The Legend of Banff Sunshine Meadows Lives On

I remember it clearly like it was yesterday.  Driving from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan for our annual 2 week family camping trip to the Canadian Rocky Mountains. It was not every day you saw the world go from completely flat to monstrous towering rock. The trip that year would be extra special for me, as we would…

Joffre Lakes Hike, Pemberton, British Columbia

Location: From Pemberton take the BC-99S for 29.6 km. Eventually you will see a sign that says Joffre Lakes hike. Turn right  into the parking lot. This road into the parking lot is also called Pemberton Portage Rd. Distance & Elevation Gain:  First Lake: 50 metres (5 minutes), Elevation Gain not significant Second Lake: 3 km…

Ptarmigan Cirque, Kananaskis, Alberta

Location: Ptarmigan Cirque Hike is located in Highwood Pass. From Calgary drive on the AB-1 W. Go left on the AB-40 S. Drive down here until you reach Highwood Pass. Distance & Elevation Gain: 4km, 280 metres Difficulty: Moderate Child Carrier Accessible: Carrier access. Toddler could hike themselves but the start would be difficult for them. Facilities: Outhouses, 1 picnic table…

Grouse Grind, North Vancouver, British Columbia

Location: Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver, British Columbia. 23 minutes from downtown Vancouver. From Lions Gate Bridge take a slight right onto Marine Drive. Turn left onto Capilano Drive and continue onto Nancy Greene Way until you reach Grouse Mountain. Distance & Elevation Gain: 2.9 km, 2,800 ft Difficulty: Difficult. Child Carrier Accessible: Carrier access only. Facilities: Full service washrooms, gondola, restaurants,…

Big Hill Springs Hike, near Calgary, Alberta

Location: Big Hill Springs Provincial Park, 20 minutes from Calgary, Alberta. From Calgary turn right off of HWY-1A  (Crowchild) at Lochend Road/AB-766 N. After about 11 km turn left onto Big Hill Springs Road/AB-567 W. Drive about 3.2 km and turn left onto Range Rd 3A. There is a sign for the parking lot. Distance & Elevation Gain: 2.3 km…

Quarry Rock, Deep Cove, North Vancouver, BC

Location: Deep Cove, Vancouver, BC. From Vancouver take the Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 W. Take MT Seymour Pkwy W to Deep Cove Road which is in North Vancouver. Take a left on Deep Cove road until you reach deep cove. Turn left of Panarama Drive. The Trail is located on Panarama Drive. When looking at the ocean in Deep…

Johnston Canyon, Banff, Alberta

Hike: Johnson Canyon Location: Located about 25 minutes from Banff. Follow the Trans Canada Highway/ Alberta 1 West to Bow Valley Parkway. Drive on Bow Valley Parkway (~18 km) until you reach Johnston Canyon. The trail head is easy to find and starts at the end of the parking lot beside the washrooms. Distance and Elevation…

Lower Falls Trail, Golden Ears Provincial Park, British Columbia

Hike: Lower Falls Trail Location: Golden Ears Provincial Park, British Columbia near Maple Ridge. Located about 1 hour from Vancouver, BC and about 20 minutes from Maple Ridge, BC. Driving instruction available on Google Maps. The Trail head is easily located in the Gold Creek day use parking lot in the Golden Ears Provincial Park. Distance: 2.7…