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trails

100 Years of the Warden Service

Warden Family, courtesy Whyte Museum

Warden Family, courtesy Whyte Museum

In partnership with the Jasper Yellowhead Museum for the 100th anniversary of the Warden Service, Banff’s Whyte Museum hosts A Way of Life, A Legacy to Protect: 100 Years of the Warden Service until November 15th. The exhibit tells the story of a warden’s life back when each headquarters was a simple log cabin from which wardens performed varied duties such as building backcountry cabins, maintaining trails and forestry telephone lines, patrolling campgrounds, caring for animals, controlling mosquitoes and operating ski patrols. The Whyte has added the Warden’s climbing expedition (part of the 1985 centennial of the creation Canada’s national park system), the essential supporting role of Warden’s families, as well as the story of Windy Lodge (No. 3 Warden Patrol Cabin) situated on the Museum’s riverside grounds.

Timely Trails

Angel Glacier and Pond by Andrew Hempstead

Angel Glacier and Pond by Andrew Hempstead

Eager to hike but limited by time? Paula Beauchamp, owner of Walks & Talks, suggests:

Remnants of glaciation can be seen on Path of the Glacier at Mt Edith Cavell. Drive the windy access road and walk the 1.6 km (1 mi) trail to iceberg filled Cavell Pond. Here you stand across from aptly named Angel Glacier. Detour 3.2 km (2 mi) to Cavell Meadows.

Park at 5th Bridge and walk Maligne Canyon upstream to 3rd Bridge to see the most interesting (and less travelled) part of the trail. Medicine Lake waters flow into the canyon through 30 km (19 mi) of subterranean channels. —RM

Cycling to Views

Biking Pyramid Bench courtesy Jasper Tourism

Biking Pyramid Bench courtesy Jasper Tourism

Wendy Hall of Freewheel Cycle suggests Pyramid Trunk Trail for an easy, two-hour ride offering a steady elevation gain, and stunning townsite and Pyramid Mountain views. The 15 km (9 mi) wooded route starts behind the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and ends at Pyramid Lake. Take corners slowly to avoid hikers! —RM