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Early Spring Photography Hotspots for Banff – Johnson Lake

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Five days ago I covered Vermilion Lakes and what a fantastic area it is for an early season landscape and nature photographer visiting Banff National Park because of its’ spectacular reflections and views coupled with early season greenery in the shrubs and trees.  Today, I’ll take a look at another local’s favourite, Johnson Lake, which offers more superb views and landscape opportunities, as well as some great spring wildlife viewing and photography.

The East End of Mt Rundle reflected in Johnson Lake, Banff National Park

My favourite location for scenic photos at Johnson Lake in the spring is an early morning reflection from the trail that runs along the northwest side of the lake (accessed directly from the parking lot at the lake).  This just happens to also take you to the best wildlife viewing location, which is a small lagoon about 250 m from the parking lot on the northwest side.  This lagoon is home to nesting loons and grebes each spring and often has a resident muskrat or two swimming around.  If you go sit by the shore and wait quietly, you often get rewarded with some great photo opps.

Happy shooting!

John

Early Spring Photography Hotspots for Banff – Vermilion Lakes

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Hi everyone!  It’s been a great last few days in Banff, with a nice mix of warm weather and sunny skies with a bit of cloud cover. Today is cloudy, but still has some pretty decent light hitting the mountains in the mornings and evenings.

With spring comes the first itchings to get out and get some non-snowy images in the mountain parks and photographers hitting up the Banff area and Banff National Park in the next few weeks have a few great spots they can check out as the ice and snow melts. One of my personal favourites is the Vermilion Lakes area near the Town of Banff.  There are a host of things you can photograph along here, with nature photography hotspots all over the place, including some stunning mountain views at First, Second, and Third Vermilion Lakes, as well as the area between the Second and Third lake.

Mt Rundle and Sulphur Mountain from Third Vermilion Lake in Banff National Park

Early mornings and late evenings are best, which at this time of year, means being there from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., then again from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

The Vermilion Lakes area is one of the first in the Banff area to start greening up, too, so photographers in early May should start seeing some greenery.

Nature photographers can drive along the length of Vermilion Lakes Drive to access any of the photo hotspots.

Happy shooting!

John

Top 5 Best Things to Do in Banff, Alberta With Kids

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Liz Behler
CanadianRockies.net
Staff Writer

The mellow rapids of the Kananaskis River makes it perfect for families.

BANFF, ALBERTA—Canada—Whether you’re long overdue for some family bonding time, or faithfully take a family vacation each year, Banff, Alberta is a great place to plan your next family getaway. To help, we’ve compiled a quick hit list of the top five best things to do in Banff with kids—from scenic float trips down the Kananaskis River to wintertime horse-drawn sleigh rides. Read on as we cut through the clutter, highlighting only the very best things to do in Banff with kids. All that’s left for you to do is pack your family in the car and go.

1. Take a Family-Friendly Float Trip

If the term “whitewater rafting” spurs visions of drenched rafters furiously paddling through eddies, fear not! Alberta, Canada has plenty of more mellow rapids, perfect for families. The Kananaskis River, near Banff, is a dam-controlled river (meaning the water levels are predictable) with Class I and II rapids. The Elbow River—which sports a shallow access point, making it easy for both kids and adults to navigate—is another option, but make sure you plan accordingly. The Elbow River can only be accessed during May and June each year due to water levels.

Planning a side-trip to Jasper? The gentle Athabasca River combines the scenic beauty of the Canadian Rockies with wildlife viewing, all from your raft. For more information about whitewater rafting in Banff, Alberta, visit BanffRafting.org or AlbertaRafting.org, or dial 1-800-519-4770.

2. Get a Bird’s Eye View With a Banff Gondola Ride

Adults and kids alike will enjoy Rocky Mountain views from on high with a Banff Gondola ride. Ride 8 minutes in a safe, fully enclosed passenger gondola as it climbs 2,285 meters to the top of Sulphur Mountain. Once at the top, take in 360-degree views showcasing six separate Canadian Rockies mountain ranges. Located just five minutes from downtown Banff in Banff National Park, the Banff gondola is one of the best ways to see the Canadian Rockies.

