The Mountain Parks
Travel Guide to Western Canada
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Experience the Mountain Parks Welcome to Canada’s Mountain National Parks! 2017 marks the 150th Birthday of Canada as a nation. It is an important milestone and one that is expected to bring record numbers of travellers to our mountain national parks. We realize that increasing numbers are likely to cause congestion, especially this summer.
Experience the Mountain Parks is the only traveller’s guide for all seven of the national parks in BC and Alberta. We hope it becomes a trusted travelling companion for you, no matter what park(s) you visit, so keep it close by at all times.
Because we want you to have a wonderful holiday while you are here, our writers have dug deep to find numerous “hidden gems” to help you avoid standing in long lineups and circling parking lots. And inside, we’ve included maps, and more maps: everyone loves maps!
We sincerely hope that you have a magical time. We know Experience the Mountain Parks can help you enjoy your visit, and we are truly honoured to be of service.
You’ll be taking a lot of pictures in the mountain national parks. Upload your best photos and selfies to our annual reader contest (see pg 65) for a chance to win a Sunshine Getaway or a brand new Nikon camera, and much more!
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hails from Australia. She moved to Canada in 2005 and works as a Tourism Consultant in Hinton. Melissa is a keen photographer and uses her own series of local snapshots to create unique local gifts. She has a love for the coal mine history in Central Alberta and was the driving force behind (David Thompson Corridor pg 29)
a naturalist, author, photographer, storyteller and one of only six master naturalists in the area. For the past two decades, he has been sharing the nature and history of western Canada, with groups from all over the world. Let him personalize a tour for you and your friends. WardCameron.com
best-selling author of thirteen books. Three of his titles have been finalists in the Banff Mountain Book Festival including the popular classic, Walks and Easy Hikes in the Canadian Rockies – a Canadian Rockies Companion Guide. His most recent is the novel, Siren Call. Visit his website: mountainvision.ca (Hidden Gems-Maligne Ravine pg 38)
Calgary-based freelance writer and lover of all things adventurous in the mountains. She spends her weekends gliding through snow or water. She has an 8 year old son and loves hiking, camping, and exploring the backcountry with her husband and son. Visit Tanya’s Blog where she chronicles her adventures
an independent writer and photographer living in Calgary, Alberta. His work has been featured in Westerworld, Westjet Magazine, Golf Magazine, Golf Tips, NBC.com, and many leading golf and life style publications. When not travelling or working, he enjoys reading, movies, and just chilling out in the backyard with his wife, Dawn, and their four boys. (Classic Cowboy Country Road Trip pg 26)
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Experience the Mountain Parks Table of Contents
Experience the Mountain Parks Welcome to the 2017-18 edition of Experience the Mountain Parks. Use it to plan your holiday and as your companion once you’ve arrived. Please support our advertisers and sponsors and kindly tell them where you saw their ad. Without their support, this guide would not be possible. CMI Publishing is a division of Complete Marketing Inc., a privately owned company with offices in Calgary, Alberta. We specialize in the production of visitor guides and maps in both print as well as digital formats. Printed copies are delivered in bulk to our network of distribution outlets throughout the region. Travellers are encouraged to pick up a FREE printed copy through these outlets or use a mobile-friendly digital copy of this, or any of our current or archived guides from our Mobile Library at ExperienceTravelGuides.com/Library Publisher: Bob Harris, CMI Publishing firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: (403) 259.8290
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Cover photo: Courtesy of Mark Burden Taken: along the ridge on Mount Yamnuska, North side of Bow Valley, Kananaskis Country
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Destinations Banff National Park 19 Golden 57 Icefields Parkway 33 Jasper National Park 30 Kimberley & Area 68 Kootenay Rockies 44 Radium Hot Springs 48 Revelstoke 63 Valemount 42 Waterton Lakes National Park 12 Wells Gray Provincial Park 42 West Kootenays 64
Specialty Pages Accommodation Guide 36 Campground Directory 66 Canada’s 150th Heritage Tour 16 Hidden Gems - Maligne Ravine 38 Jasper’s Night Sky 32 Mount Revelstoke - A “Secret” Park 62 Southern Alberta Circle Tours 8 Sunshine Village 18 The Burgess Shale 56 Trains, Trains, Trains 45 Yoho’s Rockwalls and Waterfalls 53
Map Pages Alberta 7 Banff National Park 20 Banff Townsite 22 Bow Valley Parkway 24 British Columbia 43 Columbia Valley 46 David Thompson Corridor 28 Glacier & Mt. Revelstoke National Park 61 Icefields Parkway 34 & 35 Jasper National Park 30 Jasper Townsite 37 Kootenay National Park 47 Lake Louise Townsite 25 Radium Hot Springs Townsite 51 Waterton Lakes National Park 13 Waterton Townsite 14 Wells Gray Provincial Park 42 Yoho National Park 55
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EXPLORE FURTHER This year, celebrate 150 years of Canada’s confederation the true, north, strong way – outdoors. Grab your WOODSTM gear and get the most out of your adventures.
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Experience the Mountain Parks Experience Alberta! Alberta is nestled between the grain fields of Saskatchewan, to the east and the majestic Rocky Mountains, to the west. National Geographic Magazine calls the Icefields Parkway “One of the World’s Ten Greatest Drives”. This jaw-dropping landscape, amidst the peaks of the Rockies, offers easy access to a vast wilderness of ancient glaciers. (pg 34-35)
First Nations peoples have lived here for more than 10,000 years. For an authentic experience visit the Head-SmashedIn-Buffalo Jump (pg 9). Numerous dinosaur bone beds have been discovered throughout the province. The Royal Tyrrell Museum houses many life-size models. It is a magical place that will keep kids of all ages amazed for hours!
Alberta Fast Facts Capital City: Edmonton Population: 4.23 million History: Entered Canadian Confederation in 1905 Total Area: 661,848 km sq/255,541 mi sq Highest Point: Mount Columbia, 3,747 m/12,293 ft Lowest Point: Slave River, 152 m/499 ft above sea level Longest River: Peace River, 1,923 km/1,195 mi Provincial Flower: Wild Rose Provincial Tree: Lodgepole Pine Provincial Bird: Great Horned Owl Provincial Fish: Bull Trout Provincial Motto: “Strong and Free”
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Experience Southern Alberta
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Discover our self guided tours TourSouthernAlberta.com Royal Tyrrell Museum Atlas Coal Mine
Fort Calgary Lougheed House Dinosaur Provincial Park 842
Okotoks Erratic High River
Bar U Ranch
Frank Slide Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Interpretive Centre Leitch Collieries Lundbreck Falls
Waterton Lakes National Park
Alberta Birds of Prey Centre Coaldale
Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden Galt Museum Cypress Hills Provincial Park
Remington Carriage Museum Devilâ€™s Coulee Museum
Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park
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Atlas Coal Mine (Drumheller) Royal Tyrrell Museum (Drumheller) Heritage Park (Calgary) Lougheed House (Calgary) Fort Calgary (Calgary) Dinosaur Provincial Park Interpretive Centre (Brooks) Medalta Potteries (Medicine Hat) Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens (Lethbridge) Fort Whoop-Up (Lethbridge) Galt Museum & Archives (Lethbridge) Remington Carriage Museum (Cardston) Frank Slide Interpretative Centre (Crowsnest Pass) Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump (Fort Macleod) Fort Museum of Northwest Mounted Police & First Nations (Fort Macleod) • Bar U Ranch (Longview) • Devils Coulee Dinosaur Heritage Museum (Warner)
Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park (Milk River) Brooks Aqueduct (Brooks) Cypress Hills Provincial Park (near Medicine Hat) Leitch Colleries (Crowsnest Pass) Okotoks Erratic (Okotoks) Waterton Lakes National Park SW Alberta Parks (the new Castle, Beauvais Lake, Chain Lakes)
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Stand Up Paddleboarding
Moraine Lake Stand up Paddleboarding (SUP) is one of the most popular water sports across the world today, and what better place to try it than on one of our beautiful mountain lakes? Paddlers can glide across tranquil waters with loons calling in the background at sunrise, or catch some easy waves while riding the Bow River from Banff to Canmore. For more of an adventure, try the newest craze to hit the Rockies. Rent an inflatable board and go SUP Hiking to pristine backcountry lakes. Getting Started – Where to Rent and Get Outfitted Before you jump on the lake, you’ll need to equip yourself with a board, paddle, and personal floatation device (pfd). A rental package will usually include an ankle leash, and includes other safety gear such as a whistle and a rescue throw bag which are both required by all paddlers in Canada. There aren’t many lakeside rental companies operating in the Rockies so you may want to rent a board in Calgary, Canmore, or Banff and transport it to your destination. Inflatable boards are the easiest to transport, and the Banff Canoe Club rents them out by the day with a pump and all required gear. The Kananaskis Outfitters rents boards on weekends at the Barrier Lake Day Use Area in Kananaskis. Nervous to try SUP for the first time without a lesson? Bow Valley SUP, operating out of the Banff and Canmore area, can get you set up with a lesson, rental, and guided first trip. They also offer family-friendly trips and a rental service for those wanting to head out alone.
Top 10 Lakes to SUP Across the Canadian Rockies 1. Vermillion Lakes, Banff—These three lakes are located next to the Banff townsite and provide great opportunities for wildlife viewing. Mt. Rundle provides a stunning backdrop and the water is usually calm for novice paddlers. There are docks located along Vermillion Lakes Drive at each lake and parking can be found along the side of the road. The first lake can also be reached from the Banff Canoe Club docks in town by paddling up Echo Creek. This trip offers beginners a chance to try moving water with a small current that can be paddled both up and downstream. 2. Two Jack Lake and Johnson Lake, Banff—These two lakes are located just outside of town on Lake Minnewanka Loop Rd. Lake Minnewanka is a great place to paddle, however wind and big waves make it much more dangerous than the smaller Two Jack and Johnson Lakes. Both lakes have day use parking with beach areas for families. 3. Lake Louise and Moraine Lake—These iconic Banff lakes should be on every paddler’s bucket list. Views don’t get better than from Lake Louise with Mt. Victoria as your backdrop, or from Moraine Lake circled by the 10 classic peaks that were featured on the Canadian 20 dollar bill. 4. Bow Lake, Banff—This lake is the crown jewel for paddlers travelling along the famous Icefields Parkway. (see pg 34) It’s also one of the hardest lakes to tackle by SUP because of the strong winds. If it’s a calm day, consider it your lucky
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Touring Across the Canadian Rockies day, seize the chance to paddle this magnificent lake! For an added adventure, paddle to the far end of Bow Lake and then proceed on foot to the beautiful Bow Falls. Just remember to bring along a pair of dry shoes.
overnight at the Emerald Lake Lodge and get out on the water at sunrise and sunset for a rare chance to be alone on this popular lake. While you can rent canoes onsite, there are no SUP rentals in the area.
5. Cameron Lake, Waterton—While the 3 Waterton Lakes see heavy wind and large waves, Cameron Lake is smaller, calmer, and perfect for novice paddlers.
9. Barrier Lake, Kananaskis Country—this Lake is a good one for paddlers and is close to Calgary if you want a day trip from the city. Kananaskis Outfitters rents boards lakeside at the Barrier Lake Day Use Area on summer weekends, making this one of the easiest spots to paddle.
6. Middle and Upper Waterton Lakes—If you’re experienced on a board, you’ll want to paddle from Middle to Upper Waterton Lake through the Bosporus. Pay attention to the wind and you can do the paddle one-way as an incredible down winder that just might be the highlight of your trip to the Rockies. There are many docks and day use areas available for launching, and you can set up a shuttle with the help of a bicycle using the Kootenai Brown Bike Trail. 7. Pyramid and Patricia Lakes—When visiting Jasper National Park, these are the two lakes you want to SUP for calm water, stunning reflections, and the chance to paddle with loons at sunrise. Both lakes are located in close proximity on the Pyramid Bench and the two paddles can be broken up with brunch at the Pyramid Lake Resort. Unfortunately, there are no SUP rentals in the Jasper area at this time.
