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 shallow lakes are frozen hard, swept clear of snow by the strong winds that blow through the gap. (I keep meaning to bring skates!) Thanks to the winds and very little snowfall, the open forests, the meadows, the south-facing slopes — a tough blend of Dryas,Kinnikinnick, juniper and grass—are often bare or laced with snow patches that don’t hinder you much in following the trails. Here’s a few pics from out latest trip. Check out Early Season Hiking below Yamnuska for a trail map.