Jill Hayward and her husband Bob have a number of items on their 'Bucket List'; like seeing the Salmon Glacier, British Columbia, on July 23, 2011 | Submitted by Bob Hayward | Submit yours!
Grizzly Bear. Photo taken near Kananaskis Lakes, Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Kananaskis Country, Alberta |
Submitted by Trevor Ward | Submit yours!
First summits! Photo taken at Mount Fairview, in 2010, Banff National Park, Alberta |
Submitted by Tanya Koob | Submit yours!
Time to play! Photo taken at Deception Pass, in March 2011, Banff National Park, Alberta |
Submitted by Michael Southward | Submit yours!
Binocular, photo taken at Lake Louise, in September 2011, Banff National Park, Alberta |
Submitted by Yu Liu | Submit yours!
Wood Buffalo National Park, Alberta |
Submitted by Gary Clennan,
Calgary, Alberta | July 17, 2010 | Submit yours!
En route for Lake McArthur, British Columbia, July 2010 |
Submitted by John Drew,
Toronto, Ontario | August 10, 2010 | Submit yours!
Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta |
Submitted by Debbie Sheridan,
Kamloops, British Columbia | July 27, 2010 | Submit yours!
On the Bow River, Bow Valley, Alberta |
Submitted by David Hudson,
Taunton, United Kingdom | March 30, 2010 | Submit yours!
On the way to Miette Hot Springs, Jasper National Park, Alberta |
Submitted by Damien Bottolier-Curtet,
Haute-Savoie, France | February 21, 2011 | Submit yours!
Pyramid Lake, Jasper National Park, Alberta |
Submitted by Dale Doram,
Edmonton, Alberta | July 23, 2010 | Submit yours!
Self portrait on top of Panorama Ridge viewpoint overlooking Garibaldi Lake, British Columbia, July 2007 |
Submitted by Claude Robidoux,
Penticton, British Columbia | March 21, 2011 | Submit yours!
Submitted by Alexander Babos,
Fort Collins, Colorado, U.S.A. | October 8, 2010 | Submit yours!
Discovering Athabasca, Icefields Parkway, Alberta |
Submitted by Anders Rempel, Steinbach, Manitoba | September 23, 2010 | Submit yours!
Looking over Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta, in the morning. |
Submitted by Andrej Zlatos, Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A. | September 26, 2010 | Submit yours!
"True Canadian Splendor". Shot at Wilcox Pass in Jasper National Park, Alberta in July, 2010 | Submitted by Benjamin Barlow, Eaton Rapids, Michigan, U.S.A. | October 17, 2010 | Submit yours!
Submitted by Brian MacDonald, Grande Prairie, Alberta | August 29, 2010 | Submit yours!
Bow Valley, May 17th, 2010, taken off the Bow Valley road in between Banff and Lake Louise. | Submitted by Caroline Freebairn, Calgary, Alberta | August 1, 2010 | Submit yours!
Iceland poppies, Lake Louise, Alberta, August 2010 | Submitted by Cesar Bueno, Vallejo, California, U.S.A. | August 22, 2010 | Submit yours!
Sun rising on Victoria Glacier with the Death Trap below, Banff National Park, Alberta. | Submitted by Cindy Walker, Calgary, Alberta | August 31, 2010 | Submit yours!
Submitted by Claire Stanhope, Coldstream, British Columbia | October 30, 2010 | Submit yours!
"The 3 Amigos", Bighorn Sheep in Radium Hot Springs | Submitted by Dale Genest, Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia | September 3, 2010 | Submit yours!
Hiking along a Jasper trail, Jasper National Park, Alberta, August 2010 | Submitted by Dale Nally, Saint-Albert, Alberta | November 17, 2010 | Submit yours!
"A moment to remember", Edith Lake | Submitted by Darlene Nguyen, Edmonton, Alberta | August 12, 2010 | Submit yours!
Fly-fishing in the Kootenays, British Columbia, on August 2, 2010 | Submitted by Debbie Sheridan, Kamloops, British Columbia | September 8, 2010 | Submit yours!
My daughter enjoying the view from Whistler Mountain summit, British Columbia | Submitted by Fernando Ortiz, Naucalpan, Mexico | October 17, 2010 | Submit yours!
"Stop", Medicine Lake, Jasper National Park, 2009. | Submitted by Ganna Melekh, Edmonton, Alberta | August 1, 2010 | Submit yours!