10. Lower and Upper Kananaskis Lakes—If you have some experience under your belt, try either lake in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. The Upper Lake has several small islands that make the perfect spot for a picnic lunch and the Lower Lake has multiple day use areas if you want to set up a oneway shuttle in advance. For a real adventure, reserve a campsite at the Point Backcountry Campground on Upper Kananaskis Lake and try your first SUP backpacking trip. Recruit friends in a canoe for the outing and you won’t have to worry about how to transport your gear! See you on the water this summer! Banff Canoe Club - banffcanoeclub.com Bow Valley SUP - bowvalleysup.ca Kananaskis Outfitters - kananaskisoutfitters.com
8. Emerald Lake, Yoho—this is named for the colour of the water that glows beneath you on a board. You can even stay
Upper Kananaskis Lake
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Experience Waterton Lakes National Park
Tucked away in the southwest corner of Alberta, prairie and lofty mountains meet in an unusual combination of habitats unique in Canadian National Parks. Rare wildflower species are abundant. Wildlife watching is easy. Waterton has an interesting geologic history. Water sculpts the land with abundant lakes, streams and waterfalls. The climate adds to the drama. Whether you are a back-country enthusiast, or someone who’d rather curl up with a good book, come bask in the natural glory of Waterton’s majestic landscape. For over 10,000 years, travellers have made their way to this special place. 300 archaeological sites reveal the activities of the first people. European explorers and settlers also left their mark. In 1858, Lt. Thomas Blakiston, a member of the famous Palliser Expedition, was one of the area’s earliest explorers. He bestowed its name in honour of the 19th century naturalist Charles Waterton. In 1895, Waterton was protected thanks to the efforts of local ranchers including Fredrick Godsal. John George “Kootenai” Brown, a wilderness trapper, became the areas first settler and the first park superintendent in 1911.
Around the turn of the 20th century, the discovery of oil in the Park led to the drilling of Western Canada’s first producing oil well. The discovery also contributed to the establishment of the Waterton community in 1910. In 1927, the Prince of Wales Hotel was built and has become one of the most photographed landmarks in Canada. Both the Prince of Wales Hotel and Oil City are designated national historic sites. Here, nature knows no political boundary. Waterton shares an important border with Glacier National Park, Montana. Hence, in 1932, Waterton and Glacier parks together, were designated as the world’s first International Peace Park. The Peace Park concept was spawned by Rotary Clubs in Montana and Alberta to commemorate the long friendship between the USA and Canada. The concept has evolved and now ecosystem management is an important consideration. However, the fundamental agreement remains intact, communicating a concept of peace and friendship. Waterton Glacier International Peace Park was the first of hundreds of peace parks globally and it is now an UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site designation.
Frommer’s 2009 guide describes Waterton as the least well travelled of Canada’s Rocky Mountain Parks, but “quite possibly the most spectacular”. “Waterton is positively other worldly, with its abrupt shift from prairie to mountain terrain, as well as its icy-blue lake that fills an ancient gully surrounded by mountains and glaciers,” reads the report from Frommer. 12 | Enter Our Photo & Selfie Contests
Experience Waterton Lakes National Park See Campground Directory on pg 67 See Legend on page 67
1 Visitor Information:
Waterton Lakes National Park | Alberta, Canada
Canada’s National Parks Service: pc.gc.ca/waterton Manned information centre Mid-May to October. Year-round mywaterton.ca
2 Watertown Town Site:
Visitor services and attractions. Seasonal museum and bookstore operated by the Waterton Natural History Association.
3 Red Rock Canyon:
30 minute drive along Red Rock Parkway. Layers of red and green coloured minerals offer a brilliant contrast to lush surroundings. Self-guided walks and exhibits detail human history & geology. (open seasonally)
4 The First Oil Well in Western
Canada - National Historic Site
The site of Western Canada’s first producing oil well (1901-1906). On-site exhibit and picnic area.
Waterton’s Only Lakefront Hotel
Waterton’s All-Suite Hotel
5 Cameron Lake:
30 minute drive. Rent a paddle boat or canoe at this glacier-formed sub-alpine lake. Winter cross-country ski area
Lakefront Rooms • Serenity Spa • Glacier Bistro Thirsty Bear Saloon • Fireside Lounge Lakeside Chophouse Honeymoon Suites with Jacuzzi Tubs
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Experience Waterton Lakes National Park Summer Events Waterton Wildflower Festival June 15 - 20, 2017 Join in a variety of activities celebrating Waterton’s wildflowers. Visit watertonwildflowers.com
Blackfoot Arts & Heritage Festival August 2017 TBA
Participate in traditional and contemporary aboriginal dancing, music, art, and cuisine.
Waterton Wildlife Festival September 22 - 24, 2017
Waterton’s wildlife is at its best in the fall. This weekend features a variety of wildlife events. Visit watertonwildlife.com for more information.
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14 Waterton Glacier Suites 15 Cameron Falls
13 Waterton Lakes Resort
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Scenic Cruise Boat Shuttle
7 Bayshore Inn
Cameron Lake Boat Rentals
6 Pat’s Garage & Resort Services
5 Tamarack Outdoor Outfitters
4 Bear Mountain Motel
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See Legend on page 67
Experience Waterton Lakes National Park Waterton defies description. It is so uniquely beautiful that you can’t quite find the words to express what you are taking in. The appeal is somewhat intangible. It’s a feeling in the air, a vibe, an energy. You feel good just being here. Name it. It’s here, and in the way you love it best – unspoiled, uncrowded, and unbelievably beautiful.
Step back in time, as you take a historic cruise from Waterton Lakes
National Park, Canada to Goat Haunt, USA. Photo By: Rosemarie Wrobel
Red Rock Canyon, 700 m Trailhead - At the end of the Red Rock
Parkway, 14.3 km from Hwy 5 Red Rock Canyon is the best place to appreciate the colourful rock for which Waterton is renowned. This paved trail provides many views into the canyon, which the creek has carved into brick-red mudstone. The
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Waterton Lakes Lodge Resort www.watertonlakeslodge.com 1-888-985-6343
Vimy’s Lounge & Grill www.vimys.com (403) 859-2150
Crandell Mountain Lodge www.crandellmountainlodge.com 1-866-859-2288
Pearls Cafe www.pearlscafe.ca (403) 859-2660
Aspen Village www.aspenvillageinn.com 1-888-859-8669
Pizza of Waterton www.pizzaofwaterton.com (403) 859-2660
LOUNGE & GRILL
The Buffalo Trail, an ancient travel route, passed the mouth of Red Rock Canyon. Seasonal camps that date to 8000 years ago were found nearby. Bighorn sheep frequent the parking area. Please do not feed them. You may want to visit nearby Blakiston Falls (1 km each way), an 11 m high PIZZA OF WATERTON
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cascade on Blakiston Creek.
Canada 150th Heritage Tour
Food at the Banff Ave Brewing Company Courtesy Travel Alberta / Jamie Walter @jwalter1337
Whitewater Rafting in Golden, BC Courtesy of Tourism Golden
Alberta and British Columbia are home to thousands of amazing places just waiting to be explored. The natural waters found in hot springs throughout the provinces have been used for therapeutic purposes for thousands of years. Today, soaking in the hot springs remains a popular experience for generations of travellers. Take a road trip through the Canadian Rockies to relax, soothe your muscles, and soak in the history of Canada’s legendary national parks. Day 1: Cave and Basin, Banff National Park • Beginning from Calgary, head northwest to the Cave and Basin National Historic Site and learn how two European railroad workers’ discovery led to the creation of Canada’s first national park. • Venture up Sulphur Mountain to experience the mineral waters for yourself at the Banff Upper Hot Springs. • Enjoy an evening stroll along Banff Avenue. Numerous restaurants and local breweries give you plenty of options for dinner or a drink.
Day 3: Golden • Head north on Hwy 95 and watch for eagles and osprey as you admire views of the Columbia Valley Wetlands. Stop for a snack or pick up some locally-baked goodies at one of the shops in Spillimacheen. • Enjoy a relaxing afternoon exploring Golden and its quaint and unique downtown riverside area. Test your skills on the local mountain biking trails, go para-sailing, or sign up for a thrilling, professionally-guided white-water rafting trip down the legendary Kicking Horse River.
Day 2: Radium Hot Springs • Pack a picnic and download the Explora Kootenay App before you leave Banff. Admire the incredible scenery and enjoy your personal guided trip through Kootenay National Park, narrated by Parks Canada staff. • Hop out and stretch your legs – there are several roadside attractions detailed on our Kootenay Park map on pg 47 • Treat yourself to dinner at one of the excellent restaurants in the village of Radium Hot Springs then end your day with a soak in the historic pools. The facility also features a cool pool with a diving board, ideal for the kids!
Day 4: Jasper • Pack a hearty lunch and some water for this breathtaking leg of the trip! • From Golden follow the Trans-Canada Highway 57 km east to Field. Consider a side trip to stunning Emerald Lake or Takakkaw Falls, one the most impressive waterfalls in Canada. • Continuing east on the Trans-Canada Highway, take the Icefields Parkway north to Jasper. The parkway, one of the most scenic highways in the world, features amazing sights and non-stop opportunities for adventure.
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Canada 150th Heritage Tour
Starry night sky over Lake Annette in the Jasper National Park Dark Sky Preserve Courtesy Travel Alberta / Jack Fusco
• Along the 230 km Icefields Parkway there are plenty of dayuse areas and pull-outs to explore. Local favourites include swimming in Herbert Lake, visiting the hidden Panther Falls from the Bridal Veil Falls pull-out, and taking in the view after a relatively easy hike up Parker Ridge. (See our detailed map on pg 34) • Jasper has an abundance of first-class shopping and dining experiences. Explore the town and watch out for bull elk around the townsite. Also, be sure to take in the sparkling night skies that Jasper is famous for! To learn more, stop at the Info Centre and ask for a free copy of our sister map guide, Experience Jasper Visitor Map. Day 5: Miette Hot Springs • Head east on The Yellowhead, Hwy 16, to Miette Hot Springs. Keep your eyes peeled as bears and bighorn sheep are often seen along Hwy 16 and Miette Road. • Get your heart pumping with a challenging hike on the Sulphur Skyline trail or take a gentle stroll to the ruins of Miette’s first aquacourt at the hot springs’ source. • After an amazing day, relax your muscles in Miette Hot Springs, the warmest of the Canadian Rockies’ hot springs. Day 6: Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site • Continue northeast for 81 km on Hwy 16 to Hinton. This full-service town has a population of 10,000. Consider an exciting heli-tour with Peregrine Helicopters or a side trip to explore the wilderness. You can also explore a number of
Costumed Interpreter at the Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site Courtesy Government of Alberta / J.F. Bergeron
old coal mines in the area. Be sure to stop at Travel Alberta Info Centre for a copy of Experience Our Coal History, a free self-guided coal mine tour map. • Located 2 hrs east of Hinton, at the crossroads of Hwy 22 (The Cowboy Trail), the Pembina River is the perfect place to cool your heels on a hot summer day. • Turn right (south) onto the Cowboy Trail. It’s just 90 min to Rocky Mountain House, however, you’ll want to make a stop, or two, along the way. For example, you don’t want to miss Em-Te Town, a one-of-a-kind western frontier town with a saloon, jailhouse. For more information about this, and all of the attractions on Hwy 22, be sure to pick up a free copy of our Experience the Cowboy Trail magazine. • Step back in time and learn about the role the fur trade played in the development of Western Canada at the Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site. After visiting the archaeological remains of 4 trading posts, camp in comfort in a tipi or a trapper tent while learning about Indigenous culture and fur-trading traditions. Day 7: Calgary • Enjoy a scenic three-hour drive back to Calgary along the Cowboy Trail. The highway, which curls through quaint country towns and meanders through Alberta’s idyllic ranchland, includes photo-ops around every bend. No doubt this won’t be the last time you visit these beautiful regions…and some of Canada’s storied National Parks and National Historic Sites!
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Sunshine Meadows: Connecting with the Continental Divide
Hike to the magnificent Rock Isle Lake from Mt.Standish in less than 30 minutes, Photo Courtesy of White Mountain Adventures
From the placid waters of Laryx Lake, a loon releases a series of haunting calls that reach across the morning coolness of Sunshine Meadows. Even in the summer months, the morning is brisk at 2300m in the Rocky Mountains. Pastel-coloured wildflowers shake off the dew of evening’s chill and a plump ground squirrel meekly squeaks as it begins its busy routine of tunnelling, snacking, and snoozing. These tiny creatures greet the day in the presence of limestone giants; the Monarch, Spar Mountain, and Mt. Assiniboine stand sentry over the meadows as they have for millennia. To connect with this protected environment is breathtaking, but the exertion needed for such a view won’t take your breath away. Sunshine Meadows is one of the few subalpine hiking destinations in the Rockies accessible for the entire family. And this year it is easier than ever. From June 30th to Sept. 24th you can purchase a pass to ride the Sunshine Village gondola (Friday-Monday) or take the Scenic Alpine Shuttle (Tuesday-Thursday) from 8am-6pm. Once you have reached the village (full amenities are available), you can begin your hike or take advantage of the latest option of riding the chairlift to the top of Mt. Standish.
