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8 Reasons Not to Miss the 30th Jasper in January Festival

This annual celebration takes the best things about the season — skiing, fat biking, dog sledding, skating, comfort food, etc. — and mixes in a healthy dose of community cheer to create one of the most highly anticipated parties of the year. [...]

Your Guide to the Cowboy Trail

In Volume 3 of the Canadian Rockies Annual, we featured the Cowboy Trail as a Side Trip in The Kit: Resources for Mountain Living. Here are stops you won’t want to miss, from towns to ranches to horseback tours. [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

Three Things I’ve Learned: Chic Scott

Few people have spent as much time in the mountains, and know them as intimately as Chic Scott. As a historian, writer, and ski pioneer in the Rockies, Chic has gained extensive knowledge and wisdom about the mountains he calls home. In the latest installment of "Three Things I've Learned," Joanna Croston profiles Chic's contributions and taps into the wisdom of this Rockies legend. [...]

5 Ways to Experience Jasper Like a Local

Jasper National Park is vast and its attractions plentiful, with travellers across the globe visiting year-round to appreciate. With so much to take in, a little insider know-how can be the perfect touch in making the most of your visit. Jasper Tourism gives us their top tips in hitting all the stops along the way, and fully appreciating each one. [...]

Life Lessons in Ski Touring: A Day with “Bucky”

When you have an opportunity to join mountain man Jim Buckingham in the outdoors (or anywhere), you take it. Writer Nathan Jones spends a day on skis with the Banff legend, and comes away with some great turns – and wisdom to go with them. Turns out, the only way to have the good days is to get out every day... [...]

Hut Etiquette: 10 Things That’ll Get You the Stink Eye

The Alpine Club of Canada's A.O. Wheeler Hut. Photo by Paul Zizka Photography.
Ten years ago I was a total mountain newbie. The 'hut life' was the ultimate dream, and one I probably trampled through without knowing it. Here's why: the quintessential hut experience - the kind of backcountry trip we all idealize - depends on a mostly unspoken etiquette in order to retain its sacredness among outdoor enthusiasts. Call these my own hard-learned lessons or (now) pet-peeves, here are ten sure-fire ways to break the code and attract some serious stink eye. [...]

Banff in Black and White: Q&A with Photographer Jamieson Caskenette

Like many people, photographer Jamieson Caskenette spent a season in the Rockies and was eventually lured back to put down his roots in the mountains. In this Q&A, we find out how he got started in photography, where he likes to get off the beaten path, and what he thinks black and white images convey about such a dramatic landscape. [...]

12 Remarkable Canadian Rockies Photographs by Paul Zizka

The Canadian Rockies are among the most photographed mountains in the world, and for good reason. But some photographers go the extra mile to capture them in new ways, whether it's from up high, at night or by visiting rarely explored locations. Crowfoot Media's Photo Editor, Paul Zizka, is a Banff-based photographer who has produced a vast collection of cutting-edge work from the Canadian Rockies. Here are some of his best. [...]

Alberta’s New Park: 4 Reasons to Love the Castle Wilderness

Forty years of campaigning by conservationists culminated to a momentous announcement by the NDP this month: the protection of the Castle region on the eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies. Sarah Elmeligi tells us about the Castle's cultural, ecological, and economic significance - and why we should fall in love with Alberta's newest park. [...]

What You Need to Know About Lyme Disease

A 2013 Alberta Health study revealed 20 per cent of black-legged ticks sampled in Alberta carried the Lyme-causing Borrellia bacteria. Yet, diagnosis and treatment of the disease continue to be mired in uncertainty, leading to significant discord among many Lyme disease advocates and medical professionals. Sean McIntyre reports on prevention of the disease, and where to turn in the case of a suspicious tick bite. [...]

8 Larch Hikes in the Canadian Rockies

Larch trees have risen to celebrity status here in the Canadian Rockies, and there's little wonder why. These coniferous trees shed their needles, but before tucking in for the winter, they turn so vibrantly yellow that they light up the landscape. If you're keen to trek amongst the fall's golden glow, branch out with this select list of larch hikes in the Canadian Rockies. [...]