traverse for years and something has always gotten in the way. But today was the day and it was even more spectacular than we had hoped! Char and Mary joined us on this adventure and after spending 45 minutes fording Smuts Creek, we found the trail head. We also found a large pile of fresh bear scat on the trail. So the next part of the hike was done with many "Yo Bear" and "Hey Bruuuuuuuin" calls as we walked. After the initial walk through the trees, we started the climb up to Smuts pass, then...

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Aug 5, 2014 - Rawson Lake

We planned to hike this morning but woke up to a fogged in valley, very unusual for Canmore! So we had a leisurely breakfast and when the fog started to lift we headed to Upper Kananaskis Lake. After a picnic lunch with a stunning view, we hiked to Rawson Lake and then climbed up to the ridge above the lake. A steeper walk than we remember but Ann and Rook were troopers and we were rewarded with the spectacular view when we reached the top. A mountain goat, ground squirrels and coyote were also enjoying the view.

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Jul 27, 2014 - Walking the horseshoe on Tent Ridge

Tent Ridge is one of our all time favourite hikes in the Canadian Rockies. It is a horseshoe shaped ridge and after a steep climb there is a long walk around the "U" before descending to essentially the starting point. A rare opportunity to walk a ridge without requiring a car shuttle. And the views can't be beat! Dale hiked with the ladies today as we were joined by neighbor Mary and her friends Char and Susan. We got a bit off track at the start of the hike but luckily discovered that it doesn't really matter which end you start at, both...

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Jul 18, 2014 - Old Goat Glacier

A hazy, smoke filled sky made for a tough decision on where to hike today. No point in going up high so we settled on the Old Goat Glacier. This is such a great hike! Only a 30 minute drive from home, a pleasant approach along a spongy forest trail beside a creek, lots of wild flowers, a barren but spectacular glacial bowl complete with high lateral moraine, a pretty tarn and a roaring waterfall. No need for a clear blue sky to enjoy this hike! Friends Mary and Phil joined us and we explored all the area had to offer. The perfect hike for a...

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Jul 5, 2014 - A Concert At Mount Engadine Lodge

Every summer we make a point of attending one of the Music in the Meadows concerts at Mt. Engadine Lodge. It is always a wonderful evening of visiting, moose viewing, a great meal and a fun folk music concert. This year there were no moose in the mud wallow but dinner was great and the concert put on by Cara Luft was as entertaining as usual!

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Jun 8, 2014 - Highwood Pass

Highway 40 at Highwood Pass in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park is the highest paved road in Canada. From Dec 15 - June 15 every year, the section of Highway 40 from the the Kananaskis Lakes turnoff to Highwood House near Longview is closed to vehicular traffic. This is great news if you are a Big Horn Sheep, Grizzly Bear or road cyclist. Today was a great day for a ride in the mountains so Pam set off with neighbor Mary to ride the W. section of the road to the pass. Pretty much up hill the entire way with 500 m of elevation gain over 18 km....

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Oct 26, 2013 - Mt. Allan Centennial Ridge

The forecast says that 15cm of snow is coming our way tomorrow, so today was likely our last day of hiking in the Rockies this year. And we finished off our season on the highest maintained trail in Canada, Mt. Allan Centennial Ridge. We didn't get to the summit but did get in a 12km hike with 1170m of elevation gain to 2500m, a great last training hike before our trip to Nepal and Bhutan. We were joined by friends Mary and Phil on a warm but windy fall day for this spectacular hike. After a hard uphill grunt we were rewarded with a...

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Oct 22, 2013 - Winter at Buller Pass

Another beautiful fall day in the Rockies as we continue training for our Himalayan adventure. Headed to Buller Pass with our neighbour Mary. Despite some slick footing in the trees, we persevered and passed through a lovely larch forest before heading to the pass. Great views in all directions and the light on the way home was magical!

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