Take time to enjoy a quite moment at the Monarch Lookout, Photo Courtesy of Dan Evans
However you choose to enjoy the meadows, expect the trip to be stunning. Over 10 km of interconnected trails traverse the meadows and hug three emerald-blue lakes: Rock Isle, Laryx, and Grizzly. Situated atop the Continental Divide — the rocky spine that splits the Pacific from the Atlantic watershed— these lakes glimmer with the ancient minerals of the last ice age. For a short outing, ride the Standish chairlift, hike down the trail to Rock Isle Lake, and take that trail north back to the village. Alternatively, a longer and often-quieter hike will lead you to the Monarch viewpoint. Seated at the foot of Twin Cairns peak, this open expanse gives you the chance to glimpse a deer or even a grizzly foraging for flora, and to revel in the grandeur of the Monarch’s cliffs rising above the Simpson Valley. Trails are well maintained. Staying on trail ensures your safety, as well as the health of the sensitive ecosystem. Trail hosts offer regular interpretive tours from the top of Standish chair (we recommend making a reservation). Additionally, 4-5 hour guided hikes through the meadows can be arranged with two local adventure companies, White Mountain Adventures and Discover Banff Tours. By Bree Kullman
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Experience Banff National Park Banff National Park (BNP) runs northwesterly from Canmore to the Columbia Icefield. It is the birthplace of Canada’s national park system. Established in 1885, after three railway workers discovered a cave containing hot springs, BNP has become a world class destination, hosting an estimated 4 million visitors each year. Our map on pg 20 details eight of the many popular attractions in the park and also provides you with the locations of the campgrounds. The international airports in Calgary and Edmonton serve travellers flying into the region. Buses run to BNP year round, from each of these large urban centres. Both Via Rail and Rocky Mountaineer Vacations operate rail passenger sightseeing trips in western Canada, with stops in Banff and Jasper from May to October. Within BNP are two important communities: the Town of Banff and the Village of Lake Louise. Both are located along the Trans-Canada Highway. They’re small, so it’s easy to get around either community without your vehicle. That’s great because parking is at a premium and some lots cannot accommodate large vehicles such as RVs. Street parking and municipal lots are free, but have time restrictions. “Roam” is the name of the local public transit system. It provides safe, affordable and environmentally friendly bus service throughout the Banff town site. You will find our map of the Town of Banff on pg 22, along with 15 map keys starting on pg 21, to ensure you have a magical time. With a record number of visitors expected in the national parks this summer, the owners of HopOnBanff claim their service is simply going to change the way visitors see the Park. Buy a Day Pass, hop on and hop off as you like, and avoid the hassle of finding a parking spot. HopOnBanff is safe, affordable, and eco-friendly. Similarly, Sunshine Meadows offers a Banff to Sunshine Shuttle Service that will pick you up from nine convenient locations in Banff. Their summer service runs daily from 7:00 – 17:45 and return rates are only $12 per person. The Legacy Trail runs 26 km along the highway right-of-way from Banff to Canmore. Part of the Trans-Canada Trail, it is a paved, recreational trail suitable for walking, bicycling, and in-line skating. Located 45 min west of Banff is the Village of Lake Louise. The mountains that surround are internationally renowned for their beauty. Lake Louise is called the Hiking Capital of Canada. In the summer, go for a simple stroll around the lake, a physically demanding climb, or be whisked away in a gondola to the top of the world. You’ll find our map of Lake Louise on pg 25 along with important map keys and a valuable coupon for the gondola! 19 | ExperienceTravelGuides.com/Contests
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Calgary (128 km from Banff)
Distance (km) from Banff/Lake Louise 3/49 Backswamp 6/46 Mule Shoe 8/44 Prescribed Burn 11/41 Sawback 13/39 Hillsdale 16/36 Pilot Pond 21/31 Moose Meadow 26/26 Castle Cliffs 28/24 Storm Mountain 40/12 Baker Creek 48/4 Morantâ€™s Curve
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25 km (30 min) from Banff Exciting cat-walks cling to the canyon walls. Interpretive Display, 1.1 km (20 min) to the Lower Falls, 2.7 km to the Upper Falls. Stay on the trail and away from the edge.
224 Banff Avenue and 327 Railway Avenue 403-762-1550
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311 Cave Avenue. The birthplace of Canada’s national park system.
3 Village of Lake Louise - Most Services Parks Canada Visitor Centre by Samson Mall. Ride the Gondola mid-May to mid-Oct. “The Hiking Capital of Canada” reflects the best high elevation hiking in the Rockies - including the Plain of Six Glaciers, and the famous Iceline Trail in Yoho National Park. See pg 25 for Shuttle Service Along the Icefields Parkway Hwy 93
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Named for the series of glaciers lining this route, the parkway is one of the world’s great mountain highroads. This drive along the “backbone of the continent” from Lake Louise to the town of Jasper takes half a day, with time to stop and admire the views. Stock up on camera supplies.
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Magnificent views from either side of the Bow River.
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34 km (25 min) from Lake Louise A century ago, there were three “toes” of ice here. How many can you see today?
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40 km (30 min) from Lake Louise - Interpretive Display 2088 m (6849’) above sea level. A short walk from the parking area leads to a view of brilliant turquoise Peyto Lake and, in July and August, an astonishing array of alpine flowers.
1-800-760-6934 Mountain Avenue. Open year-round. Take the Gondola to the summit for breathtaking views. Interpretive boardwalk to historic exhibit.
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403-762-2388 1 Birch Avenue. Aboriginal history, displays, live performances and demonstrations. Operated by several First Nations including the Cree, the Blackfoot Confederacy, Tsuu T’ina and the Stoney. buffalonationsmuseum.ca.
Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies
77 km (55 min) from Lake Louise - Interpretive Display Three rivers converge here: the Mistaya (Great Bear) River from the south, the Howse River from the west (the route used in 1807 by David Thompson to cross the Great Divide), the North Saskatchewan from the north - arising in the Columbia Icefield and emptying into Lake Winnipeg. Services available April - October.
403-762-2291 111 Bear Street. Brings mountain history, art and culture alive. Special learning programs for young children. whyte.org.
The turnoff is 1 km west of Banff, on the south side of the Trans-Canada Highway. Enjoy views of Mount Rundle from the pull-outs along this road.
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130 km (1.5 hrs) from Lake Louise 90 min Motorized Tours take you onto the glacier. Glacier Exhibits illustrate the effects of global warming. Restaurant, picnics, rooms, guided ice walks and more. Most Services available May 1 - Oct 15.
The Cascades of Time Garden
Flower gardens with walking path behind the Banff Park Administration Building. Great for families: FREE ADMISSION. Open Daily. Limited availability. Construction and closure until mid-summer 2017.
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10 min - A favourite with locals and visitors alike. Grassy meadows, clear shallow pools, and a small beach. Picnic areas with fire pits. Accessible on foot and bicycle via Banff Legacy Trail.
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An easy trail circles this shallow lake. A small beach and good wildlife watching. Picnic tables.
A short interpretive trail leads to this superb view point, or book a rafting trip to view the Hoodoos from the Bow River.
(Lake of the Water Spirits) Boat tours available, May 14 - Oct. 10. 800-760-6934 Leisurely lakeside stroll to Stewart Canyon (30 min).
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Banff Upper Hot Springs: Then and Now
Swimmers at Banff Upper Hot Springs in 1911, Photo Courtesy of Glenbow Archives (NA-1234-5)
In 1883, Frank McCabe and William McCardell, railroad workers for the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR), stumbled upon what is now known as the Cave and Basin National Historic Site at the base of Sulphur Mountain. The following year, while searching for Cave and Basin’s source, they cut a trail up the slope of Sulphur Mountain and found what is now known as Banff Upper Hot Springs.
from around the world come to enjoy the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Rocky Mountain National Park, now known as Banff National Park, has plenty to celebrate.
Over the next two years, as more European’s arrived in the area, shacks were erected at the Upper Hot Springs and many land claims and disputes were launched.
The Grand View Villa and Bath House was built under the direction of Dr. R. G. Brett and funded by the CPR in 1886. The Villa burnt down twice before being replaced by the current Upper Hot Springs Bath House. The new building was constructed as a depression relief project. It was opened on June 27th, 1932 and renovated in 1995. The incredible views of the Spray River Valley and warm soothing waters attract thousands of visitors from around the world, each year.
On November 28th, 1885 the Government of Canada realized the hot springs were too precious to be privatized and set aside approximately a ten square mile area on the northern slopes of Sulphur Mountain as Canada’s first national park. As people
Originally used by First Peoples travelling through the Rocky Mountains for 13,000 years, the Banff Upper Hot Springs are now enjoyed by locals and travellers alike.
So come, relax, and soak in some history at the Canadian Rockies’ highest elevation hot spring.
A crowd of people at Banff Upper Hot Springs in Banff National Park. Photo Courtesy of Travel Alberta / Lee Simmons
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Experience the Bow Valley Parkway Protecting wildlife is the foundation of a sustainable future for the parks and a great visitor experience. To ensure this special area remains a high quality home for wildlife, from March 1st to June 25th, travel by vehicle, bicycle, or foot is not permitted between 8pm - 8am on the 17 km section between Johnston Canyon Campground and the Trans-Canada Highway. This travel restriction will allow wildlife to move unimpeded across the landscape, use high-quality habitat, and engage in normal behaviour. It is part of a larger action plan to ensure the ecologically rich Bow Valley Parkway area continues as a worldclass setting for visitors to learn about and experience the park, and as a safe environment for wildlife. All businesses remain open during this period of mandatory travel restriction and are easily accessible via the Castle Junction exit.
Johnston Canyon - Courtesy of: Leighton Lum
The Bow Valley Parkway is a very scenic, 48 km road that runs parallel to the Trans-Canada Highway between Banff and Lake Louise. Its eastern portion travels through a vital part of the park, called the montane, that provides critical habitat for large carnivores, including wolves, cougars and bears. 1
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Lake Louise Visitor Centre at Samson Mall Banff/Lake Louise Tourism 403-762-8421. Parks Canada Visitor Centre 403-522-3833. Exhibits explain the geology and history of the Canadian Rockies. Open 7 days a week. For hours visit: pc.gc.ca/banff. Lake Louise - 5 min from the Village Stoney Indians called it the "Lake of Little Fishes" The easy stroll around the lakeshore is stunning. Access point for more difficult hikes.
Moraine Lake - 20 min from the Village Nestled in the Valley of the Ten Peaks. Hiking restrictions when grizzly bears in the area: tight groups of 4+ hikers. Open late May to early Oct.
Lake Louise Sightseeing Gondola 4.5 km from the village; 403-522-3555 Summer Gondola runs mid-May to mid-Oct. but come back to ski early Nov. to mid-May.
