All posts in the Hikes category

Finding Gold in the Rockies

While cooler temperatures at night have most people thinking of curling up with a good book and cozy sweaters, true outdoors enthusiasts know that these cooler temperatures bring about the perfect conditions for fall hiking and photo-worthy views: light dustings of snow on the mountain tops, lingering twilights, and best of all? Changing leaves on mountain slopes. While Alberta doesn’t have the autumnal reds that you can find in Eastern Canada, we are pretty fond of the colours that we do have: the flaming orange/reds

Hike Canada’s Highest Pass

This season we have put a twist on one of our classic KO tours. How did we do that you ask? Well, we made it even easier for you to get out and hike on the Highwood Pass. We have added a new member to the Kananaskis Outfitters team: Big Bertha! Big Bertha is our brand new passenger van, so we can now shuttle adventurers from our shop in the Kananaskis Village, right up to the top of the Highwood Pass for their hike. Let’s

How To Hike Safely in Kananaskis

Hiking is a fantastic way to get outside and enjoy Alberta’s beautiful backyard! Obviously, we are partial to the hiking trails in Kananaskis, but there are just so many incredible places to explore! No matter where you are hiking, there are certain things to take into consideration and certain things to plan for to make sure that you have the most enjoyable experience possible. Check out our top five list of things you need to do and know before heading out hiking: 1.Research Your Route

Snowshoeing in Kananaskis

Snowshoeing is a method of transportation that has been around for about 4000 years, but in the last couple of years, it has definitely gained a lot of popularity! A lot of this popularity is probably because of how accessible snowshoeing is for the vast majority of people, and also how snowshoes have become easy to wear and use. Originally designed by the necessities of living in a snow-covered world, nowadays, people mostly snowshoe for fun. Snowshoeing turns hiking into a year-round activity. Snowshoes no longer

Photographing the Aurora Borealis

Our winter tours kicked off last week with our first Stargazing hike of the season, timed to coincide with the Orionid meteor shower. The evening went flawlessly, with completely clear skies and everyone getting the chance to see multiple meteors and the Milky Way overhead. It was the perfect way to start the season of stargazing.  We like to time our tours to correspond with space events, things like meteor showers or peak nights for the Northern Lights. We always welcome cameras on our hikes

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