3. Take a Wintertime Sleigh Ride in the Canadian Rockies

Experience the magic of winter in the Canadian Rockies with a sleigh ride. Your whole family will enjoy gliding through the stunning, secluded countryside of the Bow River Valley on a one-hour ride in a horse-drawn sleigh. Bringing a baby? Infants 3 and under ride free. Sleigh rides are available every hour, on the hour, 7 days a week with Banff Travel.

4. Get a Different View With a Helicopter Tour of Banff

Fly high in the sky for a different view of the Canadian Rockies with a Banff helicopter sightseeing tour your whole family will love. Get unparalleled views of Cline Glacier, Wilson Glacier or the Columbia Icefields, or if your traveling with kids a bit older, choose a combination helicopter tour that blends bird’s-eye views with seasonal activities like horseback riding or hiking in summer, and skiing or icewalking in winter. Visit BanffTravel.com for more information about the combination helicopter tours offered.

5. Get Out and See the Sites in Banff

Whether you have a couple days or a couple weeks, taking a sightseeing tour can help you make the most of your vacation in Banff, Alberta with your kids. Children of all ages will enjoy visiting new places and learning their history, giving them a deeper understanding of the Canadian Rockies. Discover the stunning blue-green waters of Lake Louise, or visit “the other lake,” the equally beautiful Moraine Lake. See the Columbia Icefields and trek across glacial fields, or choose a tour that combines the beauty of both the mountains and the lakes.

Top 10 Best Things to Do in Banff, Alberta

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Liz Behler
CanadianRockies.net
Staff Writer

BANFF, ALBERTA—Canada—Your plane tickets are bought, your bags are packed, and you can’t wait to touch down in Banff, Alberta to start your Canadian Rockies vacation. But once you hit the ground, do you know what you want to do? From golfing the green to braving the rapids on the Kicking Horse River, we’ve compiled a quick hit list of the top ten best things to do in Banff, Alberta. So, forget the guide books and read on as we cut through the clutter, highlighting only the very best things to do in Banff.

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Wild or mild, there's a river to fit rafters of all levels in Banff, Alberta.

1. Get on the Water for Whitewater Adventure

Whether you prefer your rapids wild or mild, whitewater rafting adventures await you in Banff, Alberta. Thrill seekers will love the non-stop rapids of the famous Kicking Horse River‘s Lower Canyon. For a more beginner-friendly float, try the Kananaskis River, which maintains Class I to II level rapids. The Elbow River and Horseshoe Canyon are two other options for those visiting the Banff, Alberta area.

Heading to Jasper? Experienced rafters should check out Sunwapta River and Fraser River, two rivers known for their more turbulent rapids. Those looking for a family-friendly activity in Jasper can opt instead for the mellow waters of the Athabasca River located in Jasper National Park. For more information about whitewater rafting in Banff, Alberta, visit BanffRafting.org or AlbertaRafting.org, or dial 1-800-519-4770.

2. Get a Bird’s Eye View With a Banff Gondola Ride

Get your Rocky Mountain views from on high with a Banff Gondola ride. Climb 2,285 meters to the top of Sulphur Mountain aboard an 8-minute ride in a fully enclosed passenger gondola. Once at the summit, take in panoramic views showcasing six separate Canadian Rockies mountain ranges. Located just five minutes from downtown Banff in Banff National Park, the Banff gondola is one of the best ways to get a birds eye view of the Canadian Rockies.

3. Soar Through the Trees on a Zipline Tour

Up for an adventure? Feel the wind against your face as you soar through the trees on a zipline tour in Banff National Park with Banff Travel. You’ll feel just like a bird as you zip between cliffs, through lush forests and over roaring rivers. The tour features increasing zipline levels, starting small and building to a final zipline 40 meters high, with speeds reaching up to 70 km an hour.

4. Take a Wintertime Sleigh Ride in the Canadian Rockies

Wintertime is a magical time in the Canadian Rockies, and a horse-drawn sleigh ride is one of the best ways to experience it. See the stunning, secluded countryside of the Bow River Valley on a one-hour tour through snowy woods. Choose from a public ride, or up the romance factor with a sleigh ride for two, complete with chocolate, liquors and robes to keep you snuggled up and warm. Sleigh rides are available every hour, on the hour, 7 days a week with Banff Travel.

ATV Tour in Banff Alberta with Banff Travel

Get off road with an ATV tour in Banff, Alberta.