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Expect crowds! Public parking fills quickly. Plan on visiting during the week before 10 am and after 3 pm or to take the shuttle from the Lake Louise Campground Overflow
A Classic Cowboy Country Road Trip
Dawn and Aemon Penner paddling on Pyramid Lake in Jasper Glacier Skywalk
Sipping coffee, Ian Tyson crooning on the radio, we round a gentle bend in the road and our jaws drop. Yet another pastoral scene of rolling foothills, horses grazing in the foreground, and soaring, saw-tooth mountains in the distance. A tiny homestead clutches the top of a grassy hill and a tidy red barn anchors the scene. I pull over, put the flashers on, and grab my camera. Presto! Another idyllic Alberta scene is recorded. Our aim was true. This beautiful section of Hwy 22, also known as “The Cowboy Trail,” near Rocky Mountain House was a show-stopper. But, then again, our entire western Alberta road trip – a classic circle tour that incorporated super-scenic sections of the Icefields Parkway, the Yellowhead Highway, the David Thompson Highway, and, yes, The Cowboy Trail – was unforgettable on many levels. Besides visiting a number of awesome attractions - such as the classic fur-trading outpost at the Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site and a charming heritage ghost town called Em-Te Town - the breathtaking scenery along these roadways is what really stole the show for us. But this wasn’t really a surprise. After all, these are regarded as four of the most spectacular highways in North America! And incorporating all of them into one epic, multi-day trip made this a road trip for the ages. (See part of our route on pg 28) Given the fact I’ve got a passion for landscape photography, there were numerous times when we (my wife and three boys
The famous scene at Spirit Island near Jasper
rounded out my posse) had to pull over to record the beauty. In fact, during the 750 km journey, dozens of stops were made and nearly one thousand photos were taken. True, I’ve taken many photography-focused road trips before but, in terms of quantity, this one set a new record! From snow-dipped mountain biting into baby-blue skies to golden, grass-capped Alberta foothills peppered with pine, the variety and the quality of the scenes were spectacular from start to finish. The Columbia Icefields? Check! Glacier Skywalk? Check! Spirit Island? Check! And those were just a few of the highlights on the Icefields Parkway alone. Indeed, from a “postcard” perspective, there might not be a better circle route to travel in North America. But this drive is definitely much more than just the ultimate photo safari. Numerous attractions and activities are found along the way. Hiking, camping, rafting, museums, dude ranches, festivals, rodeos, pow-wows, historic sites, saloons, farmers markets, artisan galleries, and so much more, make this trip a rich, variety-filled experience... especially if you allow enough time to explore at least some of the possibilities. How much time do you need? Well, it really depends on what you want to see and do. For some people, the ideal itinerary would be a jam-packed, two-day affair. (If so, an overnight in Jasper, exploring the townsite and perhaps soaking in the nearby Miette Hot Springs, would be a nice option!) For other
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roadtrippers, crafting a four or five day getaway and travelling at a medium pace would be the ideal scenario. At that pace, you may want to incorporat a half-day hike or two, and perhaps some exploration at sites such as the Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site, where Canada’s amazing fur-trading past is celebrated, would be easy to do. Incidentally, the RMH National Historic Site is home to a Visitor Centre, museum, ancient fort ruins, tipi camping, and much more. And, without a doubt, it should be high on your list. Even if you take a week, or two, to complete your journey, many of the “secrets” lurking around the many twists and turns in the road will remain undiscovered. Like any adventure you embark on, do your homework! There are, literally, hundreds
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of sights and stops along the way. The options are endless! While the internet offers a vast amount of information, websites such as experiencethecowboytrails.com, parkscanada.ca, travelalberta.com, and icefieldsparkway.com, would be four good places to start your planning. For my little caravan, our planning included the key stops with a special emphasis on the amazing David Thompson Highway. This under-the-radar corridor swoops alongside rushing rivers, pristine mountain lakes, and serves up scintillating views around every bend. A few of the highlights of this leg of the journey include photogenic Abraham Lake, the beautiful Kootenay Plains, the historic town of Nordegg, and Siffluer Falls, which is a great family-friendly half-day hike. Unquestionably, the David Thompson Highway was a highlight. The photos came fast and furious! But our “custom” three-night roadtrip – we camped in Rocky Mountain House, Jasper, and Saskatchewan Crossing – will be remembered for the many discoveries we made along the way. Places such as Em-Te Town (a unique, western-themed heritage town with many buildings and sites to explore), the Beaver Boardwalk and the awesome biking trails in Hinton, canoeing on Jasper’s Pyramid Lake, and eating bannock and maple taffy in a tipi at the Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site are a few that come to mind. The only downside to the trip? Editing 1000 photos. Photos and Story by: Andrew Penner
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Experience the David Thompson Corridor Avoid the crowds while drinking in the incredible scenery. Take the road less travelled. David Thompson Country is a vast tract of land between Rocky Mountain House and Saskatchewan Crossing, where the David Thompson Highway (Hwy 11) intersects with the Icefields Parkway (Hwy 93). This area is often overlooked by travellers, however it is dotted with lakes, campground, lodges, resorts, and even a heli tour operator. Rocky Mountain House Fur traders put Rocky Mountain House on the map 200 years ago when the North West Company and the Hudsonâ€™s Bay Company established trading post forts on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River. One famous resident was David Thompson, the greatest chronicler of his day of landscapes, people and nature. His famous map of the Province of Canada covered 1/6 of the continent, with unprecedented accuracy. The Rocky Mountain House trading post fort was eventually deserted in 1875, however it lives on as a National Historic Site that commemorates the rich era of the fur traders and
Nordegg Located 90 km west of Rocky Mountain House, Nordegg has slipped off the radar for 50 years. Travellers are starting to rediscover this rugged countryside. You can enjoy a wide range of summer activities, from bird watching and wildlife viewing to mountain biking and fly fishing. Lounge around the campfire in one of over 300 campsites. Swing a club at the 9-hole golf course, or live out your cowboy dreams on a horseback. In 1907, a colourful entrepreneur, Martin Nordegg headed west with his sights set on the coal seams on the eastern slopes. By 1911, he had built the Brazeau Collieries. His efforts were key to development a major industry as immigrant miners arrived from Europe. Visit the Brazeau Collieries National Historic Site and the Nordegg Heritage Centre for more.
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explorers of Western Canada. Stroll along the interpretive trails. The kids will love the pint-sized play fort and puppet theatre along with a chance to see the bison.
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Experience David Thompson Country Throughout the corridor, Westward Bound offers travellers more than 320 campsites. Most are pretty basic (toilets and water) and those are priced between $20 - $32 per night. Without a doubt, the #1 natural year-round attraction along this corridor is Abraham Lake, a large, aquamarine reservoir created by the Bighorn Dam. Photographers flock here in the winter to take pictures of the gas bubbles frozen in the ice. And in the summer, hike up at least one of the adjacent hillsides for an incredible view of the lake and neighbouring peaks. Windy Point Ridge is a 3.6 km hike (round trip) to an elevation of 2,060m at “The Lookout” which is marked by a cairn and offers superb views of the surrounding terrain. Hoodoo Creek is a short and spectacular hike to dramatic hoodoos. Perfect for the fossil hound this creek is actually a dry creekbed, located across the highway at Abraham Lake. The trail access is 3km south of Windy Point. You should plan to make a hike to Allstones Lake a full day hiking adventure. It’s a round trip of 13km to an elevation of 1,890m, but there are several worthwhile options which can
substantially extend your day, such as take time out to view into the rocky abyss of Allstones Creek. It is a long strenuous hike, but the reward is a beautiful view of Abraham Lake far below. Take hiking poles if you have them. A less rigorous hike is the popular 4km trail to Siffleur Falls. It is located just west of Abraham Lake in the Kootenay Ecological Reserve and begins with a traverse across a suspension bridge over the North Saskatchewan River. On a hot day, the spray of water plunging spectacularly over a deep, narrow gorge is very refreshing. The Kootenay Plains were visited by David Thompson in the early 1800’s and has long been important to Aboriginal people as evidenced by several sundance lodges. The plains protect one of the best examples of montane habitat in all of Alberta. The unique grassland and forest mosaic provides important habitat for wildlife and is home to many species of rare plants. This year, when celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday, take the road less travelled to David Thompson Country for camping, hiking, and to learn more about the rich history of this area and of our country. (#ExperienceOurCanada)
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Experience Jasper National Park Special Feature Miette Hot Springs 61 km (1 hr) North of Jasper on Hwy 16 & Miette Rd. The hottest mineral springs in the Canadian Rockies. Two refreshing cool pools. Towels, bathing suits & locker rentals. Open May to Oct. 1-800-767-1611
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Parks Canada continues to ensure that routes to Canadaâ€™s special places like Jasper National Park are protected and secured for future generations to cherish and enjoy. Bridge restoration and road paving is underway on sections of Highway 16, an essential national transportation corridor that passes through the largest of Canadaâ€™s mountain parks. Paving also continues on the Icefields Parkway, the iconic drive that links Jasper and Banff National Parks. Other projects for 2017 include, a bypass lane at the East Gate and improvements at various day use areas. Due to construction at Mount Edith Cavell in 2017, parking will be limited. All visitors must obtain a free parking permit before arrival at the day use area. Permits are available outside the Visitor Information Centre between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. daily, and are available 2 days prior to your trip day. For the most up-to-date information on roads in Alberta, including Jasper National Park, dial 511 or visit 511.alberta.ca. For BC road information call Drive BC at 1-800-550-4997 or visit drivebc.ca. 30 | Enter Our Photo & Selfie Contests
Experience Jasper National Park Jasper National Park Map Keys 1 The Town of Jasper - All Services
Jasper Park Information Centre 500 Connaught Dr.
2 Mount Edith Cavell
29 km (30 min) south of Jasper via 93A. A switchback road climbs 14.5 km (9 mi) to a popular viewpoint. Trailers or RVs larger than 7 metres are not permitted. Open mid June - Sept., A permit is required for 2017 to access the Cavell Road. Visit pc.gc.ca/jasper for more information.
3 Athabasca Falls
30 km (30 min) south of Jasper via 93A or 93. A bridge and platforms give views of the thundering falls. Stay on the trail and inside the protective fences.
4 Sunwapta Falls
55 km (40 min) south of Jasper via 93. A paved road and short trail lead to the falls. Sunwapta is an indigenous term meaning “turbulent river.” Stop at the resort for a great meal and excellent gift ideas.
Jasper National Park is the largest of Canada’s Rocky Mountain Parks, and part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the rugged mountains, glaciers, alpine meadows, forests, broad valleys, and wild rivers contained within more than 11,200 km2 of protected area. Wildlife is abundant here. It is common to see elk, bighorn sheep, deer, coyote and even black bear in the park. Jasper may have the greatest variety of accommodations in the mountain parks. Within the park, you could pitch your tent, park your RV, stay in a wilderness hostel, or be pampered in a resort. In town, your options include hotels, motels, private home accommodations and B&B’s. All of these choices are excellent. Each will appeal to a wide range of travellers and several unique properties are available in each category. If you are looking for something a little different, consider a private cabin. Typically located on the edge of town, cabins offer a rustic charm ideal for those who really just want to get away from it all. Decompress in privacy without sacrificing comfort. Use this opportunity to read a book, go for a stroll, run a trail or just gaze at the amazing night sky.
5 Columbia Icefield and Athabasca Glacier
103 km (75 min) from Jasper on the Icefields Parkway, Hwy 93 Refer to p. 28 & 29 for more information. Guided glacier hikes (Icewalks) icewalks.com or phone 1-800-565-7547 (June - September) For Brewster’s Glacier Adventure, book your trip at the Icefields Centre or call 1-877-423-7433.
6 Jasper House National Historic Site
35km (30 min) North of Jasper on Hwy 16. A short walk on an easy trail leads to an interpretive viewpoint looking beyond the Athabasca River towards the Jasper House historic site.
7 Maligne Canyon
11.5 km (15 min) east of Jasper on the Maligne Valley Road. 3.7 km interpretive trail with foot bridges over canyon. Stay away from the edge. Very deep (50 m) narrow canyon. In winter take a guided tour inside the gorge. It is unsafe to descend into the canyon without a professional guide.
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8 Medicine Lake
27 km (30 min) from Jasper on the Maligne Valley Rd. The Maligne River flows in, but where does it flow out? Drained by one of the largest underground river systems in North America.
48 km (55 min) from Jasper on the Maligne Valley Rd. The beauty of this lake is legendary. A Boat Tour of this 22 km long lake is a “must see”. Chalet open mid-May to early October, 8:30 am - 7 pm. Boat tours start when spring ice conditions permit. Tour hours 10 am - 3 pm, extended to 5 pm in the summer. Call for a Reservation 1-888-285-0376. malignelake.com.
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Experience Jasper’s Night Sky
Courtesy of Peter McMahon If dark starry night skies give you goose bumps, you’ve come to the right place! The landscape within Jasper National Park is a vision during daylight, but it also has a night time magic very rare in the world these days. The park boasts one of the largest dark sky preserves in the world. You can see dreamy nightscapes of planets and constellations year-round, although the stars are brightest during the monthly phase of the new moon. In March 2011 the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) officially designated Jasper National Park as a Dark Sky Preserve (DSP). A DSP is an area in which no artificial lighting is visible and active measures are in place to promote the reduction of light pollution, the protection of nocturnal habitat, and the visibility of the night skies. While Jasper is nestled within soaring mountain ranges, it also has the largest clearings in the Rockies, ideal for dramatic open spaces for stargazing. This kind of wilderness astronomy in the Canadian Rockies is a pursuit gaining real traction with parents and grandparents who take advantage of the perfect conditions to share this amazing experience with their children. Families are replacing clumsy & expensive telescopes with iPads and GPS-based star-finders to browse their way around the vast sky. Astronomy programs are offered daily at the Planetarium and Jasper’s Dark Sky Festival is a “must see”. Since inception, this festival has grown into one of North America’s largest annual
celebrations of the night sky. Plan to return for the ultimate Jasper Dark Sky experience, from October 13-22, 2017 that includes: • Guided virtual tour in climate-controlled dome theatre • See the local aboriginal First Nations constellations • Tour of the most powerful telescopes in the Rockies • See recent 4K sky imagery with a new video telescope • Learn how to photograph auroras and the Milky Way • Guided tour deep space and Q&A with astronomy expert What to Bring? (in addition to warm clothes) You’ll be simply amazed as to what you will be able to see with the naked eye, but if you have a Smart Phone or an iPad, load up a GPS-based star finder program from your App Store, and get familiar with it, before you leave home. Your camera! Remember to take pictures of your experience and enter our reader contest! (see pg 64) Image-stabilized binoculars feature optics that adjust many times a second to counteract your unsteady hands, effectively transforming such devices into small telescopes without the need to pack a tripod. When David Thompson surveyed this area two hundred years ago, he relied heavily upon his sextant and the stars. Isn’t it amazing to realize that the stars above, look very much like the heavens that David Thompson studied two centuries ago! And perhaps even more satisfying is to know that the skies will look exactly the same for our great great grandchildren!
