Category Archives: Alberta

Canadian Rockies Road Trip Itinerary- 8 Days in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains

A trip to Alberta wouldn’t be complete without doing a road trip in the Canadian Rockies. The drive from Calgary to Jasper is one of the finest road trips in Canada, a route that passes by Alberta’s most inspiring scenery as it makes its way through the mountains and into the heart of Banff and…

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  • the cape on the corner - gorgeous! this is definitely on my list. thanks for the detailed route!
    bMay 29, 2018 – 1:19 pmReplyCancel

  • Janice & George, Sand In My Suitcase - We used to live in Calgary — and we’ve done this road trip; spectacular! Maligne Canyon is gorgeous to hike. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.May 31, 2018 – 2:11 pmReplyCancel

4 Romantic Winter Getaways in Alberta

Albertans love to complain about our long winters, but rather than dreading Canada’s coldest season, we think it’s the perfect time to have a romantic weekend away. Covered in a blanket of white, Alberta’s landscapes couldn’t be more romantic. There’s a peacefulness to the surroundings. It feels as though each place, each moment exists just…

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  • Angela - Ok I’m admittedly not one to like snow, but your post is warming me up to the idea, ironically. That scenery is absolutely gorgeous… I mean, I guess if you’re dressed warmly, the white fluff can be kind of nice :DNovember 21, 2017 – 5:14 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Absolutely- it’s all about dressing for the weather! Winter is a beautiful season and I’d take snow over rain any day!November 21, 2017 – 4:29 pmReplyCancel

Photo of the Week: Cave and Basin, Banff National Park

Banff may be world famous for its breathtaking mountains and glistening blue lakes, but it was a small cave and its thermal waters that spurred the creation of Canada’s first national park, Banff, in 1885. Cave and Basin is the lowest of nine natural hot springs on Sulphur Mountain, its water bubbling up from 3…

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5 Ways to Enjoy a Winter Weekend in Jasper

Jasper National Park is a great place to visit year round, but it can be especially fun in the winter. Active travellers and outdoor adventurers will find plenty of activities to enjoy during a winter weekend in Jasper. Our Favourite Winter Activities in Jasper We’ve made frequent visits to Jasper in the winter over the…

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Photo of the Week: Lake Louise Station

After a weekend of hiking to Larch Valley and horseback riding to the Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House, we ended our visit to Lake Louise with a delicious meal at The Station Restaurant. As a train lover, I was immediately impressed. Located in Lake Louise Station, the oldest building in Lake Louise, the restaurant…

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Horseback Ride to the Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House- Lake Louise

It was our quest for new adventures in Lake Louise that led us try horseback riding for the first time, going all the way up to the historic Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House nestled high in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Neither one of us had been on a horse before. I had always been…

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Larch Valley Hike- Lake Louise, Banff National Park

The Larch Valley hike near Lake Louise has been something Mike and I have been talking about doing for years, so this fall we finally decided to make it happen. Wow, had we been missing out all this time! The Lake Louise area is a special place any time of year, but it shines just…

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  • Dave and Robin - A very enjoyable post – and great photos! I think we may have to add this to our bucket list. Looking forward to reading more of your adventures.May 22, 2017 – 10:26 amReplyCancel

Hiking Jasper’s Valley of the Five Lakes

It was a beautiful day in May. Warm, sunny, a clear blue sky above and fresh mountain air to awaken the senses. It was the perfect weather for a casual hike in Jasper! I decided I wanted to see somewhere in Jasper I haven’t been before, so Mike suggested we do the Valley of the…

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  • Adrienn Takacs - Wow! It looks like such an amazing place! Gotta love those red chairs, haha! But seriously, the lakes and the mountain scenery in the background is to die for! Thanks for sharing :)April 12, 2016 – 11:52 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Yes, it’s a nice easy hike that takes you to some gorgeous locations!April 13, 2016 – 7:40 amReplyCancel

  • John Guan - wow, a great way to ruin a beautiful landscape with a pair of tacky beach chairs. I hope whoever put those got the instagram picture they wanted. ugh.April 20, 2016 – 10:56 pmReplyCancel

Photo of the Week: Calgary’s Wonderland Sculpture

I am not always a fan of public art but there was one specific piece I was itching to see since it was installed in 2013. Wonderland is a bent-wire portrait of a young girl’s head created by Jaume Plensa, a highly regarded Spanish sculptor. The 12 metre tall sculpture features prominently in front of…

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  • Sara @ Simply Sara Travel - Wow, what a cool sculpture! When I saw it, it immediately reminded me of one I saw in Antibes, France called “The Wanderer” – so I looked it up, and it is by the same artist!June 17, 2015 – 8:26 amReplyCancel

Wildlife in Jasper National Park

Whenever I’m in the mood to see cute wildlife, Mike and I make a trip out to Jasper National Park. (Well, not every time because then we’d never be home!) Jasper is, by far, the best place in the Canadian Rocky Mountains to see wildlife. In one weekend alone we saw nine bears, three moose,…