5. Go Off-Road on an ATV Tour in Banff National Park

This is nothing like driving to and from your 9 to 5. Go off-road and into nature with an ATV tour through Banff National Park. Outfitter Banff Travel offers several options for 4X4 adventurers, including visiting a 1900’s silver mine, climbing 2,745 meters to take in mountaintop views, and crossing through the Kicking Horse River to see the beautiful Wapta Falls.

6. Mush Through The Wilderness with a Dogsledding Tour

What better way to see the beauty of the Canadian Rockies than with man’s best friend by your side? With a dogsledding tour in Banff National Park, you’ll drive your own team of Huskies through the spectacular wilderness of the Canadian Rockies. This ultimate backcountry adventure will stay with you, long after your vacation is over.

7. Tee Off with Banff Golfing

Pack your clubs and prepare to tee off at a Banff area golf course. With more than 275 golf courses in Alberta alone, the Canadian Rockies are a top destination for golfers. The challenging Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course, a breathtaking valley course designed by Stanley Thompson, one of Canada’s top golf architects, is a must-see for any golf enthusiast.

8. Fly High With a Helicopter Tour of Banff

Get off the ground and in the air for a different view of the Canadian Rockies with a Banff helicopter sightseeing tour. Get a bird’s eye view of Cline Glacier, Wilson Glacier or the Columbia Icefields, or choose a combination helicopter tour that blends sky-high views with seasonal activities like horseback riding, yoga, and hiking in summer, and skiing and icewalking in winter. Visit BanffTravel.com for more information about the combination helicopter tours offered.

Lake Louise in Banff National Park, Banff, Alberta

Stunning Lake Louise is one of the top destinations for visitors to Banff, Alberta.

9. Get Out and See the Sites in Banff

There’s so much to see and do in Banff, Alberta. Make the most of your time with a sightseeing tour with Banff Travel. Discover the stunning blue-green waters of Lake Louise, or visit “the other lake,” the equally beautiful Moraine Lake. See the Columbia Icefields and trek across glacial fields, or choose a tour that combines the beauty of the mountains and the lakes.

10. Go for a Hike in Banff National Park

Strap on your hiking boots for an outdoor adventure in Banff National Park. Breathe in the fresh mountain air and take in the stunning scenic views on a rejuvenating nature hike. Nervous to go it alone? Join a tour with Banff Travel for a guided hiking, trekking or walking excursion in the Canadian Rockies. Choose from a single day or multi-day hike, where you’ll learn the fundamentals of mountain safety.

Want more information on the best things to do in Banff, Alberta? Visit BanffTravel.com, the official discount provider for tours, activities, and accommodations in the Canadian Rockies.

Best time for Flower Photography in the Canadian Rockies

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I know, I know, it’s the middle of winter and already I’m here to talk about summer.  But the fact is that a lot of you photographers out there are already planning your summer vacations and many of you want to know when the best times to be here in the Canadian Rockies are if your primary goal is to photograph wildflowers in the landscape.

Wildflowers at Sunshine Meadows, Mt Assiniboine Provincial Park, BC

Wildflowers at Sunshine Meadows, Mt Assiniboine Provincial Park, BC

Given the snowpack this year, which is not particularly deep compared to last year, I’d put our best guess for the peak of wildflower photography to be sometime between July 25th and August 5th this summer.  The peak tends to be pretty uniform across the parks, from Jasper to Banff and even south into Kananaskis Country and Kootenay National Park.  You can expect roadside flowers to start peaking in mid to late July, with the true carpets of alpine flowers beginning in that last week of July in places like Sunshine Meadows, the Tonquin Valley (Jasper National Park) and the Rockwall (Kootenay National Park).

Happy shooting!

John

PS – interested in joining me for an incredible wildflower photography workshop experience?  Consider my heli-hiking flower photography workshop in August in the BC Rockies.

Waterton National Park Trail Condition Report

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Trail Condition Report

Waterton Lakes National Park of Canada

Updated: Monday, April 16, 2012

Waterton Lakes National Park Trail Conditions Report

This report is typically updated Thursday or Friday, so some conditions may no longer be entirely accurate. Urgent trail conditions, warnings and closures will be updated more often.

For specific or current information, please call 403-859-5133 (Monday to Friday – 8 am to 4 pm)

The backcountry in national parks is managed as a natural area, and as such many natural hazards exist. Backcountry travelers are responsible for their own decisions and safety – becoming well informed is a good start.

