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Rockies Shred Fest

One of Banff’s most anticipated events of the year, Crowfoot Media’s third annual Rockies: Shred Fest takes over Wild Bill’s on October 19, 2017! A sold-out event in its first two years, Shred Fest (formerly Winterstoke Banff) is a pre-season gathering hosted in collaboration with Capow Guiding, featuring the “best of” local ski and snowboard films (showcased on Wild Bill’sgiant screen), a winter tradeshow, prizes, giveaways, and more! [...]

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.  [...]

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. [...]

Andrew Hardingham Has an Important Announcement

After two sold-out Winterstoke events, something is about to change about our third annual pre-season stoke fest. Andrew Hardingham brings you the details on what's going down. Watch the video and comment for your chance to win two passes to next year's event and a $100 gift card to Unlimited Skate & Snow! [...]

Winterstoke 2016 Recap + See the Films You Missed!

A sold-out event two years straight, Winterstoke is an annual pre-season gathering in Banff, Alberta, hosted by Crowfoot Media. Emceed by pro snowboarder/local funnyman Andrew Hardingham, Winterstoke attracts snow sport enthusiasts for a night of beer, the ‘best of’ local ski and snowboard footage, Q&A session with Capow Guiding, prizes and giveaways, and a winter industry trade show. Here’s what went down, in case you missed it! [...]

Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival: 8 Events to Take You Deeper

Each year, thousands of mountain enthusiasts descend on the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity for nine days of epic events at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival. The program is chock-full with inspiring speakers, adrenaline-pumping films, and educational workshops. With such a full schedule, how do you choose what to attend? Here are just eight of many events we think will deepen your festival experience. [...]

Truth and Reconciliation Summit Coming to Banff Centre

On October 29, 2016, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is hosting a day-long summit for Bow Valley residents to learn about and respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's 94 Calls to Action that resulted from this process. To learn more about the event, Crowfoot Media's Editor-in-Chief caught up with Banff Centre's Program Manager for Indigenous Leadership and Management, Brian Calliou, who has taken a lead role in organizing the event. [...]

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. [...]

River Access Concerns Cloud Kicking Horse Paddle Fest

Scores of kayakers converged on Golden, BC, last weekend to celebrate the mighty Kicking Horse river’s second annual paddle festival. This year, however, the event was tinged with concerns about the battle between the whitewater community and Canadian Pacific Railway over access to the iconic Lower Canyon. [...]

5 Ways to Experience the Waterton Wildflower Festival

Waterton Lakes National Park is known as the Wildflower Capital of Canada and celebrates its diverse ecology each June with a week-long festival. Whether you're into hiking, horseback, boating or art, here are five ways to explore the flora of this wildflower wonderland. [...]

ROCKIES 1.0 Recap: Magazine Launch + Shred Kelly

May 1st saw over 250 people gather for a sold-out event at Park Distillery, Restaurant + Bar to celebrate the launch of the Canadian Rockies Annual! Trust Shred Kelly to bring the house down and get tons of people on their feet. Thanks to everyone who joined us for this incredible night! Here's a photo recap thanks to Kurtis Kristianson at Spindrift Photography. [...]

Review: The North Face FuseForm Dot Matrix Jacket

If there are two things the outdoor experience in the Canadian Rockies can guarantee, it's wild weather and rough terrain. Here is one place where you really need an outer layer that performs well. For the most part, I haven't had much luck finding a jacket that is truly waterproof and durable. The North Face FuseForm Dot Matrix Jacket (reg. price $259.99 CAD) promises to be both of these things, as well as ultralight and breathable. [...]

Alberta Apparel: Q and A with Founder, Thomas Mo

Make local. Buy local. Source local. Thomas Mo knows it's easier said than done. As the founder of Alberta Apparel, he's working to highlight the unique culture of Alberta and tap into the talent and resources that exist in our province. Writer Tera Swanson interviews him about his new clothing company and how he's growing it from the grassroots. [...]

