Fishing – Bow River at Deerfoot Trail

It seems like every year come the end of February or early March I get the fishing bug, and suddenly can’t wait to get out on the river. Which is a shame because it’s usually a few months before the weather and the river conditions make it worthwhile. Starting out at Carburn Park I headed south along the bank all the way down to where Deerfoot Trail crosses over the river. It’s a bit of a hike, and I had only been that way a couple of times before, but had seen both Pileated Woodpeckers and a porcupine in the past so […]

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Autumn at Elbow Lake

Another beautiful day at Elbow Lake… A bit of a hike, a couple of fish. What more can I ask for… I’ll spare you the details as I’ve covered Elbow Lake a few times already…   [map style=”width: auto; height:400px; margin:20px 0px 20px 0px; border: 1px solid black;” z=”1″ gpx=”http://photoboom.ca/wp/wp-content/uploads/Elbow Lake 91113.gpx”]   .

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Pika at Rawson Lake

Rawson Lake  8 Kilometres Return 280 Metre Elevation Gain After my first trip to Rawson Lake back in 2011 (read my previous my more detailed post about the hike here.. http://photoboom.ca/wp/?p=3129), I’ve been wanting to go back for a number of reasons. The first of which was for the pikas. There is a huge talus field running along the south side the lake, and on my previous trip I could hear the high pitched whistles of the small rodents all over the mountain side. Although I know of a couple other places were pikas can be found (there’s a small colony on the […]

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Osprey Nest

There is an Osprey nesting platform just off to the side of Highway #22… or The Marquis De Lorne Trail… or Stoney Trail…. I think it’s now being called… Anyway… it’s right near the overpass were the highway crosses over Macleod Trail on the south end of Calgary. I’ve been driving past the platform for the past few seasons, but never got around to stopping mostly because I wasn’t sure where to access it from. Turns out there is actually a small gravel road that runs right under the nest. After realizing this, and seeing the Osprey return to the […]

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Kananaskis

I took an afternoon drive out to the Highway 40 side of Kananaskis Country, taking a bit of a scenic route through the farmland west of the city. My goal had been to do some fishing at Buller pond (hoping to repeat the success I had there one night last summer). But it didn’t take long for me to realize that it hadn’t yet been stocked, and it was very unlikely that there were any fish in it (and the weather was kind of awful). On the way back I had a run-in  with a couple of moose and was able to […]

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Porcupine

I wanted to try some fishing down on the Bow River south of Carburn Park near Douglasdale and the Deerfoot Bridge. It was a beautiful day to be out on the river, and although the fish weren’t biting at all I had a run-in with a porcupine on the way back, although the light was pretty much gone I was able to get a few shots in, and get close enough to use my flash.

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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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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 #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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Random Photos

Photos from an afternoon of fishing at Carburn Park, and a very unproductive drive I took through the country out by Priddis.    

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Fishing – McKinnon Flats

I wanted to do some fishing before the spring run-off started so I headed out to McKinnon Flats. There was a bit of a wind, so I figured I’d use my spin rod. But when I got down to the river it soon became apearent that the wind was the least of my problems. While it had been warm lately and all the snow was pretty much gone, the ice on the riverbanks was a whole other story. As much as five feet thick in places, it made it almost impossible to even get to the rivers edge without risking falling through […]

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Rawson Lake & Sarrail Ridgeline

Rawson Lake  7 Kilometres Return 280 Metre Elevation Gain I decided to get up early onmy day off and head out to the mountains at sunrise to take some pictures. As I like to do, I headed to Canmore and up onto Spray Lakes Trail (aka. Smith-Dorrien Trail), making all the usual stops along the way. The weather and the light weren’t cooperating, and there wasn’t a single animal to be seen. I soon found myself at Kananaskis Lakes feeling rather defeated with nothing worthwhile on my camera. So on a whim I parked the car, packed up my gear and hit […]

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Tombstone Lakes

If you follow this blog at all you know that I’ve tried on more than one occasion to make it up to Tombstone Lakes (the last time getting within 250 metres of the upper lake before turning back… http://photoboom.ca/wp/?paged=2). So on this occasion we were determined to make it to the lakes no matter what the conditions.  The trail starts out at the parking lot marked Elbow Lake, about 65km south on Highway #40 from the junction with Highway #1, or a few kilometres north of the Highwood Pass if you’re coming up from the south (this section of the highway is closed […]

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Lillian Lake

The hike to Lillian Lake is said to be one of the most popular and busiest trails in Kananaskis Country. It is one that I had been trying to do for a while. I even planned a trip with a few friends out there earlier in the year, but when we got to the trail-head we found out that it is closed ever year in the springtime to prevent trail erosion during the spring run-off (I think it opens sometime around the beginning of July). That trip ended up taking us to the point at Upper Kananaskis Lake  http://photoboom.ca/wp/?p=2488 The trail-head starts […]

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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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Early morning fishing

I wanted to do some fishing, so I headed out early and made my way up Spray Lakes Trail to Buller Pond. Unfortunately the pond which had been so productive the last time I was there was totally fished out, and I spent more time chasing a frog around than I did fishing.      

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Elbow Lake – Peter Lougheed Provincial Park

Elbow Lake is my favourite place in Kananaskis Country, of course it’s just about as far from Calgary as you can go in the park. About 5km North of the Highwood Pass (the highest paved road in Canada) on Highway #40 its almost exactly at the halfway point of the Highwood Loop. The trail-head is only accessible from mid June to December, as the Highway is closed in winter to accommodate animal migration. The Hike to the lake is a short 1.4 kilometres, but is pretty much straight up, with an elevation gain of 125 metres. I’m not sure if […]

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The Point Campground at Upper Kananaskis Lake

This Hike starts out at the north parking lot at Upper Kananaskis lake, (the one by the interlakes area), and crosses over the outflow pipe that goes straight down into the lower lake. It then follows along the north shore of the lake, to the campground on the Northwest corner. Although I’ve done this hike to the campground a couple of times when I was younger (I canoed in once as well), this was the first time I’ve done it as a day hike without camping gear. It was a lot shorter and easier than I remembered, and made for […]

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Buller Pond

Fish Pond on the side of Spray Lakes Trail somewhere near the trail-head to Buller Pass, I don’t actually think it has a name, but Buller Pond seems like a good one to me and from looking online I’m not the first one to call it that. I Had an amazing evening fly fishing on this little pond, catching more fish than I could keep track of. I think my record for the night was six casts in a row with a fish on the end. Although I most of them got off the hook before I could land them, […]

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Sibbald Meadows Pond

(June 04/11) I spent a fun afternoon fishing with my nephew at Sibbald Meadows Pond last June. The only one who had any luck was the Osprey.                                                                            

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