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…