Chipmunk on a stone barrier, Lake Louise, Banff, Alberta, August, 2010 on a hiking trail just next to the lake itself. | Submitted by Grace Mah, Edmonton, Alberta | August 28, 2010 | Submit yours!
Storm on Mount Vimy, Waterton Lakes National Park, October 5, 2009 | Submitted by Greg Abt, Ponoka, Alberta | August 8, 2010 | Submit yours!
A mother grizzly with her two cubs in Jasper National Park, Alberta, May 2010. | Submitted by Guy d'Anjou, Prevost, Québec | November 30, 2010 | Submit yours!
Elk | Submitted by Jaliya Rasaputra, Nepean, Ontario | October 14, 2010 | Submit yours!
Blue heron, Bowser, Vancouver Island, British Columbia | Submitted by Jennie Holt, Wabasca, Alberta | August 26, 2010 | Submit yours!
Canmore, Alberta, my first helicopter ride, and a view from the top, back in May 2009! | Submitted by Maria Roxas-Enriquez, Banff, Alberta | August 5, 2010 | Submit yours!
"Mountain Spectrum" From the end of Maligne Lake, Cornet Creek, Jasper National Park, Alberta. | Submitted by Laura Barlow, Eaton Rapids, Michigan, U.S.A. | October 17, 2010 | Submit yours!
Submitted by Marietta Pangan-Dutkoski, Calgary, Alberta | December 10, 2010 | Submit yours!
Submitted by Mark Brooker, Calgary, Alberta | October 7, 2010 | Submit yours!
Nothing more to ask for...Glacier Lake, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, October 2, 2010 | Submitted by Mylene Poulin, Calgary, Alberta | October 4, 2010 | Submit yours!
"Taking it all in", canoeing at Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park, British Columbia | Submitted by Owen Yuen, Calgary, Alberta | September 4, 2010 | Submit yours!
Mineral spring, Wells Gray Provincial Park, British Columbia | Submitted by Petra Wildschuetz, Fuerstenwalde, Brandenburg, Germany | August 15, 2010 | Submit yours!
Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, my favourite lake of the Canadian Rockies | Submitted by Priscilla Turocy, Parma Heights, Ohio, U.S.A. | October 4, 2010 | Submit yours!
On our way to Vancouver, the girls by the river seemed to be comforting each other. July 10, 2010 | Submitted by Ray Chiang, Calgary, Alberta | September 7, 2010 | Submit yours!
One of the many wonderful landscapes in Glacier National Park, Montana, U.S.A. | Submitted by Tatiana Ciolacu, Moscow, Idaho, U.S.A. | August 8, 2010 | Submit yours!
Lake Louise, a few minutes after a rain squall had caused a wedding ceremony to finish up quickly. | Submitted by Stanley G. Munn, Calgary, Alberta | August 9, 2010 | Submit yours!
Baby loves hiking, Kananaskis Country | Submitted by Tanya Koob, Calgary, Alberta | August 9, 2010 | Submit yours!
Experience The Mountain Parks Blog
...all about the Alberta-to-British Columbia mountain parks, including life in and around the parks. Not all our news and stories are here, though, so you might want to check our news section and Bob's "tweets" —conveniently placed in the upper right of each page.
Are you a boomer interested in connecting with the outdoors in comfort? Is your young family looking for camping convenience? Are you thinking of camping for the first time? This summer, Parks Canada is making your camping experience in Banff National Park easier!
Exclusive to Canada’s national parks, oTENTiks are coming to Banff National Park in July. A cross between an A-frame cabin and a prospector tent mounted on a raised wooden floor, this new visitor experience seeks to attract and connect with key target markets including urbanites, youth and new Canadians. oTENTiks is designed to modernize and diversify the traditional camping experience in the park.
The ten oTENTiks will be clustered together and embraced by Douglas fir, white spruce and pine trees along one of the most intimate shorelines in the park – Two Jack Lake. Set within Two Jack Lakeside Campground for easy access to site and town amenities, and as one of best locations for stunning views of the majestic mountain ranges.
