Hiking the Bow Valley – Wind Ridge

Wind Ridge is a moderately challenging half-day hike just a few minutes east of Canmore in the Bow Valley. There’s minimal noise from the TransCanada highway, a good variety of wildflowers and some fantastic views from the ridgeline – including the less familiar “back side” of the Three Sisters. Return distance = 13.6 km (8.5 miles) with total elevation gain of 945 meters (3100 ft). There is one short rock band to navigate.


Hiking the Bow Valley – Pigeon Mountain

Generally speaking, we’re fair-weather hikers. But when Environment Canada’s forecast shows nothing but rain, chance of showers and/or risk of thunderstorms for the next seven days, we become a lot more receptive to the idea of a half-day hike where we might encounter some precipitation on the way back down. All of which is a…

Hiking the Bow Valley – Ha Ling

We’ve been monitoring Twitter and the Alberta Parks and National Parks websites as areas damaged by the extensive June 2013 floods slowly re-open. The Smith-Dorrien (Highway 742) re-opened Friday (July 12) although it’s not yet clear what the trail conditions are like. So when @TourismCanmore tweeted on Friday that Ha Ling was open, we decided…