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Reintroducing Bison to Banff: A Timeline

It has been 140 years since bison roamed free in Banff National Park. But, this month, all that has changed as a small herd of Plains bison was translocated from Elk Island National Park to Banff. With the help of Bison Belong, an organization dedicated to the animal’s reintroduction, we put together a timeline to put this recent success into context. [...]

Banff Yoga Festival

The second annual Banff Yoga Festival returns this May. Bringing together exceptional teachers of yoga, meditation and mindfulness from Banff and beyond, together we will create a conscious connection to yoga, culture and adventure in the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. [...]

ROCKIES 2.0 Recap: Magazine Launch + Shred Kelly

Why wreck a good thing?! You shouldn't, which is why we brought Shred Kelly back for another year! On April 30, 2017, Crowfoot Media gathered with friends, contributors, partners, advertisers and local movers and shakers for Rockies 2.0 to launch the latest volume of the Canadian Rockies Annual. About 350 people gathered at Park Distillery for a night of catching up with friends, tearing up the dance floor with Shred Kelly and getting their hands on a copy of the Canadian Rockies Annual, hot off the press. Thanks to everyone who joined us for this incredible night! Here's a photo recap thanks to Tyler Parker Photography. [...]

Living with Lyme Disease: A Photo Series by Joanne Liu

For four years, Joanne Liu has lived with Lyme Disease after contracting it from a tick in Kananaskis Country. Among many changes, the infection has brought about unforeseeable consequences, including an estrangement from the mountain community she was so much a part of, especially as a climber. Here she describes the inspiration behind a photo series, what she's learned living with the disease, and her best tips for avoiding it in the first place. [...]

A Glimpse of the Past: 12 Historic Photos of the Canadian Rockies

Have you ever wondered what it was like to walk the streets of Banff Avenue with the original establishments and shops? Or how modern ski events compare to those from fifty years ago? This winter we teamed up with the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies to discover just that in our #RockiesThrowback series: the settings, people, and events that made up Canadian Rockies mountain culture of long-gone eras and shaped our culture into what it is today. [...]

Letter From the Editor, Canadian Rockies Annual (Vol. 2)

I recently came across a photograph taken by Byron Harmon in 1920 of a ski jump built on the lower flanks of Tunnel Mountain. In it, a skier is flying midair above a landing slope – a residential street lined by spectators. As I looked more closely at the image, it dawned on me that the building on that street is none other than Mary Schäffer’s historic home. Opposite that home the photograph shows a vacant lot, where today stands another home: the one I live in. [...]

First Bison Calves Born in Banff in Over 140 Years

After a successful translocation of bison from Elk Island National Park to Banff National Park in February 2017, the first calf was born on what is perhaps the most fitting of days – Earth Day. It is the first time bison calves have been born in the national park in over 140 years. [...]

10 Rockies Causes You Should Care About

From groomed trails to community gardens, bolted routes to hiking boots, there are plenty of ways to get involved with your local mountain town. Volunteering allows us to give back, and grow roots in our communities. Tera Swanson rounds up ten causes that have done a fine job of laying the groundwork. [...]

2017 Plaid Goat Mountain Bike Fest

Plaid Goat Mountain Bike Fest is a three-day festival with a buffet of 'for fun' activities. Celebrate mountain bike culture, Canadian Rockies style! In support of MTB associations across the region. [...]

The Unsquare Cellar: Banff’s Hangout for Hippies

In Volume 2 of the Canadian Rockies Annual, we flash back over forty years to explore a decade of change and innovation in our largest feature article, Rockies Life in the '70s. In this companion web piece, historian Ben Bradley uncovers the story of the Unsquare Cellar and how it came to be closely associated with Banff’s burgeoning counterculture. [...]

The Tentless Transients: The History of Echo Creek

In June 1970, Parks Canada established the Echo Creek campground as an experimental response to the thousands of “tentless transients” expected to pass through Banff that summer. In this companion web piece to Rockies Life in the '70s, featured in Volume 2 of the Canadian Rockies Annual, Ben Bradley explores the rise and fall of the short-lived, long-haired crowd at Echo Creek. [...]