Waterton – Ski Trails
Condition Comments

Dipper Ski Trail
Poor / Fair Late season conditions

Cameron Ski Trail
Poor / Fair Late season conditions

Yoho National Park Trail Condition Report


Trail Condition Report

Yoho National Park of Canada

Updated: Monday, April 16, 2012

Trails are no longer being groomed for this season.

Emerald Lake: Open water and thin ice. Please stay off the lake.

Takakkaw Falls and Lake O`Hara Campgrounds are backcountry campgrounds in the winter. Wilderness Pass required. Please contact Field Visitor Centre: 250-343-6783.

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Winter Hiking Emerald Lake Area
Condition Comments

Hamilton Falls
Fair Icy sections, cleats recommended

Emerald Lake Shoreline Trail
Not recommended Avalanche Terrain
Ungroomed Cross-country Ski/Snowshoe Trails
Condition Comments

Lake O`Hara Fireroad
Fair / Good Skier tracked. Dogs allowed.

Great Divide (1A)
Fair / Good Ski tracked

Emerald River Trail
Fair Late season – variable conditions.

Wapta Falls
Fair / Poor Icy/Slushy

Sherbrooke Lake
Fair / Good Snowshoeing recommended

Ottertail Trail
Fair / Good Avalanche Terrain

Chancellor Peak Campground Road
Fair / Poor Icy/Slushy

Peaceful Pond (new access route to Emerald Lake and Alluvial Fan trails)
Fair / Poor Snowshoeing recommended

Ross Lake Circuit
Fair Late season – variable conditions.
Groomed Cross-country Ski Trails
Condition Comments

Yoho Valley Road
Fair / Poor Late season – variable conditions.

Field Information Centre/Tally-Ho to Natural Bridge
Fair / Poor Late season – variable conditions.

Kicking Horse Trail
Fair / Poor Late season – variable conditions.

Emerald Connector
Fair / Poor Late season – variable conditions.

Emerald Lake Horse Trail
Fair / Poor Late season – variable conditions.

Emerald Alluvial Fan Loop
Fair / Poor Late season – variable conditions.

Emerald Lake
Open water and thin ice on the lake.

Kootenay National Park Trail Condition Report

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Trail Condition Report

Kootenay National Park of Canada

Updated: Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Trail conditions at Kootenay National Park are typical for this time of year. Watch out for ice, especially at higher elevations. Use caution when skiing or snowshoeing in these areas.

Check avalanche reports regularly. XyX://avalanche.pc.gc.ca/bulletin-eng.aspx?m=1&d=TODAY&r=1

Radium Hot Springs – Sinclair Pass Area
Condition Comments

Juniper
Icy conditions COUGAR WARNING

Kimpton Creek
Winter conditions Icy sections. Snow at higher elevations.

Kindersley Pass
Winter conditions Snowbound. Avalanche Danger.

Sinclair Creek
Winter conditions Icy sections. Snow at higher elevations.

Valley View
Fair Icy sections.

Sinclair Canyon
Icy conditions COUGAR WARNING

Redstreak Creek
Winter conditions Icy sections. Snow at higher elevations.

Redstreak Campground Trail
Fair COUGAR WARNING
Kootenay River Area
Condition Comments

Cobb Lake
Fair / Good Snowshoeing recommended

Dog Lake
Fair / Good Snowshoeing recommended

East Kootenay
Fair / Good Skier tracked. Dogs allowed.

Dolly Varden / Luxor Pass
No report Snowbound. Avalanche terrain.

West Kootenay
Fair / Good Skier tracked. Dogs allowed.

Hector Gorge
Fair / Good Snowshoeing recommended

Simpson River
Fair / Good Skier tracked. Dogs allowed.
Vermilion Pass Area
Condition Comments

Stanley Glacier
Fair / Good Snowshoeing recommended

Tokumm Creek / Prospector’s Valley
No report Snowbound. Avalanche Danger.

