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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. [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

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.  [...]

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. [...]

Responsible Recreation: 5 Ways to Reduce Your Impact

The question has been coined: Are we loving our wilderness to death? As our mountain parks become busier – and humans need the calm of wilderness more than ever – Kyle Dow makes a case for responsible recreation and provides five ways you can keep nature as pristine as possible. [...]

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!). [...]

Op-Ed: Why Dogs Belong On a Leash Outdoors

There are a few schools of thought when it comes to whether or not a dog should be free to roam in the mountains. Some think, "isn’t a dog happier, less threatening and more fun when it is off-leash?" Canmore-based biologist Sarah Elmeligi says it doesn't matter how happy it makes your four-legged friend (or you); dog owners have a responsibility to follow the rules for a reason. Here she presents her case, backed by science, for putting your dog on a leash. [...]

Lake Louise: 3 Ways to Enjoy a Ski Resort in Summer + Fall

Ski resorts are more than just sliding on snow these days, and Lake Louise has a great set-up for sightseeing, grizzly bear viewing and accessible outdoors activities. Here are three insider tips on some hidden gem activities you'll find in Lake Louise during the off-season. [...]

Packing With the Pros: Day Hiking (Eric Dumerac)

Many hikers won't think too much about what goes in their pack until something goes wrong on their adventure. Whether it's a First Aid incident or an unexpected night out, your day pack should be fully loaded with items you'll need if your day takes a turn for the worst (or to prevent that from happening in the first place). We called on IFMGA/ACMG Mountain Guide, Eric Dumerac, to show us how he packs his kit. [...]

Jasper: 6 Awesome Summer Adventure Ideas

What does adventure mean to you? Whether you like to go with the flow, seek a thrill or look to maximize your experiences, one of the best things about adventure is that there is no such thing as “one-size-fits-all.” No matter where you fall on that spectrum, Jasper has got you well covered. As an epicentre of endless activities, it can be hard to sort out where to get started, so we’ve planned out a few simple itineraries to best suit your style (but feel free to pick and choose from the bunch!) [...]

Trip Report: Skoki Region, Banff National Park

If you’ve ever been to Lake Louise Ski Resort, you may have wondered what lies out of sight just beyond the slopes. Whatever you’re picturing, it’s all that and more. The Skoki Region offers some of Banff's premier multi-day hiking, backpacking and camping experiences. [...]

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. [...]

Scrambling Safely: Q+A with a Public Safety Specialist

Not quite hiking, not quite climbing: scrambling, as we call it, is a phenomenal way to reach summits and gain those lofty views. But while scaling certain peaks may not require ropes and harnesses, scrambling takes you into inherently dangerous terrain where a mistake could have enormous consequences. Crowfoot Media's Editor-in-Chief checks in with Paddy Jerome (Public Safety Specialist with Alberta Environment and Parks - Kananaskis Region) for his best scrambling safety advice. [...]

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. [...]

Recipe: Cranberry Coconut Granola Bars

Search for "granola bars" on the Internet, and you'll get about 2.6 million results. Finding a good recipe is like bushwhacking your way through a thick forest, so we've done your homework for you with these easy-to-make granola bars that are full of truly healthy ingredients. Stick to the recipe as is or get creative and throw in some of your favourite seeds, nuts and dried fruit. [...]

Review: Kelty Trail Logic TN3 Tent

I'm a sucker for smart gear and, in particular, innovative tent technology. I have never tried any products from Kelty - one of the most established brands in the industry. But when I came across the three-season Trail Logic TN3 ($299.95) with a Stargazing Fly™, I had to give it a try. The easy setup and smaller packing size made this my go-to on backpacking trips this summer. Read on for more great features! [...]