John E. Marriott Web Series Exposes Wildlife Issues

One of Canada’s premier wildlife photographers, John Marriott recently launched a brand new documentary-style, no-holds-barred web series tackling the most timely and controversial issues facing Canadian wildlife. Lynn Martel interviews Marriott about the impetus behind the web series and why he's hoping to inspire people to take action. [...]

Review: Through an Unknown Country

Authors Mike Murtha and Charles Helm retrace the 1874-1875 Jarvis-Hanington Winter Expedition through the Northern Rockies and position the explorers amongst some of the greatest in early Canadian history. [...]

Understanding, Underneath: An Avalanche Survival Story

We all hope we’ll adventure furiously in the mountains for years and years without incident. But each and every time we step out into the great outdoors - each time we seek that joy-filled rush only the mountains can bring - we tap into the potential that something will go wrong. For Abby Cooper, getting caught in an avalanche was a wake-up call to trust her gut feelings. Here is her story. [...]

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. [...]

Go Wild: 4 Reasons to Explore Banff’s Backcountry

It’s no secret that in the Canadian Rockies we find one of lower Canada’s largest and unfettered wilderness areas. It’s also right at our fingertips. Outdoor aficionado, Andrew Hardingham, gives us four great reasons to lace up our hiking boots, and his best recommendations for wilderness experiences in Banff National Park. [...]

Review: Alpine Warriors

Fantastic research coupled with poetic and earnest storytelling from Bernadette McDonald creates Alpine Warriors, a wonderfully passionate account of mountaineering's unsung pioneers. [...]

Review: Icebreaker Merino Products

In the world of outdoor clothing, merino is perhaps one of the most praised materials of all. Unlike traditional wool, which will itch the pants off you, merino wool is a natural fibre that is warm in cold weather, cool in warm weather, light, breathable, easy to care for, and generally less stinky. The Crowfoot Media team put three Icebreaker Merino products to the test this summer. Here's what we thought. [...]

Recipe: Pocket Power Balls

We've all had it before: trail food envy. Every once in a while, a hiking partner will pull out some glorious, homemade trail snacks, and you stare at your cheap granola bar with a touch of self-pity. The good news is: you don't need to be an expert in the kitchen to make some homemade snacks for yourself. Contributor Abby Cooper brings us her favourite recipe for power balls that are quick and easy to roll together. [...]

Review: Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed (600 3 Seasons)

When it comes to new gear designs, it takes a lot to 'wow' me. But one innovation by Sierra Designs truly blew me away. A backcountry sleeping bag that comfortably lets you sleep on your side? That doesn't slide off your mattress? Am I dreaming? Probably. The Backcountry Bed concept is so comfortable and accommodating that you're bound to actually get a good night's sleep in the tent. I tried the Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed - 600 3 Seasons (reg. price $379 USD), which was the perfect weight for the generally cool nights we find in the Canadian Rockies. [...]

Through the Lens: Tranquil Morning

I was on my way to Arnica Lake in Banff National Park, and stopped at Vista Lake en route to do some shooting. The sun was coming in and making for some good light, so I scouted the shore of the lake to find a good shot. This shot presented itself as a reflection composition in a small bay, where lots of dead fall had accumulated. Vista Lake lived up to its name! [...]

A Youth Wasted Climbing: Interview with David Chaundy-Smart

No stranger to the world of climbing literature, David Chaundy-Smart and his recently published memoir, A Youth Wasted Climbing (Rocky Mountain Books), have already won the accolades of some of the most influential voices in the industry. In this interview, Lynn Martel gets behind-the-scenes with the author and digs into his writing process, his thoughts on climbing today, and how his adolescence has shaped him. [...]

The Baffin Miracle: Interview with Dan Evans and Michelle Brazier

In Banff to Baffin: Local Adventurers Ski the Polar Star Couloir, we featured the adventurous exploits of Banff-based skiers, Dan Evans and Michelle Brazier, and their 17-day expedition to Baffin Island this past spring. New to the expedition scene, the team overcame enough challenges in the first three days to call the trip "The Baffin Miracle". Ultimately, they came out of the experience having skied couloirs that were above and beyond their goals for the trip. [...]