By SILVIA PIKAL
Nose Hill Park. (Photo courtesy of the City of Calgary)
With golden leaves, cooling temperatures and quieter trails, the autumn shoulder season is the perfect time to explore trails in a beautiful park in Calgary. These natural trails range from challenging hillier terrain to hikes suitable for all abilities. Experience stunning city and mountain vistas and see abundant wildlife without ever leaving town. (more…)
Today is the last day of summer, but the smell of pumpkin spice has been creeping into the Canadian Rockies for at least a week as the temperatures have been steadily dropping. As sad as we are to bid another summer farewell, we are equally excited to usher in a colourful fall filled with new adventures and hiking. If you are visiting the Canadian Rockies for the first time, you are in for a treat: it’s larch season! Because we want you to make the most of your visit, we’ve turned to expert hiker, Marie-Eve Bilodeau (the Mini Mule), to give us some of the best larch hikes in the Canadian Rockies.
If you are in the Lake Louise area, Marie-Eve recommends Larch Valley, the Tea House at Lake Louise, and Saddleback-Fairview Mountain. Should your visit have you in and around Banff, try exploring Taylor Lake or Healy Pass. Finally, if you are on your way to the Rockies from Calgary, consider stopping at Chester Lake/Chester Creek for a mid-drive hike.
We recommend that you visit Marie-Eve’s website for information on the hikes (and to get some ideas for other fantastic hikes in the Rockies).
Some the of scenery on the way to Chester Lake.
Photo Credit: Marie-Eve Bilodeau
For trail conditions, closures, and warnings, visit:
Kananaskis Trail Reports
Banff National Park Trail Report
Jasper National Park Trail Report
Yoho National Park Trail Report
Kootney National Park Trail Report