The Bugaboos: Cobalt Lake
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Back in July, we made our first trip to the Bugaboos. After just one visit, we were smitten. With sheer granite spires erupting from a vast sea of ice, it’s a landscape unlike any other you’ll find in the surrounding … Read More

Helena Peak
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Having admired the towers of Castle Mountain dozens of times from the Trans-Canada Highway, Stephan and I thought we’d head to neighboring Helena Peak to get a bird’s-eye view of the iconic massif. Located halfway between Banff and Lake Louise, … Read More

Cirque Peak
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Located along the Icefields Parkway about 25 miles (40 km) north of Lake Louise, Cirque Peak’s 9,820-foot (2,993 m) summit rises prominently above Lake Helen and Dolomite Peak. Sitting just across the highway from popular Bow Lake, the 10-mile (16.5 … Read More

Pharaoh Peaks
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The Egypt Lakes area of Banff National Park is an absolutely gorgeous swath of Rocky Mountain backcountry stretching along the Continental Divide. Curiously, the area’s most prominent features all have names evocative of Ancient Egypt: Scarab and Pharaoh Peaks; The … Read More

Heli-rafting the Kicking Horse River
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About an hour and a half west of Banff, Golden, British Columbia could very well be considered the adventure capital of the Canadian Rockies. While the town itself is a much smaller, more laid-back alternative to Banff, it has no … Read More

Mt. Bourgeau
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Rising above the Bow Valley, Mt. Bourgeau’s 9,616-foot (2,931 m) summit is one of the most recognizable peaks near the town of Banff. Part of the Massive Range, Bourgeau’s prominent silhouette can be seen from Banff’s town center as well … Read More

Applebee Dome
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Located in British Columbia’s Purcell Mountains, Bugaboo Provincial Park encompasses a remote swath of glaciated, alpine wilderness. Here, you’ll find a collection of towering granite spires that erupt from a mantle of massive glaciers. With many of the chiseled peaks … Read More

Iceline Summit & Little Yoho Valley
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One of the most well-known hiking routes in BC’s Yoho National Park is the Iceline Trail. Beginning beside Takakkaw Falls, one of the tallest chutes in Canada, the trail climbs a few thousand feet of vertical where it opens onto … Read More

The Onion (Polaris Peak)
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Bow Lake is a stunning body of water along the Icefields Parkway, about thirty minutes north of Lake Louise. The turquoise pool sits in the shadow of Crowfoot Mountain and Crowfoot Glacier and is fed by nearby Bow Glacier Falls. … Read More

Boundary Peak
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Aptly named, Boundary Peak straddles the border between Banff and Jasper National Parks. While the true highpoint is (I believe) technically in Jasper, it’s about as close as you can get to standing on a mountain summit in two of … Read More

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