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  • David - Nice wildlife photos! Good tips on seeing the wildlife.May 29, 2015 – 12:11 pmReplyCancel

  • Laura - So nice you can just head on over to Jasper whenever you feel like seeing wildlife! After seeing next to nothing in Banff and Lake Louise, I was so excited to finally see tons of wildlife in Jasper. And it’s so beautiful there. But my favorite place around that area was the Beaver Boardwalk in Hinton. So amazing to see them in their natural habitat and unfazed by humans!May 29, 2015 – 1:28 pmReplyCancel

  • Alouise - Great photos and great tips. I love going to Jasper for the wildlife, because you’re pretty much guaranteed to see something (even if it’s just the bighorn sheep wandering by the highway).June 1, 2015 – 6:53 pmReplyCancel

  • dmitry - Thank you for pointing out the animals and also where to encounter them.September 13, 2016 – 4:11 pmReplyCancel

Grassi Lakes Hike and Scenic Walks in Canmore

When we were in Canmore for the Uncorked Food and Drink Festival, we needed to find a way to work off all the delicious calories we were consuming. Lucky for us, in Canmore there are plenty of opportunities for hiking, biking, or simply taking a leisurely, scenic stroll. We opted for easy hikes and walks…

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  • Frank - The Canadian West is so beautiful! I haven’t been in about 15 years but we might get out there later in the year.
    Great photos,
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Canmore Helicopter Tour- Sightseeing in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains

I bow my head down as I walk into a brisk wind, the two strong blades of a helicopter loudly turning above my head. “I can’t believe this is really happening,” I think as I climb up into the bright-red Bell Long Ranger. I quickly fasten my seatbelt and then fumble with the headset, big…

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  • Sand In My Suitcase - Well, looks like your first helicopter ride will be hard to beat! Amazing photos of those snow-covered mountains… We last took a helicopter ride in Kauai, Hawaii (no doors – better photos) – much more exhilarating than a small plane ride…May 4, 2015 – 8:18 pmReplyCancel

  • Kanika Kalia - Amazing pics.. will surely try to do a helicopter ride when I go to Alberta…May 6, 2015 – 5:37 amReplyCancel

  • Lauren - Wow! The pictures are beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing your tour!May 11, 2015 – 12:07 pmReplyCancel

  • Donna Corrigan - I hope to get to Canmore in the next year as my son just started to work at alpine helicopters. I ve never been west and love all the pics. I have never been in a helicopter either and am looking forward to the tour in the mountains. It truly is a spectacular place. I have enjoyed all the photos. Thanks. Have a nice day.May 15, 2015 – 6:05 pmReplyCancel

Photo of the Week: Autumn in Edmonton’s River Valley

I may not always be the biggest fan of my home city, but there is one thing I can’t deny- Edmonton has a beautiful river valley, especially in the fall. Edmonton’s river valley is the largest stretch of urban parkland in North America- 7, 400 hectares! This gives us Edmontonians plenty of space to get…

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  • Alouise - Lovely photo. I think autumn is my favourite season in Edmonton just because the colors are so pretty.February 16, 2015 – 4:45 pmReplyCancel

Winter in Jasper- A Frosty Photo Series

Long, cold, and dreary. Those are all words that we Albertans tend to use when describing our winters. I can agree with the long and, most of the time, cold, but dreary not so much. A winter trip to Jasper will have you rethinking the way you describe Alberta’s longest season. Jasper’s gorgeous scenery, draped…

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  • Macca Sherifi - Yes please!

    Amazing photos. I usually only hike in the summer (I like the sunshine), but with photo essays like this I am starting to come round to the idea that winter is where it’s at.January 26, 2015 – 11:05 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - I love summer too but it’s great to be able to experience all this beauty without the summertime crowds!February 1, 2015 – 1:27 pmReplyCancel

Photo of the Week: Mule Deer in Jasper National Park

As a huge animal lover, I am always on the lookout for wildlife when I travel. While I don’t always have the best of luck, Jasper National Park is one place where I never fail to see wildlife. This is probably one of the cutest animal moments I have witnessed- a mother Mule deer grooming…

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  • Uptourist - Reminds me of Bambi only that he doesn’t have the same spots. Such a wonderful feeling to be in contact with wildlife.March 25, 2015 – 11:36 pmReplyCancel

The Maligne Canyon Ice Walk- Alberta’s Coolest Hike

Peering over the edge of a snow covered bridge, I have to catch my breath when I think about how far down the canyon below is. Fifty-one meters- the same height as Niagara Falls. There’s no water rushing through curves of Maligne Canyon today. Its floor is frozen, the limestone walls partially concealed by a…

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  • Macca Sherifi - Wow. Just wow. These photos are great. I was hiking in the Rockies last summer – probably the best place I’ve ever been hiking – and I didn’t even know it got like this in the winter. Looks like I’ll have to come back again in the future!January 19, 2015 – 3:08 amReplyCancel

  • Karen Gough - Just gorgeous. Was there any danger of falling icicles?January 19, 2015 – 8:55 pmReplyCancel