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The Icefields Parkway is dotted with historic markers but there are some locations tucked away, unsigned, where you may find your “mountain moment”. The most popular, and most photographed locations, are often the ones that are easily accessed such as; Bow Lake, Peyto Lake, Mistaya Canyon, Athabasca Glacier and Columbia Icefields Centre, and Athabasca Falls and Sunwapta Falls. Others that deserve a visit, and are well worth the hike to see, include: Herbert Lake, Panther Falls, Parker Ridge, Tangle Falls and the two-for-one stop at Water-
One of the best resources for an Icefields Parkway road trip is icefieldsparkway.com. This site offers points of interest, best photo opportunities, stops for short hikes and favourite picnic locations. It is also an excellent resource for experiencing the Icefields Parkway in the winter season. Since there is no cell service on the Parkway, the site offers a downloadable “Parkway Planner” which includes maps, highlights and a trivia section. For example, did you know that the Columbia Icefield is the largest mass of ice south of the Arctic Circle? That’s huge!
It is possible to travel this route in 3 hours from Lake Louise to Jasper but it would be a crime to do so. So much more than 232 km of road, this journey through history and captivating landscapes present some of the best hiking, biking and photo opportunities in the Rockies. There are several unforgettable stops along the way – some off the beaten path.
fowl Lakes Campground to take in Cephren Lake and Cirque Lake. These are just a few of the many stunning stops along the Icefields Parkway. Whether you just get out and look around, or you go for a half day hike, go early morning start as the lakes are still and wildlife viewing opportunities improve.
Turquoise lakes, forested valleys, ancient glaciers, tumbling waterfalls and mountain peaks as far as the eye can see come together harmoniously to create one of the world’s most scenic drives; the Icefields Parkway. This stretch of road takes you into the heart of Banff and Jasper National Parks where nature rules and one can’t help but feel overcome with wonder.
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STUTFIELD 3453 m
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MONKHEAD 3211 m
MALIGNE 3200 m
SAMSON 3076 m
BRAZEAU 3525 m
CHARLTON 3260 m
UNWIN 3300 m
Cr Stanley Falls
ALBERTA WOOLEY 3622 m 3405 m
MUSHROOM 3622 m
GEC 3130 m
ROCHE BONHOMME 2459 m
CURATOR 2624 m
Honeymoon Lake Osprey Lake Buck Lake
NELSON 3150 m
GONG 3121 m
CHRISTIE 3102 m
TEKARRA 2693 m
HARDISTY 2715 m
KERKESLIN 2955 m
CHABA 3020 m
BRUSSELS 3160 m
FRYATT 3360 m
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Buck and Osprey Lakes Sunwapta Falls Junction Services: (mid-May to mid-Oct) Road to Sunwapta Falls: 15 minute walk to lower falls Bubbling Springs Poboktan Creek Jonas Creek Rockslide CHABA Jonas Creek ICEFIELD Mushroom and Diadem Peaks Beauty Creek Beauty Creek Beauty Creek Tangle Falls. Watch for sheep! Sunwapta Canyon, Mount Kitchener Icefield Centre (May 1 to Oct 15) Services: Parks Canada Information and Exhibits, Brewster Ice Explorer tours and guided icewalks Columbia Icefield Wilcox Creek
Jasper Townsite Whistlers (May to October) Jasper International Jasper Tramway (April to November) THE RAMPARTS Wapiti (Summer and Winter) Junction with Highway 93A. Access to: Marmot Basin Ski Area, Mount Edith Cavell Road (mid June to mid October: viewpoints, hiking, Tonquin Valley) and Wabasso. Rejoins parkway at Athabasca Falls. Valley of Five Lakes Wabasso Lake Whirlpool Valley, Mount Hardisty, Mount Kerkeslin and Mount Edith Cavell Horseshoe Lake Athabasca Falls Junction with Hwy 93A Athabasca Falls Mount Kerkeslin Goats and Glaciers Mount Fryatt HOOKER ICEFIELD Mount Christie Mount Christie Honeymoon Lake
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Stretching 230 km between Lake Louise and Jasper, this world-class journey amidst the peaks of the Canadian Rockies offers easy access to a vast wilderness of ancient glaciers. It’s complete with guided adventures onto the ice fields, majestic viewpoints and interpretive displays designed to enrich your understanding of glaciers and climate change.
It has been referred to as “The Back Bone of the Canadian Rockies”. National Geographic calls it “One of the World’s Ten Greatest Drives”. For many, it is the road trip of a lifetime.
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Experience the Icefields Parkway While plotting the border between Alberta and BC in the early 1900s, this roadway was the brainchild of Arthur O. Wheeler, who described this route as a “wonder trail”. Work began in 1931 as part of a depression-era public works program to put men to work, but the rugged terrain and short season meant the project took 9 years to complete.
Isolated for centuries, 1940 ushered in an era of tourism to the region when this road opened to the public. Today, more than a million travellers experience the parkway annually.
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MURCHISON 3333 m
PATTERSON 3197 m
ARIES 2996 m
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HOWSE 3290 m
CHEPHREN 3266 m
EPAULETTE 3095 m
SARBACH 3127 m
KAUFMANN 3109 m
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OBSERVATION CALDRON Peyto Mistaya Canyon, Sarbach Lookout, Howse Pass 3174 m 2917 m Lake Waterfowl Lake PEYTO BOW PASS 2970 m 2067 m Chephren Lake, Cirque Lake THOMPSON 3065 m Waterfowl Lakes, Mts. Chephren and Howse WAPTA CIRQUE 2993 m Bow ICEFIELD Lake Lake Snowbird Glacier Katherine Watch for CROWFOOT Turnoff to Bow Summit area 3050 m DOLOMITE highway 2782 m Peyto Lake workers BOW qui 2868 m Mos to C as repaving continues Bow Glacier re e k BALFOUR 3272 m throughout 2016 Bow Glacier Falls WAPUTIK Hector Turnoff for services: Lake ICEFIELD Bow Lake DALEY 93 MOLAR Crowfoot Glacier 3002 m Helen and Katherine Lakes, Dolomite Pass HECTOR 3394 m 1 Mosquito Creek TO FIELD, GOLDEN Molar Pass Herbert CYCLONE Lake Hector Lake 3042 m Hector Lake PTARMIGAN 3059 m LAKE VICTORIA Herbert Lake 3459 m Lake LOUISE Louise Junction: Trans-Canada Hwy and Icefields Parkway REDOUBT See Campground Lake Louise: 2 km 2902 m Directory on pg 66 TEMPLE DOUGLAS 1 Banff: 59 km 3235 m 3543 m
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Parker Ridge Nigel Pass Bridal Veil Falls North Saskatchewan River, Cirrus Mountain Saskatchewan Glacier Weeping Wall Alexandra Trail, Castleguard Meadows, Thompson Pass Coleman Creek Sunset Pass and Sunset Lookout Mounts Amery and Saskatchewan Rampart Creek Glacier Lake Saskatchewan River Crossing Services (mid-March to mid-November): Junction with David Thompson Hwy (#11)
Sunwapta Pass. Boundary between Banff and Jasper national parks ALBERTA
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Accommodations Guide You’re going to discover lots of excellent attractions and amazing experiences during your adventure throughout The Mountain Parks, that’s why so many visitors decide to linger a little longer.
This lodging section is a new feature in our Experience Travel Guides. We’ve launched it because we were told the Alberta Hotel & Lodging Association is going to stop producing their Official Accommodation Guide.
After all, now that you’re here, why not unplug and soak it all in? Make some more precious memories. Your kids (or grandkids) will be all grown up before you know it. Life is short and you may not get back this way again, even with the best of intentions.
We believe that travellers, such as yourself, still want this important information in a printed guide. If you agree, please drop us a note, or better yet, tell the staff at your hotel, campground and Visitor Info Centre.
The only challenge: you may have a difficult time extending your stay at the hotel, or in the campground in which you are booked, especially during the summer months of 2017!
About a third of our readers are camping or RV’ing. If that’s you, and you’re unable to extend your stay where you are, check out our new Campground Directory on pg 66. Here you will find options listed in a very helpful format. Alternatively, be sure to check out the David Thompson Corridor (see pg 28).
Given it is Canada’s 150th Birthday, we’re expecting a record number of visitors travelling to the mountain parks this year. Reports started circulating in April that all of the campsites in Banff were fully booked for the entire summer, and many hotels had only a few room nights open during July and August, as well.
If you are looking for a comfortable hotel for the night, please consider staying with one of the fine properties listed below. Without the support of our advertisers, it wouldn’t be possible to produce this travel companion for your use and to share with friends.
That’s why we have devoted so much of this magazine to the attractions and accommodations throughout the region. We want to give you and your family the best possible chance of having a terrific vacation.
Before you leave, remember to share your mountain park experiences on social media. We’ll be watching for you at #ExperienceOurParks. Enter our photo contests for a chance to win several amazing prize packages!
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1 Jasper Information Centre
National Historic Site, 500 Connaught Dr. Open from 9 am - 5 pm Spring, Fall, and Winter with extended summer hours. Friends of Jasper Gift Shop. Jasper Information Centre: 780-852-6176 Tourism Jasper Visitor Desk: 780-852-6236
2 Patricia & Pyramid Lakes
5/7 km (10/15 min) drive from Jasper. Patricia Lake has a 2-3 hour loop trail. Read plaques for WWII historical significance. Enjoy hiking, fishing, swimming, cross-country skiing, trail rides, and snow shoeing. Easy to access.
3 Old Fort Point Loop
1.5 km (5 min) drive via 93A and Old Fort Point Road - 3.8 km loop (1-2 hr) fairly steep hike to the top of this popular hill that overlooks the town & Athabasca River.
4 Lakes Annette, Edith & Beauvert
5 km (10 min) drive via Hwy 16 Sandy beaches, swim in spring-fed “kettle” lakes 2.4 km (45 min - 1.5 hr) Wheelchair and stroller accessible interpretive trail.
5 Jasper SkyTram
7 km (15 min) drive from town Phone 866-850-8726. jasperskytram.com. Open late Mar. to mid-Oct. (weather dependant). Guided tours and stunning views from atop Whistlers Mountain. Canada’s longest and highest aerial tramway (7,500 ft. above sea level).
6 The Discovery Trail
This trail can be accessed at several points throughout Jasper. (8.3 km loop) Portions are wheelchair accessible downtown.
Suggested Stargazing Sites
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7 Jasper-Yellowhead Museum & Archives
400 Bonhomme St.; 780-852-3013 jaspermuseum.org. Discover the spirit of Jasper. Admission Fee: Adults $6. Permanent exhibits of Jasper’s history. Monthly exhibits in Showcase Gallery. Summer (mid May - mid Oct) 10 am - 5 pm Winter (Thurs. - Sun, only) 10 am - 5 pm
8 Fitness & Aquatic Centre & Arena
NEW Fitness Facility! Arena, Indoor Climbing Wall, 50m Waterslide 25m Pool, Hot Tub & Steam Room, Showers Tennis & Raquetball Courts, Meeting & Event Facilities Fitness & Pool: 780-852-3663 Activity Centre: 780-852-3381
Hidden Gems - Maligne Ravine It’s been said in the Rockies that when water is flowing, a canyon is growing. If you hike Maligne Canyon from Sixth Bridge, the 3.7 km outing will convince you this is true. For those with less time, you may hike from Fifth Bridge (2.7 km), or complete the 800 m loop near the teahouse. This outing is great for cloudy and rainy days. From Sixth Bridge picnic area, cross the Maligne River and head upstream. Jesuit missionary, Pierre-Jean De Smet, referred to the river in 1846 using the French word “maligne,” which means “wicked.” After 800 m of pleasant riverbank you reach the mouth of the canyon. Note the change in the character of the forest. Dampness and chill prevail. Two rivers flow through the canyon. If you were to compare the volume of flow at Sixth Bridge with the volume at First Bridge in mid-summer, you would see that the lower canyon contains much more water (eight times as much) as the upper canyon. An underground river, which begins up the valley at Medicine Lake, empties 24,000 litres per second into the canyon. This underground river may be the largest in the world. After climbing above the river, the trail descends again to the damp forest at riverside. Beaten paths lead to the riverbank, but the wet, silt-covered rock is certain death if you misplace a step. Above the Fourth Bridge, the canyon narrows dramatically. Downstream the river is eroding relatively weak shales. Upstream the river has a tougher time with resistant limestone. This rock is fossil-rich. The Maligne River takes a mighty drop beneath Third Bridge, where the canyon’s depth is 10 m and you cross to the opposite bank. The air also changes. Below the bridge, within the canyon, it’s cool and damp. From here on you climb along the canyon rim, where the air is noticeably warmer. Maligne Canyon is deepest (55 m) at Second Bridge. Locals know the pocket of ice on the wall as “The Icebox.” At First Bridge, the canyon is 38 m deep and the entire river is forced through a 1 m slot. Although the canyon is shallow from here on, it features wonderful potholes. These are circular depressions drilled into the limestone by boulders caught in eddies, a process that requires thousands of years. From the teahouse, walk back down as you are certain to see things you missed before. And spending more time in the company of the lower Maligne River, a ribbon of blue-green beauty, is bound to yield many more exciting discoveries! Photos and Story by: Graeme Pole 38 | Enter Our Photo & Selfie Contests
The History of Miette Hot Springs In 1908, just a year after Jasper National Park was created, coal was discovered at Pocahontas, a mining town that once sat on Miette Road near Hwy 16. While resource extraction is no longer permitted in Canada’s national parks, in those days resource extraction provided a welcome source of royalties paid to the federal government. Taking its name from a famous Virginia Coal Field, the community of Pocahontas quickly swelled to a population of 2000 over the next decade. Isolated in Jasper National Park’s wilderness, Pocahontas’ connection to the outside world was the railway. During WWI, the rail line shut down and the eventual competition between the Grand Trunk Pacific and Canadian Northern Railways lead to bankruptcy that had a profound impact on Pocahontas. When the Grand Trunk Pacific and Canadian Northern merged into the government-owned Canadian National Railways, an inefficient spur line was all that was left connecting the community to the outside world. More misfortunes followed as the coal being mined was not suitable for heating homes or running railway locomotives. By 1921, the mine closed after only 11 years in operation. Industrial buildings were demolished and houses were moved east into other towns. Eventually, Pocahontas was all but forgotten. The legacy left behind? A log pool with mud and moss chinking built at Miette Hot Springs in 1919 by workers during a labour dispute.