A few oTENTik features:
An outdoor deck overlooking Two Jack Lake presents an ideal location for relaxation,
19 x 24 ft wide tent provides plenty of room for families or groups up to six,
Sleeping area accommodates two-queen sized and one double-sized bunk bed with high density
foammattresses for a restful night’s sleep - $145/night (includes GST),
A spacious living room, with a table for six, offers a great activity area for inclement weather,
A replica cast iron fireplace ensures extra warmth for cool mountain nights and mornings,
Lighting and electrical outlets offers the convenience of night time reading or charging electronics,
An outdoor fire pit and a Weber BBQ guarantees the tradition of camp-style cooking,
Windows that unzip and mosquito screens allows fresh air movement and fibreglass doors that lock.
Every year, thousands of families travel to the mountain parks
for adventure and relaxation. And for many, no family member
is left behind – whether it is the dog, cat, snake or ferret. Pet
friendly accommodation is becoming more popular as people
venture away from home with their beloved family pet. And accommodators
are increasingly welcoming furry family members
with open arms.
“Pets are part of the family, and just like bringing kids, we wants
guests to bring their pets,” says Cole Millen, operations director
at Delta Kananaskis. “There is a shift for hotels to go pet friendly,
and people expect it.”
Approximately 50 per cent of hotels in the mountain parks are
pet friendly. In the Kananaskis/Canmore/Banff/Lake Louise area,
expedia.ca lists 34 of 82 accommodators as pet friendly, and in
Yoho National Park, 11 of 25 have pet friendly rooms.
Millen says that although they have had cats, snakes and ferrets
as guests at the hotel, dogs are the most common pet companion.
On long weekends in particular, at least 10% of guests have a dog
staying with them at the hotel.
Many hotels offer a welcome package when dogs are booked in
advance. At the Delta, canine guests are greeted with an amenities
package including a dog bowl, treats, toy and dog bed. And
for guests worried about leaving the furkid unattended in a hotel
room, the front desk staff will dogsit, including regular walks, for
up to three hours. The program, which started in June 2012, donates
all proceeds to the Bow Valley SPCA, and in a five month
period, has generated more than $370.
Although being pet friendly is not a new approach for the Delta,
other accommodators in the mountain parks are adapting to the
demand for pet friendly accommodation and have only recently
Buffalo Mountain Lodge in Banff, Alberta has been pet friendly
for less than a year and has already doubled the number of pet
rooms they make available to guests.
“There is a segment of the market that wants to bring pets,” says
Martin Parkes, assistant lodge manager. “I was shocked how
quickly (the pet friendly concept) took off.”
Like many other hotels that offer pet amenities, Buffalo Mountain
Lodge is also initiating a dog-friendly welcome package, including
locally sourced elk dog treats from the same farm as the
meat they serve in the on-site restaurant.
Both Millen and Parkes support the pet friendly approach, but
they also say it’s important for pet owners to be responsible – not
only in the hotel, but outside as well.
“Being in a provincial park is a unique aspect,” says Millen. “It’s
important that pets are on leash. The last thing we would want to
see is a dog running after a squirrel or deer.”
Parkes agrees that the wildlife component is extremely important for
pet owners to be aware of. With the possibility of a guest opening the
door in the morning to find a deer on the lawn, it’s especially important
for pet owners to be aware that they are in a park with wildlife.
It is also important that pet owners take advantage of the services
and amenities available by booking their pets as a registered guest.
Although hotels charge a pet fee for the necessary cleaning that is
required, it notifies staff that a pet is in the room, and if there are any
issues, they can contact the owner directly.
Not all dogs are perfectly well behaved all the time, but Millen says
that shouldn’t prevent owners from bringing them to a hotel.
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“Don’t be embarrassed,” says Millen. “If your dog is a barker, ask for
help, assistance, support and suggestions.”
For the travellers more inclined to camp on their mountain holiday,
most campgrounds in the mountain parks permit pets to stay, but it
is wise to confirm with the campground when booking. Even more
so than hotel accommodation, wildlife awareness is important. Leaving
dog food out in the open, for example, can attract wildlife to the
Leaving a beloved pet at home is a tough decision. Doggy daycare is
an option. Friends or family could look after him/her. A house-sitter
can make sure your dog is fed and has water.
Or bring your pet with you. Walk the trails, enjoy the snow or the sunshine,
breathe in the fresh air. With hotels opening their doors to our
furry friends, there is no decision to make. Your furkid will thank you.
Used to refer to a pet that is treated as though it were someone's child.
Dog Travel tips
- Bring a leash – dogs need to be leashed in most areas of the mountain parks and in all hotel public areas.
- Register ahead – not only do dogs get a welcome package at many hotels, staff can contact you directly if there are any issues.
