Emperor Falls Campground – Berg Lake Trail, Mount Robson Provincial Park

Emperor Falls campground Distance One Way – 16 km Whole Trip Distance Return – 46 km Elevation Gain – 1028 metres Mount Robson and the Berg Lake Trail is said to be one of the top backpacking trips in the country. Which in turn means that it also see more visitors than most other trails in the Canadian Rockies. It starts out a nice easy walk through temperate rainforest along the shore of a lake and then a easy climb takes you up into the Valley of a Thousand Falls, where we stopped for lunch. We had set a painfully slow pace […]

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Fairmont – British Columbia

I got a really good deal on a week long stay at a place by the Fairmont Hotsprings and headed out for some R&R. I spent the whole day driving out, through Kananaskis and Banff and Kootenay National Parks, stopping first at Gap lake to watch a variety of small songbirds. The weather was beautiful and I had great time exploring the shorelines at various points along the Bow and Kootenay rivers. Once I got to Fairmont the weather turned rainy and overcast for the next few days, and I spent a lot of time relaxing around the hotel. That’s not to […]

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Banff & Yoho National Park

I hadn’t really planned it, but after contemplating spending the weekend doing chores and cleaning the house I decided a weekend in the mountains was a far more appealing prospect. So I grabbed my gear packed a bag and headed west. My first stop was Bow Valley Provincial Park where I discovered an incredible view of Mount Yamnuska and sat basking in the sun on the shores of the Bow River for a long while, wishing that I had brought my fishing rod along and making a mental note to come back and try my luck on the river someday. It […]

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Weekend at Mount Robson River Lodge

Overlander Falls – Mount Robson Provincial Park Distance – 6 km Height Gain – 70 m After our hike at Wilcox Pass we continued on our way up to the town of Jasper and then turned west on to the Yellowhead highway making the obligatory stop at the Mount Robson Visitor Centre for some photos and were lucky enough to find the mountain in plain view and not shrouded in clouds (as is the usual case). Continuing on west for a few kilometres we made it to the Mount Robson lodge where we had a cabin booked for the weekend. The […]

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Cranbrook, B.C.

We decided to take a weekend trip down to Cranbrook in British Columbia and although I’m not really sure why we decided to go there it seemed like a good idea at the time. I think the original destination was Kimberly, but when we got into town it was basically empty, so we decided to continue on to Cranbrook. The weekend turned out to be pretty uneventful and we didn’t end up doing a whole lot other than getting lost on some crappy forestry roads, and a really short hike that was supposed to go to a waterfall, but since the trail […]

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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 #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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Tofino #2 – Cathedral Grove

After breakfast at a busy little diner in downtown Victoria with my cousin and a couple of her friends we headed north up the east coast of the island to Nanimo. This portion of the drive was pretty painful, although nice fast roads in spots, it passes through a bunch of towns full of stop lights, and traffic, and it seemed to take forever. When we finally passed Nanimo and turned west to head across Island, it was a real relief to leave most of the traffic behind. I had some concerns about this section of the drive, because everyone I […]

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Tofino #1 – Victoria

A friend and I decided to go out to Tofino to do some fishing, and Whale watching. We left Calgary around sunrise and had a pretty easy and uneventful drive through Kamloops to Vancouver, making good really good time and reaching the ferry terminal a couple hours ahead of schedule. After spending all day in the car and on the ferry we met up with a friend on the way into  Victoria and headed downtown to have a look around. After a bit of a rain storm, the weather had cleared up nicely, and we ended up going for a bit […]

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Camping Loon Lake B.C.

This was the third time I’ve been camping at Loon Lake. Just north of the US border and west of Fernie B.C., it’s one of the nicest lakes I’ve camped at. One of the things I really like about the lake, is that the area is a little warmer and drier and quite different than where I usually camp. The most noticeable thing is that there are turtles and crayfish in the water, as well as wild blueberries growing on the shoreline, and as the name suggests, a healthy population of Common Loons. On this trip the weather was nice and hot, and the […]

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