Bathers in the Miette Hot Springs Pool, Jasper National Park, Ab, 1929 Photo Courtesy of Jasper-Yellowhead Museum & Archive - PA 39-57
Accessible via a rough-hewn trail cut through the forest in 1910, the original pool was used by only the hardiest and most determined of travellers. Arriving on foot or by horseback, visitation to the hot springs became increasingly popular throughout the 1920s. During the Depression, relief projects employed hundreds of men who built a new road, campground, and aquacourt. Wedged into the base of a narrow ravine near the source, the original aquacourt site was considered to be geologically unstable and replaced in 1986. As Canada celebrates the 150th Anniversary of Confederation, visiting Miette Hot Springs remains a popular pastime of visitors. The easy-toaccess Miette Hot Springs road is a popular place to view wildlife and easy stops such as the Punchbowl Falls and Ashlar Ridge viewpoint are great places to take in the view. The short walk from the day-use area next to Miette Hot Springs to the water’s source gives history buffs a chance to explore the ruins of the old aquacourt. An on-site café and nearby accommodations, including hotels as well as the Pocahontas Campground, means that soaking in Miette Hot Springs is no longer just for hardy and determined travellers!
Miette Hot Springs, 2014 Photo Courtesy of Parks Canada, Lee Simmons Photographer
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Experience the Flora in the Mountain Parks As you explore one of Canada’s most spectacular landscapes, you’ll often be staring toward immense ramparts. At other times, you’ll be squinting to spot some of an area’s amazing animals. Just remember to look down to appreciate some of the unique wild flowers that line the trails and roadsides. The Crocus To many locals, the crocus is the official harbinger of spring. Its delicate pinkishpurple flowers announce the start of the wild-flower season. Orchids As the spring gives way to summer, the calypso orchid or fairy slipper emerges from carpets of needles lying beneath towering forests of lodgepole pine. An Amazing Diversity As you learn to recognize wildflowers, take note of where you encounter them. Was the area in the open sun or more shaded? Were the plants protected from the elements or subjected to high winds? Was the soil moist or dry? Learning to recognize the landscape within which the flowers live will help you anticipate which flowers to expect as you head out on future wildflower walks.
the tiny bloom of the blue violet and the creamy flowers of the yellow locoweed. Try to find the star flowered Solomon’s seal, bunchberry, wild strawberry, bearberry, twinflower or a prickly rose. Flowers of the High Country This season is short so the flowers need to bloom as soon as conditions allow. Watch for red and purple flowers, like the common red paintbrush, alpine forgetme-not, and the tiny moss campion. Other high elevation flowers include the cow parsnip and the club like flower clusters of the bear grass. This summer, get to know a few of the wild flowers. They’ll be your constant roadside and trailside companions as you roll your way through the mountains and unlike bears, they don’t run away as soon as you try to get a good look at them. But remember: look, don’t pick!
Seedhead, Wilcox Pass - Courtesy Terry Webb
Flowers of the Montane The valley bottom plays host to most of the early season wildflowers. Watch for
Lily - Courtesy Natalya Shevchuk
Crocus - Courtesy Jerre Paquette
Blanket of Daisies - Courtesy Jeremy Klager
Red Paintbrush - Courtesy Lloyd Dykstra
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Meadow of Scarlet Paintbrush - Courtesy Terry Webb
Experience the Fauna in the Mountain Parks
Ibex - Courtesy Francis Sandoval
Dawn and dusk are your best bet for spotting animals in their natural setting. However, it’s important to keep in mind that these are WILD animals.
The Many Members of the Deer Family Here you’ll find white-tail and mule deer, elk or wapiti, moose, and even caribou in the northern reaches.
Bears Both black and grizzly bears can be seen along highways as they feed on spring dandelions or summer buffaloberries.
You’ll likely see more animals while you’re driving. Mule and white-tailed deer, along with large populations of elk or wapiti line many of the highways. They typically graze the grassy roadside shoulders and hillsides taking advantage of plentiful forage.
Black bears may be any colour, so colour itself is a poor indicator. Instead, look for a prominent shoulder hump and a slightly dished-in appearance to the face - a sure sign that you’re watching a grizzly. Bighorn Sheep or Mountain Goats? Bighorn sheep make appearances along the roadside, mountain goats do not. To help you identify them, remember that mountain goats are snow white. Male bighorn sheep get the large full-curl horns. Females have small, goat-like horns.
Keep Them Wild; Keep Yourself Safe We all want to keep the animals safe and your visit memorable. Here are some tips for safely observing wildlife in the mountains: Stay in your vehicle when you see an animal. They are very large and equally fast. Be sure to stop your vehicle only if it is safe to do so. Blind corners and steep hills can obscure other drivers’ view of your vehicle. Do not feed or enticing animals to move closer. Animals that approach humans for handouts are likely to lash out defensively if they feel threatened. Help us keep the wild in wildlife.
Elk - Courtesy James Anderson
Bear Cub - Courtesy James Anderson
Remember to keep your smart phone, camera and binoculars ready for action. Spotting wildlife often happen suddenly with little warning and end just as fast. By Ward Cameron
Wolfs - Courtesy Francis Sandoval
Bears - Courtesy Leonard Heinonen
Coyotes - Courtesy Nicholas Taffs
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Big Horn Sheep - Courtesy Richard Collens
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Experience Valemount - A Year-Round Playground First stop: the local Information Centre. It contains a variety of displays about the Premier Mountain Range, the Swift Creek Chinook Salmon, and local artisans. Pick up helpful information about numerous outdoor adventures. • Book an ADVENTURE on a guided ATV or Jeep tour, capture breath-taking photos and enjoy the views. • Watch hundreds of birds lift off from Cranberry Marsh. • Hike through unspoiled backcountry. • Discover a fishing paradise at Kinbasket Lake. • See the wonder of copper-coloured Chinook Salmon spawning. • Raft or paddle our scenic rivers.
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Experience the Mountain Parks Experience British Columbia! In 1778, Captain James Cook became the first European to reach the west coast of Vancouver Island. In 1842, James Douglas, while working for the Hudson’s Bay Company, came across a site called Camosack. A year later, Fort Victoria was constructed in the area. British Columbia (BC) has a rich history. It is Canada’s western most province, nestled between
the majestic Rocky Mountains to the east, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Blessed with breathtaking landscapes, BC’s geography is well-suited for all manner of adventures. There are warm summer lakes with beaches to comb, mountains to ski and trails to hike. Afterwards, soak up the healing waters at one of our many Hot Springs.
BC Fast Facts Capital City: Victoria Population: 4.6 million History: Entered Canadian Confederation in 1871 Total Area: 944,735km sq/364,764mi sq Highest Point: Fairweather Mountain, 4,663m/15,299ft
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Lowest Point: Pacific Ocean, Sea Level Longest River: Fraser River, 1,368 km/850 mi Provincial Flower: Pacific Dogwood Provincial Tree: Western Redcedar Provincial Bird: Steller’s Jay Provincial Gemstone: Jade Provincial Motto: “Splendour Without Diminishment”
Explore the Kootenay Rockies
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British Columbia (BC) is the kingdom of abundance. A land of giants. It is a wild place where nature, not man, creates the boundaries. Glaciated mountains have a gravitational pull that is surprising and unforgettable. Within this nature are multi-cultural urban centers of extraordinary beauty, offering a dichotomy of refined civilization as well as raw wilderness. Exploring BC reminds you of what it feels like to be alive. In the southeastern corner of BC, the jagged peaks of the Canadian Rockies rise in parallel with those of the Purcell, Selkirk and Monashee ranges. In between are valleys, rivers and lakes that have enabled human existence for more than 10,000 years. With incomparable scenic beauty around every turn, this is BC’s Mountain Playground. Rivers include the Kootenay and Columbia, North America’s fourth largest, which from its source in the Rocky Mountains, circumnavigates the region in a wide arc. Tributaries such as the Kicking Horse, Elk, Salmo and Lardeau rivers generate some of the best whitewater conditions on the continent. This is the birthplace of adventure tourism. Visitors come here for a rich palette of recreational activities that include world-
class mountain biking, climbing, river rafting, canoeing, paragliding, wildlife viewing, hiking and golfing. Summer is the best time for most outdoor activities. In the fall, all the trails come alive with fabulous displays of gold and crimson, and winter is a great time for a soak in a hot springs. The Kootenay Rockies is blessed with numerous hot springs ranging from wonderful resorts to wilderness pools. UNESCO has recognized Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, together with, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks, for their ‘outstanding universal value’, and are part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site. With four national parks and over seventy-five provincial parks within the Kootenay Rockies, you will find many vast areas of unspoiled wilderness. Every town and city in the region has a fascinating story to tell. Along your travels, discover the rare scenic beauty and warm, friendly people. Hike the trails of mountain parks or wander the streets of quaint downtowns. Follow one of the circle routes that winds its way through the region.
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Get the Passport at Visitor Reception at any of the 3 locations and save! Once you have received your first stamp, receive a 20% discount on admission to the next 2 attractions. Conditions apply and are listed on the Passport.
Kimberley Underground Mining Railway Take a short walk to the Sullivan Mine Powerhouse for a guided tour featuring the huge compressors and generators that used to power the mine before boarding the train again to learn more about Kimberley and enjoy spectacular scenery and glimpses of the occasional wild life as you travel back to the station. Explore the Orpheum Theatre, the North Star Schoolhouse, the Miner’s Cabin and the Caboose as part of your adventure into history. The Cranbrook History Centre The Cranbrook History Centre rail collection includes the 7 cars of the 1929 “Trans-Canada Limited” (a classic “Jazz Era Art Deco” design), 2 cars of the 1907 “Soo-Spokane Train” (a deluxe example of “Edwardian Art Nouveau Elegance”),
and the 1887 “Pacific Express.” This was a Victorian-era train representing the first transcontinental service in Canada. Also featured at the Cranbrook History Centre are the Cranbrook Museum, the Cranbrook Archives, the Royal Alexander Hall, and a Model Railway room. Fort Steele Heritage Town The Fort Steele Steam Railway is an operating museum, which interprets the experience of branch-line rail travel to the logging, mining and ranching communities of the East Kootenay. Ride on the steam train and see historic railway equipment and stationary steam engines displayed outside the engine house. Our vintage locomotive “1077” is a source of fascination for many of our visitors and for Hollywood: it has been used in several movies shot north of the border.
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Highway 93 runs north from Wickenburg, Arizona, 2,768 kms to Jasper, Ab. American visitors cross into Canada at the Roosville Border Crossing which is open 24/7 year round. For much of the 330 km within BC, Hwy 93 follows the Columbia River Valley and passes through historic communities like Fort Steele, resorts such as Fairmont Hot Springs, and the quaint town of Radium Hot Springs, before veering northeast through Kootenay National Park. Unplug, slow down and drink in the charm of this section of your journey.
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Kootenay National Park is on Mountain Time â€“ 1 HR AHEAD of Pacific Time (and most of B.C.)
Vermilion Pass, Fireweed Trail 95 km (1.2 hr) from Radium. Elevation: 1640 m. The Continental Divide is the dividing line between the Pacific and Atlantic watersheds. A 15-min interpretive trail loops through a regenerating forest.
85 km (1 hr) from Radium. Cold, iron-rich mineral springs bubble up through small pools, staining the earth a deep ochre.
88 km (1 hr) from Radium. Enjoy the sights and sounds of thundering glacial meltwater and the diverse vegetation resulting from the 2003 wild fire.
