Canmore and Bow Valley

New start to Stoneworks Canyon etc

If you’re aiming for Stoneworks Canyon or the west end of Douglas Fir Bench and other trails there’s a new access. From Hwy. 1  in Canmore going west take exit 89 and turn left onto the service road. Drive past Palliser Village. Park on the south side of the service road about 100 m east [...]

Under Yamnuska in winter

The Yamnuska Natural Area, as it used to be called, is now part of Bow Valley Wildland Park, but to me it remains a special place with its amazing diversity of glacial land forms  and habitats. Most people visit in summer. But it’s also a great place to wander around in winter when the  numerous [...]

Winter Walk Yamnuska

Last Saturday we descended the trail from the east ridge of Yamnuska. It was well packed and not at all slippery with dry areas at the shaley viewpoints. Obviously a lot of people had been walking up this trail and most had  been to Ravens End. We on the other hand, looking to make an [...]

East Wind Pond Revisited

We  haven’t been back to East Wind Pond for a long time and were  expecting the worst. Would the old exploration roads have grown in? Would the trail stamped out by the boy scouts nearly 20 years ago even BE there? I was trying to explain to some hikers at the trailhead where we were [...]

How to get to Middle Sister

The ongoing construction in Canmore has changed the access to many trails, often for the better. The Stewart Creek trail to Middle Sister is no exception. While Canmorites know where to go, out-of-towners may be puzzled and, heaven forbid, still trying to follow the routes written up in the third edition of the Kananaskis Country [...]

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