About Donna

A Canmore local who's been living the dream the Bow Valley for 20+ years. Outdoor enthusiast, mother of two kids and married, she hopes by sharing her love of the area, you too will fall in love with Canmore, Banff and Kananaskis areas. Donna also recently published the "Out'n About" fun and friendly guide book to Banff and Canmore - her second edition.

Plain of Six Glaciers at Lake Louise…a Classic!

For anyone visiting in the next few weeks while it’s still warm, a trip out to Lake Louise and a moderate hike up to see the Plain of Six Glaciers is a must-do. Went up yesterday and the glaciers are “calving” like crazy. Big chunks of snow and ice cascade down the cliffs making a tremendous thundering sound — be quick with the camera as the sound comes after the avalanche in most cases. Flowers still abound along the trail and Lake Louise with the Chateau in the distance is sure a pretty sight to see. Enjoy!

Another Great Hike Idea for a Hot Day!

Check out Jura Creek and Canyon out on Hwy #1A just 2.4 km east of Exshaw – park on the south side of the highway at the Greymont cement plant entrance. You’ll see the dirt trail directly across the road that leads up and into the cool, watery canyon. Wear sturdy sandals to enjoy sloshing, rock hopping and crossing log jams up through the creek as you head into a pretty little valley. Near the end of the trail, keep right.  Where the trail seems to end you can climb a small steep bouldery section and see ancient first nations pictographs there. A new favourite of ours. Kids and dogs love it too! (2-4 hrs, 7 km round trip, easy, no elevation gain). >DS

The start of the creek leading into the canyon

Canyon fun.

Wading up the canyon

Trailhead across the highway from where you park

25C and sunny – A dam ruins hideaway day perhaps?

Beat the heat today and check out the hidden dam ruins pools and little waterfall today. Excusion #36 in the “Out’n About” guide book, this easy walk that starts up in the Canmore Three Sisters subdivision is sure to be a hit with families with kids of all ages looking for fun day to escape and relax. Take a picnic and go! >DS 

Time for Chester??

Want to do a moderate hike that’ll take you breath away and indulge your inner flower power passions? Ok then, Chester Lake is in full bloom now and literally is a must do while visiting over the next few weeks. Grab my Out’n About – a fun and friendly guide to Banff & Canmore book available in most book and sports stores and many premier resorts and hotels in the area and GO!!  >DS

Chester Lake views

Oh Canada Day … Eh!

Coming to Banff or Canmore for Canada Day Celebrations July 1st? Good choice as there’s nothing more fun than our parades, free pancake breakfasts and small western town hospitality eh!  Fireworks usually start about 11pm, once it gets dark. See you out’n about! >DS

Johnston Canyon Photo Ops

It was a great day to visit Johnston Canyon today. The water flow is amazing, the crowds still relatively light and the weekend might be your last opportunity to enjoy it before the summer season starts in full swing. See you Out’n About! >DS

Father’s Day Car Show in Canmore

Hey Dads! If you’re in Banff or Canmore this weekend celebrating Father’s Day, head on over with the family to our annual Father’s Day vintage car show in Canmore’s Centennial Park while you’re out’n about!  Best of all it’s FREE! (not the cars silly, the admission). Happy Father’s Day >DS

Meet the Author! Get a Signed Book!!

Ok, this is gratuitous advertising for my new “Out’n About – A Fun and Friendly Guide to Banff & Canmore” guide book but hey, it’s a great book and getting lots of good press and feedback, so why not. :-)  I’ve been invited back by Cafe Books on Main Street in Canmore this coming Saturday June 16th and Sunday June 17th from 11 am to 4 pm to do another book signing! They agree it’s a must-have guide book to give our visitors the inside scoop on great things to do in and around Banff and Canmore. 

Added bonus: This is also Canmore’s ArtSpeak Festival weekend with tons of great activities for visitors to enjoy, so don’t miss it. See you “out’n about”. > DonnaS

Join the Bike Ride Tribute from Canmore to Banff this Sunday

Canmore is hosting the 8th annual bike ride in memory of Isabelle Dube — a Canmore local who’s tragic death prompted an annual cycle tribute in her honour. Dube was an avid cyclist who competed in endurance races such as the World Solo 24 Hours of Adrenaline Championships and the TransRockies Challenge race.  Cyclists will meet in the Canmore Public Library parking lot this Sunday June 3rd at noon. The route goes through the streets of Canmore, continues through Harvey Heights, and heads into Banff via the new Legacy trail. Participants will finish at the gazebo in Banff Central Park. RCMP will be escorting the bicyclers the entire ride. Don’t have a bike? You can rent one at Trail Sports up at the Nordic Centre or down at Gear Up on Bow Valley Trail. Meet new friends and enjoy the Legacy Trail – one of our “must-do” Banff/Canmore excursions!

Memorial Day Weekend in Banff or Canmore?

Welcome to all US visitors here over the US Memorial Day long weekend! A few ideas for you: Check out the “Buy Local” trade fair at the Canmore Rec Centre, bike ride the Legacy Trail, hike up Grotto Canyon or explore the Hoodoos or the secret Billy Carver pioneer cabin near Johnson Lake.

Meeting a Mountie at Canmore’s NWMP Barracks Museum

Pick up my “Out’n About” Banff & Canmore” guide book for more great ideas on stuff to do. Available at most Canmore book and sports stores and the Art in the Park show beside the NWMP Barracks in Canmore — you may even meet a real Mountie – or, in Banff at the Explorerockies, Friends of Banff, Banff Mountain Art and Indian Trading Post stores. Be sure to end the day by toasting our allied armed forces troops at the Banff or Canmore Legion Halls. Enjoy!