We first hiked to Citadel Pass in 2009. After seven years, two things prompted us to return: first, there’s summer weekend gondola service to Sunshine Village; and second, the moderate elevation gain is something I can handle even with a torn ACL. Our late July timing was ideal. The wildflowers were fantastic! We also spotted a male Mountain Bluebird and enjoyed the company of countless Columbian Ground Squirrels. For more than half the day we enjoyed blue skies which meant great long distance viewing of the cone of Mt. Assiniboine – something cloaked by forest fire smoke during our 2009 exploration of this trail.
Our bike rides have multiple purposes: exercise, photography, active transportation and/or geocaching. With my last ride in Griffith Woods centered on exercise and photography, I decided to plan a ride based on geocaching. Planning For advance planning, the official geocaching website is a great resource. Search for the general area you’ll be visiting, open any…
Highlights along the Elbow River Pathway from its north end in Inglewood to North Glenmore Park include Jeff de Boer’s “Rainbow Trout” sculpture, riding through ENMAX Park and several stretches where it’s hard to remember you’re in the middle of Calgary. But pathway signage is a little scarce and route-finding a bit challenging for first-time riders.
We don’t visit Fish Creek Provincial Park nearly as often as we did when our boys were relatively new to cycling. Highlights from our 30+ km (20+ mi) ride on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in early June reminded us that it’s always worth the effort to visit Canada’s largest urban park: lots of birdsong, an abundance of trails to choose from, some lovely wetlands, and points of geological interest are just some of the reasons so many people visit Fish Creek Park each year.
Another weekend in Calgary, another bike ride on city pathways. Our previous ride took in sections of the Bow River Pathway, so this time around we opted to ride on shared streets towards Glenmore Reservoir, planning to ride all the way around. Our plans changed part way around – twice! But we still got in a decent ride, found a handful of geocaches and enjoyed watching a large colony of Cliff Swallows nesting under the pedestrian bridge across the Elbow River down in the Weaselhead.
After ride up Highwood Pass, we opted for something considerably easier for our next bicycle outing: 34 km (mostly) along sections of the Bow River Pathway in Calgary. It just naturally evolved into an art and architecture tour centered around 3 main stops.