Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Larch Valley & Sentinel Pass

This weekends trip was to the tourist trap of Lake Louise for the Larch Valley/Sentinel Pass hike. Whilst the hikes are popular, they are popular for a very good reason. Thankfully though the crowds were minimal, surprising considering the incredible weather.

At the pass

We were hoping that the Larch trees would have turned more yellow but it looks like the warm weather has delayed the autumn colours by a few weeks.

Another hike, another view of a glacier

Friday, September 11, 2009


Last weekend Aleisha and I decided to pop over to Vancouver to hang out with Stefan and Claire. Unfortunately the weather was average and it rained a lot, but thats Vancouver for you. Despite the weather we still had a great time and managed to do a bit of sightseeing, even if the sights were obscured by clouds.

Checking out the sights in Vancouver before the rain sets in

Banana Slug, one of the critters that enjoy the rain.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Car Camping in Waterton Lakes National Park

Last weekend we decided to go a little further out of town for our weekly dose of hiking. Waterton Lakes National Park came highly recommended so we figured we would make a weekend of it and go car camping. The park is right on the boarder with the US (actually joins with Glacier National Park) and just a 3hr drive from Calgary. Its well know for being packed with bears and within 5 min of entering the park on Friday evening we had spotted a Black bear, thankfully we were safe in our car. The major hike for the weekend was the Crypt Lake trip, rated by many as a 5 star trip (for the trivia buffs it was also rated as the best hike in Canada in 1981). Maybe it was the scorching heat reminding us of our time spent in the penal colony, but we were not as impressed. However, the disappointment was some what overcome by the novelty of being able to walk into the US as the end point of the trail was technically over the boarder.

On the way to Crypt Lake

Crypt Lake

On Sunday we went for a short drive in the park to Cameron Lake. As there were no people about and the weather was perfect we decided to hire a canoe.

Pika, like the Pokemon