Popular hiking trails in Banff, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks are expected to be busier than ever in 2017, thanks to free national parks entry in celebration of Canada’s 150th. Thanks to careful planning and trail selection, we’re aiming for maximum enjoyment while exploring the Canadian Rocky Mountains this summer. Read on to take advantage of our top strategies and to get the inside scoop on our favourite hiking trails.
We don’t always realize how much the presence (or absence) of colour influences how we’re feeling. But the range and depth of our response to colour is embedded in language: seeing red, feeling blue, mellow yellow and “orange ya glad” are some of the common English phrases that reflect the influence of colour on emotion. So when winter hangs around longer usual, leaving the landscape drab and a little depressing, it’s a challenge to spot uplifting splashes of colour in nearby nature.
Despite its official arrival almost four weeks ago, signs of spring remain elusive. But for careful observers, there are compelling clues that spring is creeping over the Calgary landscape: fluffy catkins, pale green leaves poking through, patches of open water on Glenmore Reservoir, and prairie crocus blossoms – the most convincing sign of spring!
People sure make different choices when it comes to vacations. Budget, family circumstances and personal interests shape holiday plans. Our family vacations tend to one extreme or the other – we go big or stay home! This spring vacation, we opted to unwind with a nine-day nature break in Canmore, featuring daily photo walks. Our vacation pics reflect the tussle between winter and spring that takes place at this time of year in this part of the world.
As far back as I can remember, I’ve loved numbers. The number four, in particular, has a lot of character:
– Four is the only cardinal numeral in the English language that has the same number of letters as its number value.
– The fourth finger (ring finger) of a human hand automatically bends when the little finger bends (trying is believing).
– In Tetris, a game named for the Greek word for four, every shape in the game is formed of four square blocks.
Herein are five photographic interpretations of four.
What’s not to love about February? It provides an extra day every four years. The sunrise comes a little earlier each morning and the sun goes down a little later each evening, providing precious extra minutes of daylight. The birthstone for February is amethyst, which is purple – an awecome colour! And for many in North America, February brings the first three day weekend of the year.