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Excerpt: Leading the Way

It’s the ultimate question for many women, yet not all spend their working hours hanging off mountains and helicopter slings. How does motherhood fit in the picture for a mountain guide? [...]

Banff’s Backyard Cabins

Here we explore how Banff dealt with a housing crisis nearly a century ago, and how solutions of the past may also be suitable for the present. [...]

Excerpt: Extinction Triage

Caribou numbers are dwindling in the mountain parks, despite millions of dollars being allocated to save them. Should we be giving up on one species for the sake of another? [...]

Featured Photographer: Q+A with Wayne Simpson

Only a few photographers have been published in all three volumes of the Canadian Rockies Annual published to date. Wayne Simpson is one of them. A master of light, drama and unique perspectives, his images are often described as surreal or otherworldly. [...]

Excerpt: The Language of Fire

Wildfires play an important role in the landscape. But when they burn out of control, professionals dive in to manage them. Fire expert Gregg Walker explains what is really going on amidst the flames. [...]

Excerpt: Go Big and Go Home

Six experts give their best advice on taking mountain sports to the next level. Here’s how to up the ante – and stay safe doing it. [...]

Three Things I’ve Learned: Dorothy Carleton

Mountains make the greatest teachers and provide us with countless opportunities to contemplate, question and learn. At the ripe age of 97, Dorothy Carleton recounts some of her life’s greatest lessons. [...]

Excerpt: Into the Depths

The terror, luck and tragedy of crevasse falls. "I was then lowered into the gaping hole. On one side the ice fell sheer, on the other it was rather undercut, but again bulged outwards about eighteen feet below the surface, making the crevasse at that point not much more than two feet wide...." [...]

Excerpt: Ghost Town of the Canadian Rockies

Situated in the Bow Valley under the watch of Castle Mountain, Silver City was once a thriving mining town that started – and ended – as one of the region’s largest scandals of the time. [...]

Event Recap: To the Ends of the Earth

On May 21, 2017, 135 people ducked into the cool, dark space of the Heritage Gallery at the Whyte Museum for a memorable night of stories and images with Banff-based photographer, Paul Zizka. Here's a photo recap, thanks to Kahli April Photography.  [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

12 Gift Ideas for the Mountain Enthusiast

Mountain people can be surprisingly easy to shop for. Give them a new piece of gear to unwrap and they'll usually be over the moon. But, if you want to be a bit more unique or deliberate in your gift-giving this holiday season, check out this list of gifts curated specifically for the mountain enthusiast! [...]

Excerpt: Journey to the Centre

I can still remember the first time joy swept over me. I was twenty-eight years old and living in Jasper. My boyfriend had convinced me to buy climbing gear so that we could spend the winter scaling frozen waterfalls along the Icefields Parkway. [...]

Get to Know the Canadian Rockies Annual

In a digital age, where people value the fast pace of information and 'quick fix' content, it may seem crazy we even set out to print a publication in the first place. More than a few times we asked ourselves if the altitude was getting to us. But printing a magazine isn't crazy; it's our way of reclaiming an important medium and introducing a new publishing style to the Canadian Rockies. Here's a bit more "behind the scenes" with the magazine. [...]