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Parker Ridge (in the smoke)

Parker Ridge (in the smoke)

Parker Ridge is one of the many fabulous hikes along the Icefields Parkway between Banff and Jasper National Parks in Canada. This is a great hike for beginners, or anyone that would like to see some magnificent alpine views, without the associated effort that you normally need to hike up to such high elevations. We visited while forest fires were raging all over BC in August 2021. My photos are all pretty smoke-filled, but you can get the idea about…

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Hoodoos Trail – Columbia Valley

Hoodoos Trail – Columbia Valley

The Hoodoos trail is a super easy, family friendly walk near Fairmont Hot Springs in Columbia Valley, Canada. I always love seeing interesting geological formations so as soon as I heard about these, I was keen to visit. We’ve seen the hoodoos in Banff and the Gargoyles near Squamish, but these ones were much grander – they are more of a castle than a fairy spire! I should probably mention that I’d smashed my knee previous evening on our way…

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Dog Lake – Kootenay National Park

Dog Lake – Kootenay National Park

Dog Lake is a pretty lake in Kootenay National Park in the Candian Rockies. It’s only 2.6km hike in each direction, but you get to cross the crazily blue Kootenay River and finish at a perfect picturesque mountain lake. If you like pretty suspension bridges, easy hikes and swimming in a beautiful lake, you’ll probably love this mini adventure. Also, if you are lucky, Dog Lake itself can turn into a giant mirror, reflecting the beautiful Mitchell Range of mountains…

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Stanley Glacier – Kootenay National Park

Stanley Glacier – Kootenay National Park

The Stanley Glacier in Kootenay National Park (Canada) is a stunning area to hike up to. The path has an easy section up into the hanging valley, a moderate section that will take you on a loop with amazing views below the glacier. Then if you are feeling epic (and don’t mind scrambling up beyond the pathway) you can climb right up to the toe of the glacier and touch it. The views are fantastic right from the start of…

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