HIKING CANADA

Squamish

Stawamus chief trail 

Google Maps parking location, with toilets
GPS route tracked with our Garmin watch

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Summary

We were here 11 march 2019

 

The first part of the trail consists of steps which can ice up severely in winter. Basic knowledge of crampons or microtracks is advisable in this case. If you are looking for a fun half day hike with a lot of variety to get your heart pumping, this is definitely one we recommend. Even when there is a lot of snow laying around. Keep in mind though that this is a trail that gets very crowded in summer, because it is close to Squamish.

 

Details

Distance: 7,5 km

Elevation gain: 620 m

Type: Loop

Price: Null

Trail description


WHAT?

In the beginning the path is really well marked with boardwalks. Follow the stawamus chief trail. When turning of to the 3rd peak path it becomes a more natural trail with tree markers for indication. A bit of scrambling is required to reach the top. Coming back down over the 2nd and 1st peak trails involves some careful steps with slick rock, a ladder and some chains. In winter this trail tends to ice up and crampons or microspikes are not misplaced at all!


WHY?

This trail leads you through a beautiful forest with supposedly grand views off the top. We didn't see anything due to the snow falling, but it was still a lot of fun! Even snowed in, this forest walk was magical.
 

Gear up with

  • Crampons, microspikes or yaktrax when it is freezing outside

 

Jasper National Park

Upper and lower moose lake trail

On this page you can find a bit more info about the trail

Google Maps parking location, with toilets

GPS route tracked with our Garmin watch

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We were here 24 march 2019

Depending on the time of year this trail is either really easy or a little more difficult. During winter potholing in the snow makes this walk more intense. The trail is well marked and it is easy to make your own adjustments along the way. If you are looking for a nice few hours hiking with two beautiful lakes to look at, we would recommend this trip.

 

Details

Distance: 6,2 km

Elevation gain: 87 m

Type: Loop

Price: 136 CAD, included in our annual Canadian ‘Discovery Pass

Trail description


WHAT?

We chose to follow the Upper Moose Lake trail first as it was the first path we encountered while walking along Maligne Lake. This trail ascends steadily until you reach Moose Lake. Try to be as quite as possible as you might actually encounter Moose here. We didn’t but then again we were very unlucky in the whole of Canada. The path levels out when moving around the Moose Lake and then slowly starts descending in the direction of Maligne Lake. At Maligne Lake start heading back to the parking lot over level ground. Depending on the winter, this trail can still be full of snow in early spring. When this is the case expect some potholing and slipping, or just plan to strap on the snowshoes.


WHY?

The Moose Lake trails are a fun and easy hike. Plus you have a chance of spotting the elusive moose in addition to caribou, elk, deer and other smaller wildlife. If the wildlife itself keeps hidden, the multitude of tracks give you enough inspiration to wonder what animal passed in the recent past. Jasper National Park is a beautiful destination in any season. We visited in early spring. In our case, all the lakes were still completely frozen and snow-covered most of the trails. This just added to the raw beauty though. Mind you, big parts of the park will be closed during this period, but the crowds are non-existing as well.  
 

Jasper National Park

Maligne Canyon

On this page you can find a bit more info about the trail

Google Maps parking location, with toilets
GPS route tracked with our Garmin watch

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Summary

We were here 26 march 2019

 

An easy stroll for the whole family over paved paths. If you are looking to catch a fresh nose and see a cool canyon in the process this is the one for you. Not hard in any way but still fun. And if the paths are frosted up in winter you are in for an extra fun threat with some downhill skating.

 

Details

Distance: 2,8 km

Elevation gain: 114 m

Type: Out and back

Price: 136 CAD, entry included in our annual Canadian ‘Discovery Pass

Trail description


WHAT?

From the parking lot we just followed one of the paths that lead to bridge 2 and further down till we eventually hit bridge 6. It is such an easy and touristic path to follow that it is impossible to get lost here. For that reason, we don’t exactly know anymore which bridges we took going down and coming back up and so we can’t give you any proper directions. Basically, just go for a stroll and have some fun on this easy peasy walk. You will find a basic map of the canyon at the parking lot which can help you navigate a bit. In winter (if you are lucky) this path freezes over and you can skate down for most of the way!! 


WHY?

In winter (if you are lucky) this path freezes over and you can skate down for most of the way! It is so much fun gliding down the path, so try it out for sure. The views of the canyon also make this short and easy hike worthwhile. In March there were still a lot of frozen waterfalls that were gorgeous to look at.

Lake Louise

Mirror Lake

Google Maps HUGE parking location, with warm toilets and drinking water

GPS route tracked with our Garmin watch

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We were here 29 march 2019

 

For us, this was not the most interesting hike around Lake Louise. The beehive is cool but most of the trail was quite similar and mirror lake was snowed in. There are a lot of beautiful places around Lake Louise and we suggest checking them out first. It is an easy and obvious path for those who want to check it out anyway.

 

Details

Distance: 6,27 km

Elevation gain: 285 m

Type: Out and Back

Price: 136 CAD, entry included in our annual canadian ‘Discovery Pass

Trail description


WHAT?

From the parking lot move towards the crowd that is standing on or beside Lake Louise taking pictures. Walk past them to the right and follow along the paved path. You will walk past the big hotel and see a signpost at the end of the walkway guiding towards ‘Mirror Lake’. Start walking uphill and keep a sustainable ascend on a well developed path that snakes up. Keep it up until you hit the lake. It is possible to push further up to the Beehive, but we didn’t have time to check this out. This path can be quite slippery when it has snowed, so watch out.


WHY?

Lake Louise itself was quite beautiful to look at, even when frozen over. You just need to be prepared for a lot of people enjoying the view with you. There is not much to see on the trail itself here, but mirror lake has a nice backdrop. The beehive is definitely a funny shaped hill. Normally it is possible to lose a big chunk of the crowds by getting some steps in. We hope this also works in the Lake Louise area, but since we were there in winter we can’t really confirm this theory.