Haig Glacier

Distance – Turbine Canyon to First View of Haig Glacier – 1.55 km Elevation Gain to first viewpoint – 209 metres We wanted to do a couple of short hikes on the second day of our camping trip to Turbine Canyon. After talking to some other campers we decided we would start out the day with a trip up to have a look at Haig Glacier and the Beckie Scott Centre for High Altitude Training. We made a quick stop to check out Turbine Canyon, which was actually very impressive, and a whole lot deeper than I expected, so deep […]

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Turbine Canyon – Backpacking

Distance to Turbine Canyon Campground – 18.15 km Elevation Gain – 575 metres Like usual, we never got around to planning this years backpacking trip until a couple of days before we decided to go. The great thing about procrastinating is that we didn’t really have much choice where to go (I think we literally got the last open back-country site in all of Kananaskis Country). Because of this we ended up at the Turbine Canyon Backcountry campsite, which none of us had ever heard of before, and probably given the choice would never have chosen to go to. Looking at the details of […]

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Cataract Creek – Deer & Insects

While camping at Cataract Creek there was a deer that liked to hang out in the meadow behind our site and kept popping up every now and then. There was also no shortage of insects, so I got out my macro lens and played around a little bit.

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Camping – Cataract Creek

I had a great weekend camping with a bunch of friends down south of Calgary on the Highway 40, at a place called Cataract Creek. Originally we were planning on camping at Blue Rock on the Sheep River, but when we got there on Friday afternoon it was already filled up with campers and RV’s. We decided we should try Cataract Creek, because we had all been there last year, so everyone that was coming out later already knew where it was. We also figured that if the campground was also full we could just keep heading south until we […]

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Osprey

I see osprey sitting up high in their nests on top of telephone poles (or what used to be telephone poles until the nest were moved over by the conservation people) everywhere I go. Although I see them all over, I’ve never been able to find one I could get a good view of. That was until I spotted one off the side of Highway 22X with a side road running under it. I had my camera with me one day while passing by for work, so I took a quick detour an shot a couple photos. It was the […]

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Mud Lake Moose

We had a frighteningly close encounter with this Bull Moose while on our way back from Burstall Lakes in Kananaskis Country.  It was blocking the trail through the meadow just up the hill from Mud Lake and the parking lot, and we had to get pretty close to get around it and back to the car.  

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Burstall Lakes

Return distance to third lake – 6.75 km Elevation gain – 98 metres I spent my entire morning being lazy while my sister and I both contemplated going for a hike, eventually we did get up the motivation to go. And so it was late afternoon by the time we got out into Kananaskis country and still had no real plan, and were now severely limited in where to go because of the late time of day. We ended up at the trail-head for Burstall pass, all I knew about the hike at the time was that the lake wasn’t very far. It turns […]

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Highwood Pass – The Wildlife

As I mentioned in the previous post, I had a great trip out to Kananaskis. What I didn’t really mention is the dozens of Big Horned Sheep, the multiple Snowshoe Hares, the two absolutely beautiful Brown Bears, or the amazing encounter with a mother Grizzly and her little cub.                                              

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Highwood Pass – The Scenery

Every winter the section of Highway 40 from the turnoff to Kananaskis Lakes Trail and… well actually I’m not sure where the closure is on the south side of the road. But suffice to say they close the highway down in the winter (December 1), to accommodate the migration of Big-Horned Sheep. The road reopens on June 15th, and I like to take a drive around the entire loop of the highway as soon as I can after that. My thinking is that the wildlife won’t all be scared away from the roadside by traffic yet, (although this has never been proven […]

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Killdeer

I have spotted this pair of Killdeer a couple times while doing deliveries for work. I figure they have a nest in the tall grass somewhere in the unused parking lot on the far east edge of the city by Shepard, but haven’t been able to find it (I haven’t really looked for it, because I’d rather not disturb it, or heaven forbid steep on it). I knew I was going out there one day so I brought my camera along and stopped to see if I could find them. There was only one around on this day, but she cooperated nicely. Killdeer are […]

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Mount Black Prince Cirque

Return Distance – 4.5 km Elevation Gain – 90 metres With the weather finally starting to warm up I planned a hiking trip out to Chester Lake in Kananaskis Country with a couple of friends. But unfortunatly I found out a few days before that the trail was closed to prevent erosion and had to come up with another plan. After looking at the trail reports, it was obvious that we were going to have to stick to the lower elevations if we didn’t want to end up waist deep in snow. Most of the trails I’ve been wanting to […]

