Nature + Environment

Celebrating the wild wonder of our local flora, fauna and environment.

Haggis With Hector

Grab a scotch and celebrate a great Scot! It’s almost Robbie Burns days, so we celebrate with some tales of James Hector and his fine adventures.

Protect the Source

Sarah Elmeligi takes us back to the 2013 flood, reminding us that when it comes to conservation we must demand change and refuse to settle for anything less.

Seedy: The Underbelly of a Revolution

Get the dirty on the local food scene here in the Bow Valley. Buying local and eating local is on the rise, and we’ve got all the details.

Signs, Signs, Everywhere A Sign

Sometimes a small reminder is all you need to refresh your bear-awareness before heading into the backcountry. For this mountain girl, her reminder came from a grizzly bear itself!

Gone Squirrely

Forget about girls gone wild – we’ve got squirrels gone wild, Banff style!

Five Lessons Learned from the 2013 Flood

As we prepare for the 2014 spring melt, it’s good to remember the 2013 floods and review the important lessons that we learned last year.

Ticks Easin’

As the weather warms and the fuzzy purple crocuses come into full bloom, mountain people everywhere run for cover, paralyzed with fear. Why, you say?

What’s the Difference Between a Raven and a Crow?

Call a Canuck a Yank or a Kiwi an Aussie, and you’re sure to get a reaction. Call a Raven a Crow, and he might just tell you to f’CAW.

Snowpack Revelations

The first day of 2014 found Chloe Vance in the backcountry. Standing on the precipice of another new year, she began to dig through the diverse accumulation of her personal past year’s “snowpack.”

Wisdom from Wounds

On December 1, 2011 a group of experienced skiers and snowboarders set out into the backcountry of Rogers Pass, BC.

Having Sex For a Month Straight is No Bull

The Rut is on baby! And in celebration of Elk Rut 2013, Niki Wilson shares an open letter to bull elk.

Larch Madness!

CODE YELLOW! It’s that two-week period in September where the larch trees are basically the best things since Birkenstocks.

What’s in a name?

Why is it called Lost Horse Creek? And how did Committee Punch Bowl get its name? Learn more about places in the Rockies and how they got their titles.

Research in the Rockies: The Big, Bad Wolverine

Canmorite Sarah Elmeligi does some research on the big, bad wolverine while working on her PhD.

Wildlife Corridors: Passageways of the Rockies

A look into corridors and what they do for wildlife.

Hiking Windtower: One of the Best Viewpoints in Kananaskis Country

By guest writer, Craig Copeland The Windtower — if you glimpse it while driving the Trans-Canada just south of Canmore — looms like a monster in a child’s nightmare. It’s so sharp and vertical that hiking to the summit seems laughably impossible. Yet Windtower is hikeable from the other side. Starting at Spray Lakes Reservoir, a trail ascends to West…

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Getting to Know the American Dipper

I’ve had a few conversations lately with people who either love or hate a particular species of bird.

Voices of Adventure: Behind the Scenes with Geoff Powter

It requires a unique combination of talents and guts to conduct an engaging, live interview on stage in front of a crowd of 330 people. As a writer, climber and psychologist, Geoff Powter has perhaps the perfect blend of skills and experience to pull it off. One of my favourite events at the Banff Mountain Book and Film Festival each year…

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Two Biologists and a Boy: Under Alar’s Spell

Dylan lays in front of a lichen-speckled grey rock, his head resting on an old canvas army bag. Spread around him are the contents of the bag: an old tin, a tattered black and white picture of Mount Columbia, a bone-covered jackknife, and a very old black and brass telescope. Behind him, Parkers Ridge is lit by thousands of fuzzy…

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Two Biologists and a Boy: The Long Way Home

A couple of weeks ago, a young male elk ran us off the trail. It was the first time I’’ve been threatened by an animal while hiking with my son Dylan, and the only time I’’ve ever popped the safety off of my bear spray. It happened when Dylan and I were hiking with a friend, Tracy, and her daughter,…

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