Tag Archives: Banff

Backpacking At Lake Minnewanka

Determined to get the most out of backpacking season this year, Mike and I started hitting the trails earlier than usual. A mild winter and incredibly early spring meant that we had almost now snow by mid-April, which allowed us to start spending nights outdoors before May long-weekend. Very early in May we found ourselves

Backpacking Flores Island: Getting There

After weeks of preparation, and quite a lot of anxiety, and making of arrangements, we hit the road for Vancouver Island on Friday, July 20th. The first hour of the trip was uneventful, and then we got to the park gates, just outside of Banff, and it was clear something was amiss. Traffic was backed

Hitting The Slopes, Eating Weird Things, And Other Goodness

Some months back, Mike’s mom, Ruth, and his sister, Michelle, came out to Alberta for a visit! It was so great to see them, and the four of us headed out to the mountains for a two-day ski vacation in Banff. I hadn’t been on skis in almost a decade, and it had been quite

Our Weekend At The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

Last weekend Jay invited Mike and I to join him and the kids in Banff for a couple of days, and to spend the night at the Banff Springs Hotel. We headed for the mountains early on Saturday afternoon (after we finished up with the condo developers) and after arriving in Banff, we checked into

We Are Headed To Banff This Weekend!

My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing – Aldous Huxley I know my recent updates have been a lot of random photos and other fluff, but there is good reason for that.  Mike and I have both been rather busy with job hunting, and we are both starting new

Lake Luellen: Day Three – August 2010

Sunday morning was blessedly warmer than Saturday morning had been, and when we hauled ourselves out of our sleeping bags at 7:30 am there wasn’t any frost on the ground, in spite of the somewhat heavy rains that had gone on through the night.  We’d had the good sense to keep our boots inside the tent on

Lake Luellen: Day Two – August 2010

On Saturday morning around 6 am I reluctantly extracted myself from the warm cocoon of my mummy sleeping bag, in order to, um, answer the call of nature as it were.  The first indication that it was going to be a rough start to our second day was the fact that the ground was covered in half

Lake Luellen: Day One – August 2010

So our long-awaited and much-anticipated first-ever overnight hiking trip went off wonderfully. It was just Mike and I, and 36 km of heavily wooded trail. Oh, and a grizzly bear. We pulled into the trailhead parking lot after purchasing our wilderness passes in Banff, and having a delicious dinner at Earl’s. A wilderness pass is