Lake O’Hara

Lake O’Hara is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and they limit the amount of people that can go into this fragile alpine area daily.  Kirstie and I book a day there every September and every year it is completely different.  Last year we had a day that was without a cloud in the sky, 22 degrees and the Larch trees had already turned golden yellow.  Today was very different and just as stunning and surreal as ever as a recent snowstorm had just hit the area.  It is not far from Banff but feels quite different as it is on the western side of the Divide.  This place has been named by National Geographic as the second most beautiful place on earth only behind the Fjords of Norway.  I haven’t been to Norway and really want to go but to be honest if I could spend one day every September in this place, then I really don’t need anything else.  It truly is a special place and we have really only touched the surface of what there is to see on the abundance of hikes in the area.  Lake O’Hara is a hiker’s paradise and holds a great amount of diversity.  See more photos that Kirstie took here.

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Like A Kid In A Candy Shop

Today we received an abundance of snow, our first snowfall of the year.  It was 22 degrees yesterday and both Kirstie and I received sunburns.  Today was a very different story.  Snow has come very early and today was one of those days that I will not easily forget.  There was lightening, thunder, and snow!  Lots of snow!  So I naturally took to the fat bike immediately and hit the Spray Loop where I came across a moose within the first couple of kilometers.  Thunder, moose, snow, how can a day get any better?  Kirstie took some photos of me as I arrived back in town near our home.  See the full post here.  Snowtember is continuing into the middle of the week as it looks so far.

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Mount Rundle

Cooler and wetter weather has once again returned to our mountain town making it feel as if fall is not far off now.  Fortunately for me, Fall is my favourite season especially for hiking and biking!  See more photos of foggy Banff here.

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Heading Home

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WildFlowers

It’s been a very warm July for the Canadian Rockies and the wildflowers are out in full force now.  I have been photographing them as they arrive and have been putting together a photo list here.  There are so many more and such little time.  Off to the Alpine I go.

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The Monarch Ramparts

I made my first summer hike up into the Alpine of Banff National Park today.  It has taken awhile for the snow to come off to get to some of my favourite areas and without a doubt the Monarch Ramparts are my absolute favourite spot to get out into the true wilds of Banff National Park.  See more of my photos from the day here.

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A Decade In Banff

Kirstie and I arrived in Banff ten years ago this last Canada Day.  I was moving to a new country and Kirstie was returning home.  Canada’s Birthday could not have been a better date to have be our first to enter the country and more importantly to enter this incredibly beautiful town that we have called home for ten years now.  We are both very much looking forward to the next ten years and the rest of our lifetime in this place that we have settled.  We recently put together a list of our ten most favourite things to do around Banff here, on our collaboration Canoe Wedding.

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