8 Reasons to Visit Jasper in January (and All Winter Long!)

When people see pictures of Jasper, or hear about the fantastic opportunities for outdoor adventure, they don’t need much convincing to pay a visit. Jasper’s natural beauty sells itself! Once our Canadian winter settles in though, it’s quite tempting to stay home and hibernate on the couch! In case you needed a little convincing, we’re…

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  • Alouise - You know I’ve been to Jasper a few times, but never in the winter. Definitely seems worth it to brave a little cold for the experience of getting the park mostly to yourself (plus those photos are fantastic).January 18, 2015 – 11:15 amReplyCancel

  • Vanessa - Love your photos! Jasper as its best. And your post is just in time for the festival. A very helpful post.January 18, 2015 – 11:46 pmReplyCancel

  • Uptourist - I am all for having the park all to myself. I love the serene feeling of not having too many people around. It allows me to relax some more.March 25, 2015 – 11:37 pmReplyCancel

  • Jessica Warren - Hey, ive been looking for a website/blog that can help me out, yours is so helpful but I have visted Jasper quite a few times already including in the winter, but I am looking for some tips on some stuff to do that wont cost much $$ and is still fun for a beginner hiker/outdoor enthusiast during winter. Maybe something the locals might know about. Its hard to find things to do during the day that wont cost you an arm and a leg! Have any ideas?February 5, 2017 – 2:58 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hiking is always a good way to spend the day and doesn’t cost anything. Have you done the Valley of the Five Lakes hike? It’s great for beginners.March 5, 2017 – 2:23 pmReplyCancel

  • Heather - What are the driving conditions like in the winter? I’m from the snowbelts of Michigan, so we’re used to snow, but it’s dry, and our vehicles are prepared. Will rental cars perform well enough? We’d love to visit for some winter hiking/snow shoeing.January 22, 2018 – 2:09 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - The driving conditions really depend on what weather is passing through. We were just in Jasper at the start of January and there was hardly any snow. We also were there once during a blizzard so had to drive slow in case of icy patches. They snow does get cleared from the roads, so you don’t have to worry about getting stuck. I’d ask your rental company about what kind of tires are on the car. We drive to Jasper with all-seasons and have never had an issue. If you’re experienced with winter driving I wouldn’t worry too much. Just stay alert and slow down if necessary.January 28, 2018 – 10:22 amReplyCancel

Snowshoeing in Jasper- Our First Experience and Why You Should Try it Too!

When I signed us up to go on a snowshoeing excursion in Jasper, both Mike and I didn’t know what to expect. In all honesty, we were kind of skeptical whether we would like snowshoeing at all. “It seems kind of silly to strap on big shoes just to walk around in the snow,” we’d…

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  • Laura - This looks like so much fun! I was in Jasper this past September and loved it, but now I really want to see it in the winter. It looks beautiful!!January 13, 2015 – 6:57 amReplyCancel

  • Manon Roy - I’ve been on a day trip with Canadian Skyline Adventures. It was educational for my kids, fun and safe. It was a great adventure for our family and hope to go in the winter to experience their snowshoeing tour.January 16, 2015 – 2:59 amReplyCancel

Stargazing at the Jasper Dark Sky Festival

Jasper National Park is a great place to visit all year round, but is especially enjoyable in October when the sky takes centre stage for Dark Sky Month. What is the Jasper Dark Sky Festival? In 2011, Jasper was officially designated as a Dark Sky Preserve by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. To celebrate…

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  • Uptourist - The night sky has the tendency to make you feel filled with energy and freedom. I love how the sky is really pitched black so that you can really see the beauty of the stars.March 25, 2015 – 10:06 pmReplyCancel

  • Jeannie L - Hi, I’ll be heading to Jasper during that period and I’m interested in attending the Dark Sky Festival. However, it’s not clear which event to sign up for as I’m mainly interested to do photography. Would you be able to advise me so I know which event I’d need to book? I’ve emailed them but no reply yet.August 1, 2016 – 3:11 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi Jeannie. This year there is a nighttime photo workshop at Athabasca Glacier. There’s also a 2-day photography workshop at the Jasper Park Lodge. I haven’t done any of these myself so I can’t really comment on them, but maybe that’s what you’re looking for? If you go to the Beyond the Stars Event (free) at Lake Annette, there will be dark sky photographers on hand that can give you some tips. That’s where I took all the photos in this post. Hope this helps!August 20, 2016 – 7:29 pmReplyCancel

Photo of the Week: Romantic Elk Island Sunset

One of the best places to watch the sunset near our hometown of Edmonton, Alberta, is Elk Island National Park. We recently made the half hour drive, on a beautiful fall evening, specifically to watch the sunset. It sure did not disappoint! One lucky couple scored the coveted spot at the end of the dock,…

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  • Uptourist - ooh I am imagining being at this place with a loved one. Holding his hand and just feeling his presence along with the setting sun would be perfect.March 25, 2015 – 10:07 pmReplyCancel

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