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Staff Picks: 8 Holiday Gift Ideas for Mountain People

Snow in the forecast means more than backcountry turns and opening days at the ski hills – it's also the signal to start thinking about gifts you'd like to purchase for friends and family this holiday season! In this year's annual gift idea round-up, our staff members handpick their favourite items that'll take you from your campsite to the trail to those (odd) days spent indoors. [...]

Rockies Shred Fest 2017 Recap + See the Films You Missed!

One of Banff's most anticipated events – and sold out for a third straight year – Rockies Shred Fest is an annual pre-season gathering hosted by Crowfoot Media. Emceed by Andrew Hardingham, the event attracted 450 snow sport enthusiasts for a night of local ski and snowboard films, a mountain tradeshow, door prizes and giveaways, and more! Here's what went down, in case you missed it! [...]

Mountain Lodge Spotlight: Shadow Lake Lodge

This is the benefit of the backcountry lodge experience. It is a chance to disconnect and unwind, to venture out on the trail without getting in a vehicle, to be fed and nurtured without lifting a finger, and to relax and read without the distraction of electronics, television or the web. And if one lodge delivers this, and more, it is Shadow Lake Lodge. [...]

What Do Avalanche Professionals Do in the Summer?

When wildflowers take over the once snow-covered mountain slopes, avalanche specialists in the Canadian Rockies are far from done their job of keeping us safe. Come summer, many professionals from Avalanche Canada and Parks Canada are still busy with avalanche work. What are they up to when the snow stops flying? [...]

What’s So Amazing About the Burgess Shale?

High up on the flanks of Fossil Ridge in Yoho National Park lies the Burgess Shale Formation, a bed of rock so significant it has been catapulted to international acclaim. Why? Perfectly preserved amidst those layers of black shale are rare and ancient specimens that give us clues about the history of life – and help us make sense of life as we know it today. [...]

Packing With the Pros: Mountaineering (Lilla Molnar)

Mountaineering requires a fair amount of gear, and between your hard goods and clothing needed for an array of weather, you need to be careful not to leave crucial gear behind. Abby Cooper caught up with ACMG/IFMGA-certified guide, Lilla Molnar, to find out what's in her pack, and her best tips for packing for a day spent high in the alpine.  [...]

Finding Bliss in British Columbia’s Blaeberry Valley

With six national parks and eight provincial parks within just over an hour’s drive, Golden, B.C., has rightfully been dubbed the “Heart of the Parks.” But, what’s even closer than a handful of these famous parks – and equally impressive – is the Blaeberry Valley, less than 20 kilometres from downtown Golden and ripe for untamed adventures. Abby Cooper gives us the inside scoop. [...]

Everything You Need to Know About Jasper’s Dark Sky

As one of the world’s largest dark sky preserves, Jasper National Park is the perfect location to embrace the night – whether you want to sleep under a blanket of stars, stare into the mesmerizing milky way or watch the awe-inspiring aurora. [...]

Best Spots for Paddling in Banff National Park

You can’t get a more Canadian destination than Banff, and you can’t get a more Canadian activity than canoeing. Since we’re celebrating all things Canada this year, we figured there's no better tribute than to pair these two together! Whether the canoe is your chosen mode of water transport, or you’re keen on using a SUP, kayak, rowboat or raft, here’s our guide to some of the best places to paddle. [...]

150 Ways to Enjoy Canada’s Mountain Parks

We asked our readers what their favourite ways were to enjoy the beauty of Canada's Mountain Parks. We received over 500 submissions with answers of all kinds, from summit picnic spots to the best frozen waterfalls to climb. Looking for your next adventure? Scan this list for ideas that come from passionate, outdoorsy people who get out there the most. [...]

Trip Report: The Rockwall, Kootenay National Park

Traversing three alpine passes, lush forests, lunar scree slopes and heavenly wildflower meadows, the 55-kilometre Rockwall Trail in the Kootenay Valley is a Rockies hiking gem. Along the route, hanging glaciers and waterfalls burst out of the Rockwall itself, a 900-metre-high rampart of limestone and dolomite that looms over the trail for much of its length. [...]

A Life Shaped by Mountains

When life strikes a blow that makes you want to run and hide, sometimes all it takes is a good look up to inspire a good look within. Alex Bodogan reflects on the mountains' power to inspire positive change when we stick around to face our demons. [...]

5 Sure-Fire Ways to Elevate Your Backcountry Cooking

We asked our readers, contributors and team at Crowfoot Media for their favourite ways to go gourmet in the backcountry. Turns out, you don’t need to pack in your kitchen or have five-star restaurant cooking experience to turn your meals up a notch. Here are five sure-fire ways to elevate your cooking the next time you set out to sleep under the stars.  [...]

Trip Report: Berg Lake, Mt. Robson Provincial Park

Hike into Berg Lake with the lofty height of Mt. Robson and tumbling glaciers towering above you, and you'll be wondering why you've never been there before. Mt. Robson Provincial Park is a backcountry hiker's paradise, with the biggest, wildest and most diverse terrain the Canadian Rockies have to offer. The hiking here is rigorous, but the rewards are as huge as the mountain that makes the region so famous.  [...]

Mountain Film Release: At What Price

Professional adventure and climbing photographer John Price explores the myth of 'the perfect life' that's so pervasive in social media. Set in the breathtaking Canadian Rockies, this film ponders how to strike the balance as an artist between self-promotion and authenticity. [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]