Hike #1 of the 52 Hikes Challenge
We somehow managed to convince my younger sister and her boyfriend how much fun it is to canoe to your campsite and rough it in the wild. Given that C & E aren't avid campers (or canoers), we planned a route that wasn't particularly ambitious. We were secretly hoping they'd have such a great time that they'd want to go backcountry camping with us again.
As the second highest mountain in Newfound, hiking Gros Morne Mountain is no joke, but it is well worth the challenge. I visited Newfoundland back in July 2018 and Gros Morne Mountain was easily one of the highlights from my trip.
With sweeping vistas of the Rocky Mountains in its backyard and commanding views of turquoise lakes fed by nearby glaciers, Alberta is what the Canadian great outdoors is all about. With a plethora of national parks scattered around the southwestern part of the province there are endless hiking opportunities and great chances of glimpsing wildlife in their natural habitat.
We spent the last four days in Glacier National Park in Montana. We woke up bright and early this morning as we booked an Adventure Cave Tour with Canmore Cave Tours for 11:45a.m. From Glacier it's about a 400km drive to Canmore, Alberta.
Situated in southwestern Alberta, Waterton Lakes National Park is where the prairies meet the mountains. It is nestled right on the border just north of Montana's Glacier National Park. Together, these two parks formed the first ever International Peace Park to better preserve and protect the shared ecosystem.
I flew down to Calgary with my good friend A and spent the last four days in Banff National Park. We initially booked a campsite at the Two Jack Main Campground, but the forecast was calling for rain overnight and we didn't want to pack up a wet tent in the morning. Plus it was cold. Instead, we headed back to Calgary to spend our final day of our trip out west.
We visited Banff National Park for four days in July 2019. We saved our most ambitious day of hiking for our final day of our trip. Our game plan was to hike to the two teahouses - one at Lake Agnes and the other at the Plain of the Six Glaciers, with a couple of additional side trips along the way.
Banff National Park is the birthplace of national parks in Canada. It is nestled in the Rocky Mountains and features mountainous terrain, alpine landscapes, glaciers, ice fields, turquoise glacial lacks and an abundance of wildlife. Basically all the great things you'd want while camping and hiking.
Algonquin has become an annual tradition for us. For some reason we are quick to forget the (literal and figurative) blood, sweat and tears from our past trips, and are eager for more. More paddling, more portages, and more pain. The forecast was calling for nice weather over the August long weekend, which was great because we planned quite an ambitious route to Misty Lake.