Quick Stats: Ha Ling Peak Location: Around an hour's drive from Calgary, Alberta, in the Canmore area just outside Banff National Park. Elevation: 2481 metres Round-trip time: 3-4 hours Difficulty: Easy (a great scramble for those who are nervous about heights!) Height gain: 816 . . .
Quick Stats: Mount Baldy Location: One hour away from Calgary, Alberta, in Kananaskis Country just outside Banff National Park. Elevation: 2193 metres Round-trip time: 4-6 hours Difficulty: Moderate (due to the crux, which is about 2/3rds of the way to the peak and is avoidable) Height gain: . . .
Calgary Pros: 1-hour drive from Banff and the Canadian Rockies, plenty of sun, decent biking infrastructure, plenty of veg-friendly restaurants, well-connected airport. Cons: Seen as an oil capital, unemployment is on the rise (thanks to said reliance on oil), the Calgary Stampede . . .
As the second-largest country in the world (geographically), and with a population of just 35-million, Canada has a lot of open space. Given its size, it's also incredibly diverse. Canada has an enormous offering of hiking options, and hiking in Canada is attracting more and more travellers to . . .
"You're staying in the field, so we should let you know about the grizzly," the park ranger says as he hands us a couple of brochures about keeping a "bare" campsite. It turns out that it's calving season for the elk here, and the elk love to hang out in the field where we're staying. This is . . .