Snowshoeing – Sawmill Trail Kananaskis Country

Distance – Sawmill Snowshoe Loop – 5.07 km Elevation Gain – 143 metres On my last trip up to Bow Lake I found myself standing in the parking lot looking out across a field of snow that was at least five feet deep, and it suddenly occurred to me that I needed to buy snowshoes. After looking around a bit I found a pair on sale for half price (thank you Black Friday) at Atmosphere, and decided to put aside my prejudiced of the Forzani Group (I don’t support them because they always mis-represent sales and all sorts of other dirty selling tricks….. and surprise […]

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Bow Valley & Icefields Parkways

I took a sunrise drive out to the mountains, heading first up the Bow Valley Parkway, and then up to the Icefields Parkway (#93) all the way to Saskatchewan River Crossing with an hour detour down the David Thompson Highway (#11). The morning started out fantastic, if a little chilly, with great morning light on Castle Mountain, and a nice shiny layer of frost on the grass. Unfortunately it didn’t last long and by the time I got to the Icefields Parkway it had turned cloudy and overcast and by Bow Lake the roads were shear ice, and there was […]

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Kananaskis Drive – Coyote

While driving down Spray Lakes Trail I spotted a Coyote crossing the road far off in the distance. By the time I got there it was long gone, so I hopped out of the car and headed down the hillside in the snow to try and find it’s tracks. To my surprise it wasn’t actually long gone. Instead it scared the hell out me when it jump out from behind some bushes  about ten metres away. I think I surprised it just as much as it did me, because it took one look at me and bolted down the hill […]

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Kananaskis Drive – Barrier & Spillway Lakes

It was a warm sunny Wednesday afternoon, and I was off work early so I figured I’d head out to Kananaskis for one last chance to shoot some pictures before the snow started to pile up. Heading down Highway #40 it was all sunshine and blue skies, but the wind was so strong and cold you couldn’t stand outside for more than a minute before being blinded by watering eyes (which always makes shooting photos a bit difficult). After a short walk around Mount Lorette Ponds, and some roadside shots of Barrier Lake I made my way up Spray Lakes […]

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Pearce Estate Park

Just a couple of photos from a walk around Pearce Estate Park in Calgary. There is a nice little trout pond at the hatchery that is a new edition since my last visit.

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Bow Valley & Banff Elk

Bow Valley Provincial Park is a lot bigger than I expected. I’ve driven past the entrance a few hundred times, and did stop in once but only made it as far as the parking lot and information centre before the sun went down. So I think I assumed that was all there was to the park. There is actually a fair bit of road to explore, and a great little picnic area on the shore of the Bow river with a fantastic view of Mount John Laurie (Yamnuska). Which I will most definitely be revisiting with my fly rod come next spring. I didn’t spend nearly […]

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First Snows of Autumn

First real snowfall of the year, and I had to drive down to Millerville to do a delivery for work. Thankfully I brought my camera along, because once I got out into the country the fresh fields of snow and autumn colours were looking pretty great. Unfortunately it didn’t last long, and by the time I headed back (which is when I usually take more time to shoot pictures) the  snow had pretty much melted away. Thankfully I did stop and get a couple of pictures before it was all gone.

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Elk Island National Park – The Bison

The main reason I went to Elk Island NP was to take pictures of the wild bison. There are two different species of bison in Canada, plains bison and wood bison, and this park has both of them. I have no idea how accurate any of this is, because it seems like every new thing I read has different numbers than the last. Plains Bison By the 1880’s it was estimated that there was only about 200 plains bison left in the world, but thankfully due to conservation efforts mostly by private ranchers who didn’t want to see them disappear completely, (pretty […]

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Elk Island National Park – The Park

Elk Island National Park is located 35 KM east of Edmonton on the Yellowhead Highway (Hwy. #16). It is one of Canada’s smaller national parks at only 194 square kilometres, and the only completely enclosed national park. By the time I got to the park I was pretty sick of driving, so it was really nice to get to the slow and relaxing pace of the Elk Island Parkway. Like I said, its a pretty small park, only about 20 km from north to south, and about half that from east to west, with the parkway running north/south through the […]