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Kananaskis Drive

I took a quick drive out to Kananskis Country and Spray Lakes, mostly just to see how much snow was still out there as I was planing a hiking trip the next weekend. I also wanted to do some fishing, and planned too stop by Buller Pond to see if it had been stocked with trout yet. It was probably a good thing I went, because as it turned out the planned hiking trail was closed to prevent trail erosion during the spring run-off. I stopped at the pond, but couldn’t see any fish (it’s really shallow and clear so […]

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Tofino #10 – Banff

We were still a bit excited after seeing the bear near Golden. So we thought we’d take a detour and stop at Moraine Lake by Lake Louise (I’ve been trying to get there for three years now). Unfortunately, like usual the road to the lake was still closed. Feeling unsatisfied we decided to take the slow route back to Banff down the Bow Valley Parkway.  We stopped at all the usual scenic spots to take photos. The light was a bit contrasty (hence the HDRs), but it had turned into a nice day, and it was good to get out of the […]

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Tofino #9 – Golden Bear

The drive home was for the most part uneventful, we got into Kelowna late, and didn’t have time for anything but a bite to eat and a much needed soak in the hot tub (and it was Monday night of a long weekend so there wasn’t much to do anyway). The next morning we took our time and got up nice and slow and off to a late start (for the first time of the entire trip). We stopped in Golden for lunch, where we happened to run into a couple of friends who had been out by Kamloops for […]

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Tofino #8 – The Rest.

By the time we were done fishing the weather was pretty wet, and we were both exhausted. But we did want to try and get a few more pictures in. So we head out of town, eventually ending up at Long Beach (I wanted to go look for birds at the mud flats, but we never found access). After walking around the beach for 5 minutes in the pouring rain we finally gave up and called it a day. The weather never really cleared up, and we were up early the next morning to make the mountainous drive across the […]

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Tofino #7 – Fishing

One of the main reasons that we chose to go to Tofino was because we wanted to do some ocean fishing. We had booked a 6 hour half day charter through Tofino Fish Guides, (http://www.tofinofishguides.com/) to take us out on our second morning. The guide was great, with a really nice boat, and as an added surprise he dropped off a crab trap on the way out, and by the time we headed back to town we were able to pull out a couple of Dungeness Crabs. The morning was cold and cloudy, with nice calm water to start out, but […]

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Tofino #6 – Tidal Pools

After spending all morning on the water, we picked up lunch at a great little fish shack next door to the whale centre. If you’re ever in Tofino you need to stop in and try the fish tacos, and clam chowder, it was by far the best I’ve ever had. After relaxing for a bit, we headed to the beach at low tide to do some exploring along the beach and rocky outcroppings.  

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Tofino #5 – Whales

After returning from bear watching, we only had about a half hour for a quick breakfast before we were back out on the dock climbing aboard a different larger boat to do some whale watching. As with the bear watching tour we had booked in advance with the Whale Centre (http://www.tofinowhalecentre.com/). But unlike the previous trip this one was booked full with at least a dozen people. And completely lacking the intimacy  of the first one, it had the real feel of a tourist trap (which I fully admit it is). After a long fast run out into the open […]

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Tofino #4 – Bears!

The highlight of the entire trip was without a doubt the bear watching tour that we took on our first morning in Tofino. After (trying to get) a few hours sleep, we were up early the next morning and walked a couple of blocks to the Whale Centre, (http://www.tofinowhalecentre.com/) a fantastic outfit that we booked both our whale watching and bear watching tours through. After suiting up in  big read survival suits we headed down to the docks on  to the boat and out into the water. The idea of the bear watching tour is to head up river (or […]

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Tofino #3 – Rainforest & Steller’s Jay

The hundred or so kilometres on the Pacific Rim Highway, (#4) from Port Alberni to the west coast of Vancouver Island and the Pacific Rim National Park is slow and winding, and immensely beautiful. Unfortunately we had gotten a late start, and the drive between Victoria, and Nanimo was a lot longer and slower than we had expected. So we were in a hurry to get to our destination, and didn’t take the time to enjoy it as much as we could have (I’m sure given the time, I could easily spend a day or two taking photos and exploring this stretch of […]

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