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Far & Wide: 10 Top Hikes In Alberta With Jeff Bartlett

Based in Jasper National Park, adventure photographer Jeff Bartlett knows a thing or two about the area. When I asked him to pick his top ten, Jeff replied:

“I am a touch biased about my 10 top sights and hikes in Alberta. I could visit a dozen locations that all qualify for this list without going more than an hour from my house; however, when I force myself to be impartial I’m always shocked by how diverse and, most importantly, beautiful Alberta is from border to border.”

Calling Alberta home for the past five years, Jeff has been fortunate to explore the majority of the province whether on assignment or simply exploring on his own. Take a look at Jeff’s top 10 Sights and Hikes in Alberta alongside his words below…

10. Hike Window Mountain Lake In Crowsnest Pass

Crowsnest Pass is so often overlooked as people race back and forth between Calgary, Alberta, and Fernie, British Columbia, but it is quite the destination in its own right.

While scrambling Crowsnest Mountain would be the region’s highest attraction, hiking to Window Mountain Lake remains memorable. The sunrise blew our minds.

9. Canoe To Spirit Island

It’s easy to reach Spirit Island on a Maligne Lake Boat Cruise, but it’s far more rewarding to canoe there while checking out the many coves and bays. For a true wilderness experience, spend the night at Hidden Cove or Fisherman’s Bay.

Another evening at Spirit Island and another image that I love. This place is amazing. #myjasper #explorealberta

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8. Watch Sunset Above The Peace River Valley

The Peace River doesn’t get a lot of attention; however, it cuts straight across Northern Alberta before joining the Athabasca River to form the world’s largest freshwater delta.

7. Hike/Scramble Mt Indefatigable

Upper Kananaskis Lake is one of the most stunning locations in Alberta, but it’s often overlooked because it’s located just outside the Banff National Park boundary. Hiking Mt Indefatigable to get an aerial view of the lake is stunning and it’s possible any month of the year.

Photo: Jeff Barlett
Photo: Jeff Barlett

6. Jasper’s Night Sky

As the world’s second largest dark sky preserve, Jasper is known for its limited light pollution footprint and the clear views of the night sky. The result is a stunning opportunity to see millions of stars and, on occasion, the northern lights.

Photo: Jeff Bartlett
Photo: Jeff Bartlett

5. Travel The Entire Icefields Parkway

The Icefield Parkway links the two Rocky Mountain towns of Jasper and Lake Louise and passes the 230 ice fields that it’s named after. It’s hard to imagine a more scenic road anywhere on the planet.

Photo: Jeff Bartlett
Photo: Jeff Bartlett

4. Stand Amid The Endless Prairies

The Rocky Mountains are Alberta’s most known destination; however, the majority of the province is located on the Canadian Prairies.

Photo: Jeff Bartlett
Photo: Jeff Bartlett

3. Hike Bears Hump In Waterton Lakes National Park

It’s a short 45 minute hike from the Waterton Lakes National Park visitor centre to Bear’s Hump, which might make it the most rewarding hike for the effort required in the entire province.

Waterton Natuonal Park, you are one beautiful place! #explorealberta #stayandwander

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2. Hike The Tonquin Valley

There are plenty of backcountry experiences in Alberta, but hiking the Tonquin Valley wins my vote for the most spectacular. It’s a 40-km round trip hike that takes 2-3 days. The sight of the Rampart Mountains above Amethyst Lake is unforgettable.

Photo: Jeff Bartlett
Photo: Jeff Bartlett

1. Take in Moraine Lake

Moraine Lake is one of the easiest viewpoints to reach in the entire Canadian Rockies – it’s a 5-minute hike from the parking lot – but it remains the most stunning location to visit.

Photo: Jeff Bartlett
Photo: Jeff Bartlett

Do you agree with Jeff’s top 10 Sights & Hikes? Let us know in the comments below…

Far & Wide: How To Ski 3 Resorts In 3 Days This Winter

Wake up early to watch the sunrise… you won’t regret it. Photo: Mt Norquay

There is a reason Banff, Alberta, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Canada. Not only does it have some of the most jaw-dropping landscapes and grin-inducing skiing in the country, but it is so easy to experience it should definitely be on your travel list. Located only 1.5 hrs from the Calgary International Airport, Banff is the home of three world-class ski resorts that you can ski with one lift ticket. That means three days of riding, three different mountains, all while staying at the same hotel and using one tri-area lift ticket. Bonus: If you read all the way to the bottom you can find out how to save money on lift tickets!

 

Sunshine Village Ski & Snowboard Resort

Situated on the Continental Divide of the Canadian Rockies within Banff National Park in Alberta and Mt Assiniboine Provincial Park in British Columbia is Sunshine Village Ski Resort. Due to its location, Sunshine receives more snow than any of the other resorts and is just 18 minutes out of the town of Banff. Local’s Tip: Go here on a sunny day… you won’t regret it.

Marie-France Roy and Craig McMorris flipping for Sunshine Village

 

Mount Norquay

Want to go night skiing? Mount Norquay is your resort. Just minutes from the town of Banff, Mount Norquay offers the only night skiing in Banff-Lake Louise and it has a fully lit terrain park so you can hit jumps into the evening. Local’s Tip: This is a great place to take a lesson to learn how to ski or snowboard.

 

Lake Louise Ski Resort

Want spectacular scenery and over 4,200 acres of terrain spread across four mountain faces? Head north to Lake Louise Ski Resort, one of the largest ski resorts in North America to experience an iconic rocky mountain resort. And best of all there is an 8-kilometer long novice run to experience. Local’s Tip: On a windy day head to Lake Louise because the trees help protect the terrain from exposure.

A little sunshine ride at Lake Louise.

 

Everything You Need To Know To Go

How to purchase lift tickets:

The best part about skiing at all three resorts is you only need to purchase one tri-area lift ticket. And, if you purchase your tickets 21 days in advance you can save up to 17% off. Click here to purchase lift tickets.

Where to stay:

Check out the Juniper Hotel, Banff Aspen Lodge (which features Whitebark Cafe in the lobby) or Banff’s only ski-in-ski-out accommodation, Sunshine Mountain Lodge.

Where to eat: 

At Sunshine Village head to Creekside Grill, serving everything from ‘breakfast to beer’. Want to sit outside? Try the Mad Trapper’s Smokehouse for pub fare and aprés.

If you find yourself at Mount Norquay ski to the high alpine and eat at The Cliffhouse Bistro (originally built in the 1950’s) and experience some true Mount Norquay history.

While you’re at Lake Louise, head to the ten peaks lodge and enjoy a traditional aprés at Powder Keg Lounge which features an array of pub fare and local beers on tap. Want to switch it up? Try out their newest eatery Kuma Yama Sushi which features hot bowls of ramen and fresh sashimi.

Where to party:

If your legs aren’t skied out from a big day on the hill, head on down to The Dancing Sasquatch or Hoodoo in the town of Banff. If you think the locals are good at skiing, just wait till you see them party. Local’s Tip: Get there early. There is nothing worse than standing outside in the cold waiting in line to get into the club.

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