More Bears, boating and hiking in Waterton Lakes

Our early start was rewarded with a perfect crisp morning, pure blue skies and morning mist drifting over lakes. We’d camped just outside Waterton Lakes National Park so headed back into the park stopping often for photos as the sun was rising. It’s the only time of day where I don’t despise cob webs as…

One of the worlds top 20 hikes | Crypt Lake

The Crypt Lake Trail has been voted one of the top 20 hikes in the world by National Geographic and sounded like an exciting hike for us. It involved getting a boat across the Upper Waterton Lake to the trailhead which we were a little reluctant about getting due to it costing $24. We thought…

Colourful canyons and the best bear watching in the Rockies

Waterton Lakes national park is the only place in Canada where the prairies and mountains meet without the transition of foothills. Therefore it was a fabulous drive entering the park with dry grassland all around us and mountains rising ahead of us. We headed up the Red Rock Parkway as it was a rainy day…

Exploring the Canadian Badlands

So we basically drove 200-300km from the Rocky Mountains, over the foothills and through the prairies to reach one particular place; Dinosaur Provincial Park. The park is tiny but home to the Canadian badlands and the largest collection of fossilised dinosaur bones on earth. Craig and I are big fans of desert scenery and albeit…

Learning to lasso in Canada’s cowboy country

We rumbled over cattle grids as we passed through the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and soon realised our chances of seeing more Bears had drastically diminished. We did think we saw a bear but quickly realised it was a cow and they were free roaming. It was true cowboy country where locals ride horses…

Grizzly bears in K’country

The weather was miserable for our second day in K’country so we did a bit of a drive hoping to see some wildlife. Big areas along the road were closed off with yellow tape and big bear photos so we scanned the bushes for any signs of life. There was a break from the rain…

Wild roads, bear encounters and boating in K’country

Kananaskis country, or K’country as the locals call it, is like another world compared to its neighbouring Banff National Park. It’s an area of provincial parks combined together to make a wonderful, tranquil, wilderness. Few people venture this way and that’s what makes it so special. The scenery is as good as the national parks,…

Lake Louise and celebrating 8 years of travel

Lake Louise was very similar to how we remembered it; a beautiful lake surrounded by mountains, glaciers and wilderness. It’s the sort of magical place that deserves to only be witnessed by those who hike to it, but instead it’s the busiest attraction in the Rockies and full of tour buses, and instead of birds…

Lake Moraine, Banff National Park

We didn’t visit Moraine Lake on our last trip to Canada as the road was closed for the season so I made sure we saw it this time round. It was just as pretty in person as it was in all the brochures, even on a cloudy day. In fact it had rained all night…

Jasper to Banff and the prettiest lake on earth

We set off south along the Icefields Parkway, one of the worlds top scenic drives which skirts along the continental divide. There were a few stop offs en route like the Athabasca falls which weren’t high but had so much water that it was quite the gusher. So much so that it had carved a…

Mount Edith Cavell, glaciers and wildflowers

Mount Edith Cavell stood out like a sore thumb compared to its surrounding peaks. It had glaciers clinging onto its sheer edges and was one of the few mountains to still have snow in early August. A narrow, winding road took us up to the base of the mountain which stood so high above us…

Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park

We arose before most of the other campers and set off on empty stomachs to Maligne Lake. We stopped half-way at Medicine Lake for some porridge, coffee and lovely views and continued onto the very popular Maligne Lake. The Bald Hills trail sounded like a great hike for a few hours so we set off…