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5 Ways to See Summer Sights in the Rockies

June 4, 2016
By Afton Aikens & Jack Wennot

Summer in the Canadian Rockies is truly majestic; visit and you’ll be hooked. Mountain air seems fresher and colours more vivid during this time of year. Here are some of our favourite ways to take it all in.

Healy Pass, Banff National Park

Healy Pass, Banff National Park

Hike Through Wildflower Meadows
Thanks to the Sunshine Meadows shuttle, hikers access alpine meadows ablaze with wildflowers with their first steps. I love the 7-km loop to Rock Isle, Larix and Grizzly lakes.

More ambitious is the 18-km (return) trek to Healy Pass. You can start at Sunshine Meadows, but I began at the Sunshine parking lot. Up top, the abundant red, purple, yellow and white flowers are matched only by the view of Scarab Lake and Scarab Falls tumbling into Egypt Lake.

In Kananaskis, the 4.5-km Ptarmigan Cirque loop rises to a carpet of wildflowers in late July. Watch for sheep in the meadow. (more…)

The 7 Best Canyon Hikes of the Canadian Rockies

Article and photography by Graeme Pole

In the Rockies, the roar of rushing water is the sound of a canyon ‘growing’. Canyon hikes are great for rainy days not suited to exposed treeline forays, and for shady days when features in the depths are easier to see. Bridges over chasms allow appreciation of nature’s handiwork from different angles—including directly above.

So, how does a canyon ‘grow’? Although the Rockies appear formidable, their relatively weak limestone can be eaten away by rainwater and snowmelt. After the last ice age, surging water from icefields and valley glaciers transformed stream courses into the canyons that we see today.

Almost every side valley in the Rockies contains a canyon. Here, our slide show of some of the most exceptional walks in the region. Start the slide show »

Editor’s Note: Graeme Pole is author of
Walks and Easy Hikes in the Canadian Rockies.