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Hiking the Bow Valley – Grotto Canyon

While not the most scenic hike, there is definitely a fun factor to this half-day outing – creek crossings, rock-hopping, pictographs, waterfalls and rock climbers are all appealing. Natural turnaround points are at the waterfall (approx. 2 km return) and at the hoodoos (approx. 6 km return). The steep canyon walls and creek can be a cool respite on hot summer days. In the winter, ice cleats should be considered essential for this trail.

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Photo Blogging Challenge – Look Up (May 2017)

Think about if for a minute…when’s the last time a day went by without someone telling you to look up? This phrase applies to everything from situations as basic as looking up a bit of information on a website to much more important things, like the need to look up from the various screens that are so good at demanding attention to really engage with the people in our lives that are deserving of our attention. Finding time each day to look up from technology and work is also a good way to (re)connect with nature – to take in a daily dose of Vitamin N and reap the associated benefits.

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Planning Tips for the 2017 Hiking Season

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.

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Photo Blogging Challenge – Colour (April 2017)

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.

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Sure Signs of Spring in Calgary

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!