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63 km (45 min) from Radium. Located at Vermilion Crossing. Gift Shop, Cabins & Dining. Lodge Open Mid-May to Mid-Sept.
16 km (20 min) from Radium. Stop here for exhibit & dramatic view of: The Kootenay River Valley, The Mitchell & Vermilion Ranges.
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1.5 km from Radium. The iron-rich cliffs of the Redwall Fault provide a dramatic entrance to the park. Watch for bighorn sheep.
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In the village of Radium Hot Springs. Tourism Radium Information Desk OPEN YEAR ROUND 250-347-9331 Friends of Kootenay Gift Shop Parks Canada Info Desk 250-347-9505 Ktunaxa Nation culture & history exhibit.
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Relax and soak in the view of Sinclair Canyon or bring the kids for a fun day of swimming in the cool pool.
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Kootenay National Park Glaciers, fossils, grasslands with incredible hiking trails, viewpoints and campgrounds in between. Book your guided hike to the Burgess Shale Fossils and see them for yourself! Reservations needed.
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Old Salzburg Restaurant Austrian & Continental Cuisine | Schnitzel | Steak | Seafood |Homemade Pasta & Desserts. Daily 3 course dinner specials.
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Columbia Valley Golf Trail Your BC Rockies golf destination! Featuring 8 spectacular golf courses within 30 minute drive between Radium and Fairmont Hot Springs. Visit us online for tee times and more.
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High Country Vacation Rentals Choose from a variety of vacation rental accommodations from multi-bedroom condos and townhomes to lakefront cabins and private luxury homes. Kick back, stretch out and relax! HighCountryProperties.com | 800-665-1801
Columbia River Paddle COME PADDLE WITH US! “Lazy” River Paddle from Invermere to Radium. CANOE, KAYAK AND SUP RENTALS, SELF-GUIDED AND GUIDED TOURS. ColumbiaRiverPaddle.com | 250-342-7397
Open Year Round Winter Hours 9-5 Daily Summer Hours 9-7 Saturday - Thursday | 9-9 Friday’s Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Year’s Day
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Open Year Round Winter Hours 9-5 Monday - Saturday (September – June) Closed Sunday’s and Statuary Holidays Summer Hours 9-6 Daily
Downtown Invermere Kiosk Open Seasonally through July & August Wednesday – Sunday 9:30-5:30 Fairmont Hot Springs Kiosk
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Hidden Gems - Kootenay’s Marble Canyon
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Marble Marvel The 800m Marble Canyon trail crosses seven bridges along the route of a “migrating” waterfall and provides valuable insight into the rebirth of a forest.
Marble Canyon is eroded into the Cathedral Formation rock, which contains mostly the mineral dolomite. So, although the rock is not true marble, it looks the part when wet.
At the first bridge, we’re greeted by a blast of cold air – a potent example of the canyon’s effect on local climate. Glaciers 20km up the valley chill the air that settles on the valley floor. And the shaded depths of the canyon cool the air more.
Ochre Beds and Paint Pots This 1km walk leads to colourful deposits of clay and the outlets of three mineral springs. On the way you are treated to a suspension bridge crossing of the Vermilion River.
At the second bridge is a natural arch, which marks the waterfall’s location about 9000 years ago. Please don’t attempt to cross here! People have died from falling at this spot. The large boulder near the fifth bridge is a glacial erratic, deposited when the glacier that carved the Tokumm Creek Valley receded.
Sediments deposited on the bottom of an ancient glacial lake became the clay of the Ochre Beds. The remarkable colours result from saturation of the clay with iron-rich water from the outlets of three mineral springs – the Paint Pots. The compounds have also stained rocks and vegetation in the Vermilion River, facilitating its name.
Spray from the canyon saturates the thin soils on the rim. Only lichens and mat-like plants can take hold. Before the 2003 fire the complement of plants near Marble Canyon included some species normally found north of the Arctic Circle. With most of the damp forest consumed by fire, the plants now include species associated with drier, lodgepole pine forests. Countless thousands of young pines now grow amid the charred spars of the old forest. Wildflowers thrive and colour the ground in late spring and early summer. The canyon’s deepest point is the 39m drop underneath the seventh bridge, the present location of the waterfall. Constant pounding at the base of the cataract creates a plunge pool, which enlarges over time and begins to undercut the rock above. The hanging lip of the waterfall collapses into the plunge pool and the brink moves a few metres upstream. This process has helped Marble Canyon’s waterfall to “migrate” more than 600 meters upstream in 11,000 years.
The Ktunaxa (toon-AWK-ah) First Peoples knew the Ochre Beds as, “The place where the red earth spirit is taken.” The Ktunaxa gathered the colourful clay, formed it into cakes and baked it in fire. They ground the resulting compound into powder and mixed it with animal fat or fish grease to create a body paint, which was used in rituals and for trade. In the early 1900s industry came to the Ochre Beds. The clay was excavated and shipped to Calgary as a source of pigment for paint. The enterprise failed, rusting equipment remains beside clay for a harvest that was never completed. What once was considered sacred still is. Please keep to the beaten path and do not walk in the ochre deposits or remove any of the material. Disturbances take many years to disappear.
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Photos and Story by: Graeme Pole
Hidden Gems - Yoho’s Rockwalls and Waterfalls There is no better place to appreciate Yoho National Park’s theme of “rockwalls and waterfalls” than the Yoho Valley. When the ancestral Yoho Glacier receded at the end of the ice age, side valleys were left hanging above the main valley floor. Their streams now plunge over limestone cliffs toward the Yoho River. Takakkaw Falls (TAH-kah-kah) cascades 254m. The name is Cree for “It is magnificent!” You can reach the falls by a 600m trail, wheelchair and stroller accessible in part, from the parking lot at the end of the Yoho Valley Road. The falls are best-lit in the afternoon and early evening. If Takakkaw has you yearning for more thunder and spray, you can make a fine, full-day hike in the Yoho Valley. From the Yoho Valley trailhead, follow the trail 2.5km to where short sidetrails branch east to the bank of the Yoho River and a view of Angel’s Staircase Falls, and southwest to Point Lace Falls. Carry on to Laughing Falls at km 4.6. Follow beaten paths
from the campground along the north bank of the Little Yoho River to this impressive waterfall. To complete your cascade tour of the Yoho Valley, continue north from Laughing Falls for another 3.8km to Twin Falls. This 180m high cataract shimmers with rainbows in the morning sun. The Twin Falls Tea House, a National Historic Site, is nearby. Return to the trailhead by the way you came (8.4km one-way), or make a loop, returning via Marpole Lake, 9.5km one-way to the parking lot. Round-trip distances for this hike will be 16.8km – 17.9km. The good news: There is little elevation gain. If you have more time to spend, you may reserve camping at Laughing Falls or Twin Falls campgrounds, and explore at your leisure. Photos and Story by: Graeme Pole
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A Quick Snapshot To Visiting Yoho National Park Things to do in Summer Photo by Deschênes Steve
Visit a National Historic Site Just like Canada, the Canadian National Historic Sites are celebrating a birthday, their 100th! It is time to tick one off your bucket list in the Yoho Valley. The Twin Falls Tea House is operated seasonally as a private lodge. It was designated as a national historic site in 1992 and is a charming example of the early rustic, log-framed design. Beginning around 1908 The Canadian Pacific Railway built the tea house in stages. This chalet is a vivid reminder of the early days of hiking, mountaineering, and trail riding.
Spiral Tunnels When BC joined Confederation in 1871, it was on the condition that Prime Minister John A. Macdonald would build a railway to link the province to the rest of the country. The problem? The steep grades in the mountains. The solution? Spiral tunnels blasted through the mountains to reduce the grade. The tunnels remain an incredible engineering feat to this day. Part of the Kicking Horse Pass National Historic Site, the Spiral Tunnels are an easy place to stop and close to the village of Field.
Things to do in Winter
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Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing Emerald Lake is a great winter wonderland destination. With its Nordic trails and expansive views, this is truly a Canadian adventure! Skis and snowshoes can be rented at Emerald Sports & Gifts, which is located right beside the lake. Ice Climbing For adventurous and skilled climbers, Yoho National Park is home to some spectacular ice climbing routes near the village of Field.
Hike the classics! The Iceline Trail is arguably the most iconic trails in the park. It offers miles of glaciers and stunning mountain views! This is a strenuous full-day hike. For a shorter adventure, Takakkaw Falls is a thundering waterfall within a short walk from your car. At 302 meters, it’s one of the highest, easy-to-access waterfalls in Canada. Insider tip: there’s also a rock climbing route that goes up beside the waterfall. Try to spot the climbers!
Fall and Spring
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Stroll Through the Town of Field Under a sea of blazing aspens and snow-dusted peaks, Field is a gem in the fall. Discover its historical houses, walk its garden-lined streets, and shop or eat in the local cafes. Local secret: fall is simply the best time to visit Yoho!
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22 km (30 min) west of Field. In the Nakoda language of the Stoney Nation, Wapta means “running water” or “river”. Trail head is 2 km drive down dirt road, off of the Trans-Canada Highway. 90-minute round trip hike to see these impressive falls.
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11 km (15 min) from Field. A jewel of the Canadian Rockies. A 2 hour trail circles the lake. Sweet in the summer and incredible on snowshoes in the winter. Public parking available. Open year-round.
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Just off the Trans-Canada Highway. Parks Canada and Travel Alberta Info Desk will be open 7 days a week until Dec. 31, 2017. Phone: 250-343-6783. Friends of Yoho National Park Gift Shop Burgess Shale fossil displays.
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27 km (30 min) west of Lake Louise, Alberta - most services. Quaint mountain town with numerous Guesthouses and Bed & Breakfast Accommodation.
17 km from Field; Fee for the guided hike. For more info on Burgess Shale see pg 56
Burgess Shale Guided Hike to Mount Stephen
Starts in the Village of Field; Fees apply. 250-343-6393 www.friendsofyoho.ca
Yoho National Park is on Mountain Time – 1 HR AHEAD of Pacific Time (and most of B.C.)
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Experience The Burgess Shale Photos Courtesy of Parks Canada
They say that some secrets are just too good to keep, so we’re going to let you in on something pretty special, right here in Yoho National Park. Located near the village of Field, BC, the Burgess Shale fossil beds are home to some of the earliest modern animals ever to grace this planet. They come from a period when life was only found in the world’s oceans; you see, most of Western Canada was underwater. That’s right, up until 230 million years ago, the summits of what is now the Rocky Mountains actually formed the ocean floor. The ocean teemed with life and wonderfully some of the bones of those fish and reptiles have survived and been found. The first discovery of fossils on the mountaintops was made in August 1909, when Dr. Charles Walcott, then Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution visited the mountains that overlooked the town of Field, BC. Over the next sixteen years, Walcott collected more than 65,000 fossil specimens from the area now known as the Burgess Shale. These and other fossils recovered from expeditions over the past century, grace the halls of someof the world’s greatest museums, helping to bring an ancient world, dating back 505 million years, back to life. This time in history is referred to as the Cambrian Period. It bore witness to an explosion of life that laid the foundation for FREE
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most of the modern animals that inhabit the planet today. In fact, 95 percent of today’s animals, including snails, sea stars, crabs, insects, spiders, fish and, remarkably, mammals, can all trace their very first ancestors to this unique period in time. Through its exquisitely preserved deposit of soft-bodied animal fossils, the Burgess Shale fossil beds provide an unparalleled glimpse into the development of life on this planet. As a result, the Burgess Shale fossil beds have been a scientific discovery the entire world deserves to know about. In the summer of 2017, Parks Canada Heritage Interpreters are once again offering guided hikes to the restricted Burgess Shale fossil beds. Hikes incorporate traditional interpretive techniques such as storytelling and hands on activities. To book your hike call Parks Canada at 1.800.759.2429, or go to pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/bc/yoho/activ/burgess/burgess-visit/reserv The Burgess Shale Geoscience Foundation also leads hikes to the fossil beds. To learn more: burgess-shale.bc.ca Note that hikes to the Walcott Quarry are 20 km round trip; hikes to the Mount Stephen fossil beds are 6 km. Both are challenging and involve elevation gains of over 800 metres. If you want to learn more while you are in the area, stop by Yoho National Park Visitor Information Centre in Field to see the interactive Burgess Shale display and gallery.
You may already know that dinosaurs roamed Western Canada some 65-100 million years. You may not realize however, that at that time, most of this region was filled with swampy coastal forests! Numerous bone beds have been discovered in Western Canada over the past century.