Marble Canyon
Fair / Good Snowshoeing recommended

Paint Pots
Fair / Good Snowshoeing recommended

Paint Pots to Marble Canyon
Fair / Good Snowshoeing recommended

Fireweed Loops
Fair / Good Snowshoeing recommended

Jasper National Park Trail Condition Report

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Trail Condition Report

Jasper National Park of Canada

Updated: Monday, April 16, 2012

Here in the Canadian Rockies we’re seeing longer days but still lots of snow at elevation. In the valley we have a mix of snow, ice, slush, and puddles, depending on the time of day.We appreciate any trail reports.A wolf warning is still in place on the Pyramid Bench and adjacent areas. Please report all wolf sightings to Jasper Dispatch at 780-852-6155. Check the  avalanche bulletin  if you`re planning to travel in the backcountry. If you have trail experiences and conditions to share please  email us or leave a message on 780-852-6177.

For public safety or resource conservation reasons, Parks Canada may impose trail warnings, closures or restrictions.  Check our important bulletins page to see  the latest updates. Please report trail conditions to jnp.info@pc.gc.ca .

Help us provide the best trail info! Email jnp.info@pc.gc.ca or post your latest trip news on the Jasper Trail Alliance Facebook Page.

THERE WILL BE NO MORE TRACKSETTING AS OF MARCH 23RD.

Cross-Country SkiingWinter skiing tracksetting finished as of March 23.
Condition Comments

Whistlers Campground – Skating lane & classic trackset Mar 22 – Wolf Warning
. Late season conditions

Whirlpool/Moab Lake Trail – trackset Mar 8
. Late season conditions

Leach Lake Trail – Trackset Feb 28 skating lane only
. Late season conditions

Geraldine Fire Road Tackset Feb 6
. Late season conditions

Wabasso Campground – Skating & classic lanes trackset Mar 7
. Late season conditions

Pyramid Fire Road – Trackset Mar 14
. Late season conditions

Pipeline Trail – Trackset Mar 15
. Late season conditions

Summit Lakes Trackset Mar 2
. Late season conditions

Edith Cavell Road trackset classic & skating Mar 14
. Late season conditions

Athabasca Falls Loop (no dogs) – Trackset Feb 6
. Late season conditions
Hiking/Snowshoeing/Ungroomed Cross-country skiingWarmer spring weather is changing trail conditions daily. Cleats are recommended on most local walking trails. A wolf warning remains in place for Pyramid Bench and adjacent areas. Please refer to the link attached to specific trails and please report all wolf sightings to Jasper Dispatch at 780-852-6155. Use caution on stairs at Maligne Canyon and Old Fort Point as early season icy conditions persist.
Condition Comments

Pyramid Trail – Wolf Warning
Late season – variable conditions. Combinations of compact snow, ice and mud.

Mina Lakes-Riley Lake Loop – wolf warning
. Late season – variable conditions.

Trail 2 – Wolf Warning
. Late season – variable conditions.

Patricia Lake Circle – wolf warning
Late season – variable conditions. Combinations of compact snow, ice and mud.

Maligne Canyon
Late season – variable conditions. Stairs and bridges in the canyon may be slippery. Proceed with caution.

Signal Fire Road
Late season – variable conditions. Combinations of compact snow, ice and mud.

Valley of the Five Lakes
Late season – variable conditions. Combinations of compact snow, ice and mud.

Wabasso Lake
Late season – variable conditions. Combinations of compact snow, ice and mud.

Bald Hills Lookout
Late season – variable conditions. Combinations of compact snow, ice and mud.
Backcountry TrailsWinter conditions and avalanche hazards persist at higher elevations throughout the park. Please consult the Canadian Avalanche Centre’s website at; XyX://www.avalanche.ca/ for currents and avalanche information.
Condition Comments

 

Banff National Park Trail Condition Report

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Trail Condition Report

Banff National Park of Canada

Updated: Monday, April 16, 2012

Banff trail conditions are variable this time of year. Expect icy, slushy, wet and muddy conditions.

Lake Louise Village has approximately 100 cm of settled snow as of March 27, and between 160 – 170 cm at higher elevations.  After an incredible run of winter weather, it’s finally spring, so expect variable conditions.

For detailed information, please call Banff 403-762-1550 or Lake Louise 403-522-3833.

Hiking/Showshoeing: Banff Townsite

GENERAL CONDITIONS: Variable spring conditions – compact snow and icy conditions becoming slushy, wet and muddy throughout the day.

Condition Comments

Sundance Trail to Sundance Canyon
Poor Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections

Tunnel Mountain Drive
Fair Icy sections.