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Elk Island National Park – The Drive

I first heard about Elk Island National park only a couple of years ago (I think it was just a little blurb in Canadian Geographic). They claim to have the highest concentration of hoofed mammals outside of Africa. So needless to say it’s been very high on my list of places to visit. Unfortunately it’s just far enough away that you don’t really want to go there and back in one day (and if you’re going to stay the weekend it’s hard to resist the allure of Jasper and the Rocky Mountains). After being utterly disappointed by the bison in Waterton, I […]

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Willow Valley

I had to go down south on Highway #22 to an area called Willow Valley for work, and took my camera with me, with the plan to shoot some autumn farm scenery. It turned out to be a beautiful day, but like usual, I never seem to be able to find a decent spot to stop on Highway #22. I did manage to take a few pictures, and stopped for a bit of a walk around the Old Man River. Other than that it wasn’t a very exciting day, but considering I was down there for work, I can’t really […]

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Waterton – Wildlife

One of the main reasons that I wanted to go down to Waterton National Park was for the wildlife. I found the first bear of the day a short ways up the canyon parkway across a ravine eating berries on the hillside that sloped down from the golf course. Although I had a nice clear view of it, it was a long way off and there wasn’t enough light to get a decent shutter speed with my 2X-TC. I shot a few photos, and watched for a while before it disappeared into the bushes. Further down the parkway I passed a car pulled over on the […]

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Waterton – The Scenery

By the time I made it down to Waterton I was in desperate need of some breakfast (the A&W in Alderside doesn’t open until five in the morning, I missed the one in Claresholm, and my route never took me into Fort Macleod). So unfortunately I was stuck wasting my time sitting down to possibly the worst $20 breakfast I’ve ever eaten in my life. After breakfast I headed to Cameron Lake to shoot some pictures, while the lake was nice,  (apart from the tour bus full of people walking into all my shots), the drive there was a bit of let down with […]

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Waterton – Windfarms

It had been a few years since the last time I had been down to Waterton National Park, and I thought it was time for another visit. I had also been wanting to shoot some pictures of the windmills down by Pincher Creek so I thought I’d head down to the park for the morning, and maybe stay the night in Pincher Creek. But then I was talking to my father and he mentioned the wind-farms down by Glenwood (which is closer and on the way to the park). So anyway, I was up early. Like four in the morning early, and […]

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Highwood Morning

So, the clock on my dresser says its 5:30 in the morning, and I’m staring at the ceiling wondering why I’m wide awake on a Thursday morning after only sleeping like 4 hours. And then I start thinking about a Sausage and Egg Mcmuffin from McDonalds, and next thing I know I’m showered and loading gear into the car. I don’t have to be at work for like 6 hours so I figure I’ll take the long way there…… When I say long way there, I mean the three hundred and some kilometre loop through Canmore up Spray Lakes Trail […]

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Moraine Lake

I had to go out to Banff for work to do a delivery to a production company that was filming a movie out there, so I figured that I might as well bring my camera and make an afternoon of it. And…. It was pretty much a waste of time……..! I headed up the parkway, shot a couple bad photos at all the usual spots, and finally made it up to Moraine Lake (after years of failed attempts). But by the time I got there it was pretty much dark, a storm was rolling in, and the light and clouds were […]

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Turbine Canyon – One Last Post

I was going through some photos from last year noticed this view of Haig glacier, (I had no idea what glacier it was when I took the photo). So I thought I’d post this just to show a little perspective of the our backpacking trip (obviously the path is not very accurate). **click on the image a couple of times to get to the full view.   (I have no Idea why this image is showing up on top of the screen!!)

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Maude Lake & Beatty Glacier

Distance – Turbine Canyon to Maude Lake – 1.53 km Elevation Gain to Maude Lake – 144 metres After the morning hike up to Haig Glacier we came back to camp for a nice relaxing lunch, and by relaxing what I really mean is walking in circles around the table with food in hand trying to get a mouthful of soup with as few mosquitoes in  it as possible. Hot, tired, and full, we retreated to the tent to escape the bugs for a well deserved siesta, which lasted all of two minutes because it was so swelteringly hot inside we literally […]

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