- Make them tired – go for a walk, hike, or run before checking into the hotel. A tired dog is a (usually) quiet dog.
- Bring a bag (or ask for one) – clean up after your dog to limit the impact on other guests and local wildlife.
- Book dogsitting – leave your room without worry. If offered, take advantage of the dogsitting offered by some dog-friendly hotels.
“The Columbia Mountains are the first major barrier to incoming moisture across British Columbia's Interior Plateau. The northern Columbia's which include the Monashees and the Selkriks receive some of Canada's highest annual snowfall amounts.
The ideal atmospheric circulation for heavy snow to the Northern Selkirks is a west to southwest flow. This way moisture off the Pacific Ocean can sneak in between the South Coast Mountains and the Northern Cascades and remain relatively uninterrupted until encountering the Columbia Mountain Range. A southwesterly flow arrives perpendicular to the range and results in maximum orographic lifting. Western Canada's weather pattern is predominantly from the west. This moisture laden southwesterly flow is thus very common, making heavy snowfall a regular occurrence in the Northern Selkirks.
Located smack dab in the middle of the Northern Selkirks sits the Durrand Glacier, Selkirk Mountain Experience's playground. From the Durrand Glacier, several glacial valleys fan out in a variety of orientations including the E-W Carnes Creek, the SE-NW Downie Creek and the NW-SE Woolsey Creek. This medley of drainage orientations promotes convergence for each of the major atmospheric flows which ultimately results in enhanced snowfall. Carnes Creek channels moisture during the predominant west to southwest flow and creates a snow-belt over the Durrand Glacier and its surrounding mountains. Downie Creek promotes enhanced snowfall to the glacier in a northwesterly atmospheric flow while many of the surrounding sub-ranges have become subsident and dry. Additionally, Woolsey Creek allows moisture to be channeled and converge at the southern edge of the glacier during a southerly flow..
The Durrand Glacier thus benefits from the large scale orographic enhancement of the Columbia's as well as the smaller scale chanelling and convergence effects of the various surrounding drainages. Year after year all of these factors combine to give the Durrand Glacier some of the highest annual snowfall amounts while many surrounding ranges experience large seasonal variability. Deep snow is almost guaranteed on the Durrand Glacier!”
"A short clip of Ruedi and Nicoline enjoying the first ski of the season, at the Durrand Glacier
Chalet, on November 1, 2011. We have been very excited for this year's ski season, as we truly believe it is going to be a
great snow year. The snow at the Chalet is already measuring 153 cm of snow pack!", said Ruedi.
Make a trip to the local RV store to procure all the essential materials for maintenance. The necessary items are:
- Cleaning wands for the holding/waste water tank
- A compressed air adapter
- New water filters
- Pliers and wrenches to remove plugs
- RV antifreeze
- Water pump converter and WD-40A water heater bypass will be required, unless it's already installed.
Grab the owner's manual and remember to review all the specifications, even if you have been prudent about maintaining your RV. Don't forget that every RV is different in function and style, so some of us will require additional materials to perform this maintenance and alternate servicing techniques. It may be helpful to employ a partner to assist you during the maintenance process.
Remove all in-line water filters.
Empty out the fresh water tank and the hot water heater, allowing ample time for the water to cool after you have turned off the heater.
Take out the drain plug and undo the pressure relief valve.
Continuing with the draining process, empty out and flush the black and gray wastewater holding tanks. Some RVs have tank flushing systems; if yours does, use it.
Clean the tanks of debris and remnants using your cleaning wands. Remember to leave the valves opened and apply the WD-40 to the termination valves.
Attach the compressed air adapter to the fresh water inlet, setting the compressed air adapter to less than twenty pounds per square inch (PSI).
Make sure to check each faucet one at a time, including the shower and toilet. The compressed air will remove any remaining water.
Use the compressed air adapter to clear out the water heater.
Replace the drain plug and shut the water heater bypass valve.
Detach the compressed air adapter, storing it in a safe place.
Close all opened valves.
Attach the water pump converter, fastening the kit's clear tubing to the pump's inlet side. In the other side, pour the antifreeze.
Turning on the water pump to pressurize the system.
Check every cold and hot valve, opening each slowly until the antifreeze appears.
Afterward, close each valve. Add additional antifreeze, if necessary. Make sure to remember to close the shower valves during this process. The toilet will need to be flushed until you see the antifreeze as well.