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The Day Barrier Lake got Drained

Some of you may have noticed that Barrier Lake is looking lower than usual this summer. This question comes up a lot around the shop and at the beach: “Where did all the water go?” Our stock answer is that the water level was lowered for flood mitigation purposes. The long answer is that TransAlta was paid $5.5 million to divert water through the spillway rather than store it in the reservoir for hydroelectric power generation. They are letting it fill as fast as they

Hikes we Love: Wasootch Peak

This hike delivers rad views and a solid calf workout. Watsootch Peak is so close to Kananaskis Village, if you’ve driven past the village sign you’ve gone too far. This easy scramble is perfect for people staying at the village looking to bag a quick peak. A roadside gravel pullout north of the Kananaskis Village sign on the east side of Hwy 40 is where your adventure begins. Once at the summit, I find all fatigue from climbing disappears Hike out of the ditch and

Hikes we Love: Prairie View Fire Lookout/Jewell Pass

This hike is a fairly easy 15-km loop that starts from the Barrier Dam parking lot. It is suitable for those looking for a half-day hike who are willing to drive about 15 minutes from Kananaskis Village. (On a bike, I would classify this as a third of a day). The trail is gentle with gradual elevation gain—300 m over 8 km. To access the trailhead from Kananaskis Village, head back out to Highway 40 and go left (south) towards the Trans-Canada Highway. After about

You are an Onion: How to layer in the mountains

When dressing for outdoor adventures in the mountains, think of yourself as an onion—you smell bad and you make people cry. Just kidding; but I like to use the onion reference because onions have many layers, and of course because who doesn’t enjoy a Shrek reference? Having the appropriate clothing when outdoors in the mountains is imperative as we are prone to getting weather from all seasons in one day: sun, wind, rain, snow, hail (and yes, it’s a day in mid-July). Always be prepared

Hikes we Love: Wasootch Ridge

If you’re looking for a hike with early rewards, Wasootch Ridge is the trail for you (it’s pet friendly, too!). Wasootch Ridge is classified as an intermediate hike as it begins fairly steep for a few kilometres. The views appear almost instantly and you can admire gorgeous vistas for the rest of the hike once you hit the top of the ridge where the trail levels out. This hike gives you the luxury to choose how long you want to spend on the trail. It