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Get off the Beaten Track in Golden BC Photo Courtesy of Tourism Golden/ Agathe Bernard
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Surrounded by the Canadian Rockies, Selkirk and Purcell mountain ranges, Golden is unpretentious, welcoming, and friendly; a real town with real people. Golden is the perfect base to access the hidden gems in Yoho and Glacier National Parks. Experience alpine lakes, waterfalls, historic sites, and stunning scenery – but without the crowds. Since I’ve made my home in Golden, I realize the satisfaction from being in a real mountain town where people appreciate the parks, mountains, and rivers that surround us, and they are happy to share their insider tips. Here are just a few of my own favourites: Burgess Shale: The fossil beds are accessible on pre-booked guided hikes, and are well worth the small cost and effort to feed the mind, body, and senses. Emerald Lake & Basin: The parking lot and first 500m of the trail may be busy, but you can enjoy a quiet, gentle, hike around the lakeshore, or through the basin.
Photo Courtesy of Tourism Golden/ Agathe Bernard
Wapta Falls: One of my favourite things to do is take a short 2.1km walk through lush forest to the base of this impressive 30m waterfall - the largest on the Kicking Horse River. It’s easy to do with family and friends, and always gets a great response. Railway History: The unique challenges and solutions faced by those taking a railroad through the Rocky Mountains are fascinating. The steep grade posed a serious challenge, the solution to which was the Spiral Tunnels. Completed in 1909, they can be viewed from a lookout just west of Field. Rogers Pass Visitor Centre contains exhibits about avalanches and the railway history of the area. The Loop Brook trail, a 1.6km trail highlights the moss-covered stone pillars that once carried the railway track across the valley. Glacier Crest Trail: Not for the faint of heart, this is an outand-back hike on a steep trail up to a ridge which provides impressive views of the Illecillewaet and Asulkan glaciers. You can turn around at any time, but I highly recommend the full effort for some of the the best alpine views.
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At the heart of your Parks adventure. Golden B.C. is surrounded by six of Canadaâ€™s most stunning national parks; Yoho, Glacier, Banff, Jasper, Kootenay, and Mount Revelstoke. This unique location makes Golden the ideal place from which to experience the spectacular scenery, iconic hiking trails, waterfalls, lakes and heritage sites of the national parks. Sitting at the confluence of two historic rivers and surrounded by majestic mountain vistas, Golden is an authentic mountain town that offers unrefined mountain adventure. Enjoy a vast range of activities or just simply enjoy our fabulous mountain scenery and wildlife. Start planning your Golden adventure at www.tourismgolden.com/emp
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Hermit Trail, Photo courtesy of Freya Rasmussen
Abbott Ridge Trail, Photo courtesy of Mari Omori
Coined “Fifty Switzerlands In One,” by early mountaineers, Glacier National Park of Canada gained an early reputation as a rugged, inaccessible place where only extreme adventurers and the wild-in-heart dare go. Today, 150 years later, the park has something for everyone. Adventurers can follow in the footsteps of the Swiss guides and early mountaineers who blazed a trail for many generations of travellers yet to come. Laid-back vacationers can unwind at one of three front-country campgrounds. Both types will leave awed by the glacier-studded landscape that is not found anywhere else on the planet. Glacier National Park offers adventure opportunities yearround. Spring is a great time to explore the interpretive loops right off the highway. Rock Garden Interpretive Trail, with its mysterious boulder field from the last ice age, is an awesome place for a hike. And the Hemlock Grove boardwalk, with its barrier-free design, is another excellent early-season option. Summer in the park gets into full swing with incredible alpine hikes for the adventurous, interpretive programs for all those
seeking knowledge, and campgrounds for all those looking to relax and absorb the natural surroundings. Not surprisingly, fall in the park needs to be seen to be fully appreciated! Hike up the Marion Lake Trail to see gorgeous deciduous trees turning yellow and red amid the deep-green conifers that hug the hillsides. Winter in Glacier National Park is a wonderland. It’s a backcountry skier’s paradise. If you’re looking for an iconic skiing experience, Rogers Pass takes the cake. (Important to note, the terrain is considered advanced and knowledge of avalanche safety is highly recommended.) Visitors coming for a “snowy” adventure should also visit the Rogers Pass Discovery Centre to view the impressive displays and get up-to-date information from Parks staff. Depending on where you’re going, you can also pick up a winter camping or backcountry permit at this impressive facility located at the top of the pass on the Trans-Canada Highway. Please visit Glacier Park’s website for additional information on the Winter Permit System and visitor safety.
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Experience Glacier and Mount Revelstoke National Parks Kilometres 0
EASTERN WELCOME STATION
Meadows in the Sky Parkway and Day Area
Begins 1.5 km east of Revelstoke. The only place in a Canadian National Park where you can drive to the top of a mountain. This road switch-backs 26 km up Mount Revelstoke to flower filled meadows. A free shuttle service takes you the last few kms in the summer months. Ten trail heads at the summit including the Koo Koo Sint Trail that details David Thompson’s travels in the area. The heritage of three First Nations peoples - the Secwepemc, Ktunaxa, and Okanagan is highlighted in the First Footsteps Trail. Left unplowed in winter, the area is ideal for snowshoers, cross-country skiers; ski touring terrain lies beyond. Anticipating large crowds this summer, best to come before 10:00am or after 5:00pm.
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2 Nels Nelsen Historic Ski Jump
Exhibit celebrates international ski jumping (1915-71). Hike from the Railway Museum or the Nels Nelsen Historic Area on Meadows in the Sky Parkway. Exhibit opening July 2017
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5 Loop Brook Trail
63 km (45 min) east of Revelstoke. This 30 minute interpretive loop winds you through historic pillars which once held up a railway engineering feat.
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3 Skunk Cabbage Trail
66 km (50 min) east of Revelstoke. Several hikes begin at this trailhead. Explore trails and mountaineering routes established more thana century ago.
4 Hemlock Grove Trail
7 Rogers Pass Discovery Centre
28 km (25 min) east of Revelstoke. Unique wetlands experience, interpretive 30-min boardwalk trail loop. Great bird-watching!
54 km (40 min) east of Revelstoke. Explore the rain forest. A 10 minute interpretive boardwalk winds through ancient Western Hemlocks.
Summit of Rogers Pass: 76 km (55 min) west of Golden. 72 km (52 min) east of Revelstoke; 250-837-7500 Parks Canada Info Desk, Regular Summer hours: 8:00am - 7:00pm daily pm. Theatre & exhibits: history, wildlife & avalanches
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Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks are on Pacific Time – 1 hour BEHIND Mountain Time.
8 Beaver Valleys
79 km (1 hr) east of Revelstoke. Hike or bike into the wilderness interior of Glacier National Park. The Beaver River Valley is home to antique stands of Western Red Cedar and Western Hemlock. The vast alpine meadows of Bald Mountain attract hardy adventurers on this 16+ km hike.
Beaver Valley Day-Use Area
85 km (65 min) east of Revelstoke. In the warmest part of Glacier, this day-use area is one of the park’s first and last snow-free facilities every season.
Snapshot of Mount Revelstoke National Park Mount Revelstoke National Park, conveniently located just off the TransCanada Highway just minutes from the historic city of Revelstoke, is a hidden gem. Regardless if you’ve been to this impressive park before, 2017 is a great year to come visit! A historic ski jump, a 700-year-old forest, beginner biking trails for the whole family, beautiful marshes, and alpine meadows at the top of the Meadows in the Sky Parkway are just some of the attractions that visitors from all walks of life will enjoy. Parks Canada invites you to experience the rich ski jumping history of Mount Revelstoke with a new (in 2016) interactive exhibit. Step into a pair of metal pants and skis like those worn by multiple world-record holder Nels Nelsen. Enjoy the same exhilaration Nels and many other historic ski jumpers did as you lean out at the top of the ski jump. While you’re up there, take a moment and savour the beautiful landscape of the Columbia River Valley and City of Revelstoke. Travelling with kids? Mount Revelstoke National Park’s unique new Beaver Lodge Children’s Interpretive Bike Park is not to be missed. It is located at the Nels Nelsen area, this bike park is designed for children +2yr and it is close to challenging trails for the adults in your group. Visitors will learn interesting facts about the flora and fauna of the area as they weave through the forest, bump over the dragonfly teeter totter, and coast through the animal overpass. When your group needs a break, find one of Parks Canada’s iconic red chairs nearby and relax with a snack in the outdoors. For those with just a few minutes to spare, the interpretive trails right off the TransCanada highway are a perfect place to stop. Giant Cedars boardwalk takes you through an untouched interior rainforest that evokes dreams of mystical lands, while the Skunk Cabbage Boardwalk loop gives you a marshy tour of a bird and amphibian paradise. If you come in the spring you will be greated with an especially aromatic experience that will explain how this unique place got its name! Photos Courtesy of Parks Canada and Rob Buchanan
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Experience the West Kootenays Located between the Purcell and Selkirk mountain ranges, Kootenay Lake is one of the largest in BC. It’s a quiet and scenic summer tourist destination. Departing Revelstoke, consider a path less travelled. The ferry across Arrow Lake is free so take Hwy 23 and 31 south to Kaslo and Balfour.
Balfour is celebrating 70 years of Ferry Service from the Balfour Landing. Please come join us for our appreciation ceremony on June 10 & 11, 2017. Live entertainment is headlined by the Ktunaxa Youth Dancers & Drummers, fireworks, displays, prizes, and FREE Pancake breakfast. And the 26th annual Kaslo Jazz Etc Festival runs Aug 4-6.
A stroll down Front Street in Kaslo will bring you to historic SS Moyie, the world’s oldest intact passenger sternwheeler. Open daily through mid-October.
Make 2017, the year you explore the laid back charm of the West Kootenays. You’ll leave with a lifetime of memories and wish you had stayed longer.
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May 25 - Sept 25
Lake Louise Tent*
May 30 - Sept 28
Lake Louise Trailer* Year Round $32.30 Soft-Sided camping in winter only (mid-November to mid-April)
June 1 - Oct 10
Tunnel Mt. Village I*
May 11 - Oct 2
Tunnel Mt. Village II*
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Banff National Park - Map on pg 20
June 1 - Oct 10
$27.40 - $32.30
10 Tunnel Mt. Trailer*
May 11 - Oct 2
11 Two Jack Main*
June 22 - Sept 4
12 Two Jack Lakeside*
May 11 - Oct 2
13 Waterfowl Lakes
June 24 - Sept 5
Kootenay National Park - Map on pg 47 1
June 22 - Sept 4
June 15 - Sept 18
May 1 - Oct 9
$27.40 - $38.20
May 17 - Oct 9
Jasper National Park - Map on pg 30 1
May 17 - Sept 17
Icefield Centre RV
Mar 31 - Oct 30
May 17 - Sept 17
June 21 - Sept 4
May 17 - Sept 17
May 17 - Sept 24
May 17 - Sept 17
$21.50 - $27.40
May 3 - Oct 9
$27.40 - $32.30
10 Wapiti Winter
Oct 10 - May 1
$27.40 - $32.30
May 3 - Oct 9
$27.40 - $38.20
May 31 - Sept 17
12 Wilcox Creek
Glacier and Mount Revelstoke National Parks - Map on pg 61 1
June - Sept
July 1 - Sept 4
Mount Sir Donald
July - Aug
All Open Dates are weather dependant.
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Yoho National Park - Map on pg 55 1 Hoodoo Creek
June 22 - Sept 4
2 Kicking Horse
May 18 - Oct 9
May 4 - Sept 4
4 Takakkaw Falls
June 22 - Oct 9
Apr 14 - Oct 9
$22.50 - $38.20
2 Crandell Mountain
May 18 - Sept 4
3 Belly River
May 12 - Sept 25
May 1 - Oct 1
$30.00 - $50.00
Sleepy Hollow Campground May 1 - Oct 31
$24.00 - $35.00
$21.00 - $31.50
$25. 00 - $45.00
Waterton Lakes National Park - Map on pg 13 1 Waterton Townsite*
Pincher Creek, Alberta Crowsnest, Alberta Crowsnest Pass Campground
Kimberley, British Columbia Kimberley Riverside
Apr - Oct
Springbrook Resort Apr - Oct $28.50 - $35.50 • 250-422-3079 Come and enjoy an experience or adventure of your choice…in the beautiful and majestic Rocky and Purcell Mountain Ranges.
Radium, British Columbia Canyon RV Resort
Apr 15 - Oct 15
$40.00 - $80.00
$25.00 - $35.00
West Kootenays, British Columbia The Lakeview
May 1 - Oct 31
Mirror Lake Campground Apr 15 - Oct 15 $24.00 - $28.00 96 • • • • 250-353-7102 mirrorlakecampground.com Lakefront rental cabins and trailers, $55-$79 based on double occupancy. Beach with playground, rental boats and bass fishing. Dog walk. Three Island Resort Riviera RV Park
May 1 - Sept 30
$22.00 - $32.00
$25.00 - $50.00
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out & about. Full service RV & tenting • 18 hole putting course • Resort pool
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• Stunning scenery • Store
• Internet access
1.877.999.2929 KimberleyCampground.com Turn on St. Mary Lake Rd. off Hwy 95A, 6kms south of city centre