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Bernie Schiesser: Master of the Hills

Bernie Schiesser calls it fate, but the cast of characters in his bio reads like a who's who of Rockies history. Over the course of his long life, Schiesser's positive energy and remarkable contributions to many aspects of mountain life have firmly established him on that same roster. Here's the story behind the man – the pioneer, guide, and backcountry host, who will forever have a legacy in the Canadian Rockies.  [...]

From Mining to Skiing: The Mountain Industry Journey

Many ski towns once started with an entirely different industry in mind: mining. Abby Cooper clips in to explore the relics of the mines in Fernie and Kimberley, B.C., linking turns as much as linking together the stories of a bygone era. [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

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.  [...]

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. [...]

Perseids Meteor Shower Stargazing at 7,700 Feet

Bundle up the kids and step aboard the Golden Eagle Express for an unprecedented night adventure at the top of the mountain for an intimate viewing of the Perseid Meteor Shower. Astronomer Doug Thorp, from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, will host an interpretive tour under the twinkling canvas of the night sky, to discover the wonder of the cosmos: stars, planets, globular clusters, nebulae, and galaxies! [...]

6 Day Hikes in Fernie, BC

Fernie isn’t on the tourist trail to the extent of Banff or Jasper, but for those who venture to this small mountain town nestled in the Elk Valley, the rewards are worthwhile. With jaw-dropping landscapes, alpine meadows and imposing mountains, Fernie has an abundance of world-class day hikes you don't want to miss. [...]

Trip Report: Lake O’Hara Region, Yoho National Park

With its turquoise waters, towering peaks, hanging valleys and larch forests, Lake O’Hara is beloved by all those who know it. The near-mythic beauty of this pocket of Yoho National Park will bring you to your knees. If that's not enough to make you plan a trip, you should know that Parks Canada has restricted access to a handful of busloads each day. Plan ahead and you'll be among the eager beavers enjoying one of the most beautiful and crowd-free spots in the Canadian Rockies. [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

Trailer: Patagonia Presents “Jumbo Wild”

Patagonia presents Jumbo Wild – a gripping, hour-long documentary film by Sweetgrass Productions that tells the true story of the decades-long battle over the future of British Columbia’s iconic Jumbo Valley and highlights the tension between the protection of wilderness and the backcountry experience and ever-increasing development interests in wild places. [...]

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 Missed at the Golden Mountain Festival

Traditionally, the May long weekend is occupied with RV christening, unpredictable weather and the chance to finally shed those plaid-on-plaid layers you were styling all winter long. As a tribute to the adventures that surround it, Golden, BC, celebrated the kick-off to summer with something a little more unique. [...]