Tunnel Mountain Summit
Poor Compact snow with icy sections. Cleats recommended.

Hoodoos Viewpoint
Poor Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections

Marsh Loop
Poor Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections

Fenland Trail
Poor Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections
Hiking/Snowshoeing : Lake Minnewanka & Norquay

GENERAL CONDITIONS: Variable spring conditions – compact snow and icy conditions becoming slushy, wet and muddy throughout the day.

Condition Comments

Stewart Canyon Trail
Poor Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections

Stoney Squaw
Poor Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections

Johnson Lake Trail
Poor Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections
Hiking / Snowshoeing: Bow Valley Parkway / Castle Junction Area

GENERAL CONDITIONS: Variable spring conditions – compact snow and icy conditions becoming slushy, wet and muddy throughout the day.

Condition Comments

Ink Pots via Moose Meadows Trail
Fair Compact snow with icy sections.

Johnston Canyon Trail
Fair / Poor Compact snow with icy sections. Cleats recommended.
Cross-Country Skiing : Banff Area Trails

GENERAL CONDITIONS: Variable spring conditions – compact snow and icy sections becoming slushy throughout the day. No recent tracksetting.

Condition Comments

Cascade Valley – Lake Minnewanka to Cascade River Bridge
Poor / Fair Skier tracked. NO Dogs Allowed.

Cascade Valley – Cascade River Bridge to Stoney Creek Bridge
Fair Skier tracked. NO Dogs Allowed.

Spray River Trail West
Poor Skier tracked. NO Dogs Allowed.

Spray River Trail East
Poor Skier tracked. NO Dogs Allowed.

Goat Creek
Poor Skier tracked. NO Dogs Allowed.

Healy Creek
Poor Skier tracked. Dogs allowed.

Brewster Creek
Poor Skier tracked. Dogs allowed.
Crosscountry Skiing: Castle Junction Area Trails

CONDITIONS: Spring conditions, no recent tracksetting. PLANNED TRACKSETTING: Finished for the season. CLOSURES: Protection Mountain Campground loop closed due to tree removal, but an extra 2 km of trail east of there (under the powerline) has been trackset.

Condition Comments

Baker Creek to Protection Mountain
Fair Icy sections.

Castle Junction
Fair Icy sections.

Redearth Creek
Fair Skier tracked. NO Dogs Allowed.
Cross-Country Skiing: Lake Louise Area Trails

CONDITIONS: Spring conditions, tracksetting is finished for this season. We had rain on April 12. Waxless skis recommended. RECENT GROOMING: April 9: Moraine Lake road (skating lane only). April 7: Moraine Lake road (classic and skating). April 6: 1A, Upper & Lower Telemark, Peyto, Upper Tramline, Fairview, Pipestone loops, Shoreline and lake Trail. PLANNED GROOMING: Finished for the season.

Condition Comments

Upper Tramline
Fair Skier tracked. NO Dogs Allowed.

Great Divide
Fair Skier tracked. NO Dogs Allowed.

Fairview Loop
Fair Skier tracked. NO Dogs Allowed.

Pipestone Loops
Poor Ski tracked. Dogs allowed.

Bow River Loop
Poor Skier tracked. Dogs allowed.

Lake Louise Shoreline
Fair / Poor Skier tracked. Dogs allowed.

Upper Telemark Loop
Fair Skier tracked. NO Dogs Allowed.

Lower Telemark Loop
Fair Skier tracked. NO Dogs Allowed.

Lower Tramline
Poor Skier tracked. NO Dogs Allowed.

Moraine Lake Road
Fair Skier tracked. NO Dogs Allowed.

Peyto
Fair Skier tracked. NO Dogs Allowed.

Campground Loop
Poor Skier tracked. Dogs allowed.
Hiking/Snowshoeing : Lake Louise Area

GENERAL CONDITIONS: Off trail snowshoe conditions are excellent at all elevations, especially for this time of year. However, if temperatures warm up, snow may become isothermic. Snow depths range from almost 100 cm in the village to 160 cm at higher elevations.

Condition Comments

Lake Louise Lakeshore
Good Compact snow with icy sections.

“Highline” Trail to Paradise trail
Good Compact snow

Louise Creek
Good Compact snow with icy sections.

Fairview Lookout
Good Compact snow with icy sections.

Mirror Lake
Good Compact snow with icy sections.