Free Camping Resources for Alberta and B.C.

For avid campers and newbies alike, the costs of pitching a tent can add up. Thankfully, there are nearly 1,300 free recreation sites across B.C. and several in Alberta’s Rockies waiting for you to set up camp. Here are the best resources we could find – in print and on the web. [...]

Revive Rogers: Finding Solutions for Glacier National Park

Rogers Pass is a mecca for backcountry skiers, splitboarders, hikers and mountaineers. Yet with the closure of Glacier Park Lodge, the future of lodging development in that area is uncertain. Enter: Revive Rogers, a community-based initiative working to ensure the restoration of lodging at Rogers Pass. [...]

Mountain Lodge Spotlight: Winter at Emerald Lake Lodge

Luxury in wilderness comes a bit off the beaten track for many getaway lodges in the Canadian Rockies. But, Emerald Lake Lodge maintains a semblance of isolation and the elegance of simplicity, despite being just a short drive away from the nearest village. The historic Swiss-inspired lodge is just as inviting as the peaks seen from its windows, beckoning visitors to explore and enjoy the splendour of Yoho National Park. [...]

Review – Crocodiles and Ice: A Journey Into Deep Wild

In Crocodiles and Ice, acclaimed adventure writer Jon Turk ventures deep into the wilderness of Ellesmere Island and recounts memories of journeys past. Far beyond the adventure tales, however, the author endeavours to speak to the reader's heart and mind. One reviewer grapples with her own connection to Nature, to the author himself, and his quest for a more peaceful, sustainable planet. [...]

Andrew Hardingham Has an Important Announcement

After two sold-out Winterstoke events, something is about to change about our third annual pre-season stoke fest. Andrew Hardingham brings you the details on what's going down. Watch the video and comment for your chance to win two passes to next year's event and a $100 gift card to Unlimited Skate & Snow! [...]

From the Archives: Inspiring Mountain Women

Need a bit of a push to keep you moving during the winter season? We’ve rounded up some of the most inspirational stories our site has seen, and they happen to have one thing in common: they feature strong female protagonists who embody mountain culture all year round. [...]

Top 10 of 2016: Our Most-Read Articles of the Year

At Crowfoot Media we’re all about getting mountain culture elevated and sharing that passion with other mountain lovers. From wilderness stories to people profiles, the latest in science and stunning photography, we pump out fresh, web-exclusive content on a monthly basis that you won't find anywhere else. Thanks to a wide range of talented and inspiring contributors, here are the articles that elevated people the most this year. [...]

Wild Life Distillery: Q + A with Matt Widmer

Good things come out of the Bow Valley, and this new craft distillery is just the latest. Bringing together local grain, local water, and local people, Wild Life Distillery offers authentic Rockies spirits made in small batches 100% on-site. We talked to co-owner Matt Widmer about the ins and outs of the distillery industry, and what to expect when they open their doors. [...]

Review – Earth and Sky: Photographs and Stories from Montana and Alberta

Stephen Legault’s Earth and Sky spans 200 pages of stunning images of the Alberta and Montana foothills, paired with captivating narratives of lives that have interacted and developed meaning with these lands over centuries. A conservation activist, writer, and photographer, Legault provides a distinct perspective on the geology and history along the Rocky Mountain front – through national parks, iconic destinations, and everywhere in between. [...]

Packing With the Pros: Ski Touring (Eric Hjorleifson)

As backcountry touring rises in popularity, the sport's gear is proliferating left, right and centre. So, how do you choose the best gear? What's been tried, tested and true? We turn to pro freeskier, Eric Hjorleifson, for his rundown on what he puts into his pack for a day out ski touring. Here are his favs (and some sweet hacks, too!). [...]

Mountain Lodge Spotlight: Mount Engadine Lodge

Mount Engadine Lodge is all about its prime location, nestled at the base of Mt. Engadine, on the edges of a meadow that stretches towards the striking peaks of Mts. Birdwood and Commonwealth. Located just 1 hour from Canmore down Smith Dorrien Trail, this mountain getaway offers seclusion amidst beautiful scenery, with all the modern amenities that make a stay comfortable. [...]