Movember Man Up Party!

November can get dark, cold and you can get caught up waiting and just dreaming of ski season being in full swing. While you’re waiting to hit the slopes there are some important and fun things going on in November. What are we talking about? Well, it started in Australia, under their November summer sun. It’s called Movember and it was started to raise awarness about men’s health and prostate cancer. There’s a high chance of surviving this cancer if it’s caught early enough. Trouble is, a lot of men opt out of going to the doctor for ‘just a check up’.

The Georgetown Inn is throwing a bash in support of men’s health. In fact, all the Waymarker Men shaved their faces and volunteered to grow a moustache in support of this great cause!

Steam Whistle will be donating a dollar for every pint sold. Other Canmore locals have donated Heli Tours, Dog Sled Tours and other Gift Certificates to be won. Canmore Cabs has donated Free Taxi Rides home.

Head down to The Georgetown Inn Movember 30th to chat about moustaches, mens health and the Grey Cup game with other Mo Brothers like yourself.

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

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

Out’n About Second Edition Off to Press!

I’m excited to announce my 2nd edition guide book, “Out’n About  A fun and friendly guide to Banff and Canmore” was sent to press today! 140 pages of fun, this isn’t just a hiking book. Tons of things to see and do, there’s hikes, bikes, boat trips, swimming holes, scenic wonders, rainy day stuff to do, events, festivals and so much more.  Look for it on local store shelves and in ebook format over the next few weeks. >D

Another Super Snowshoe’in Kinda Day

OMG – it’s so warm!  Take advantage of our week-long warm spell, perfect for snowshoeing up to Bourgeau Lake – just a 30 minute drive from Canmore. Go west on the TransCanada Hwy,  past Mt. Norquay and continue west for 13 km.   Look for the Bourgeau Lake hike sign for the trailhead parking lot on the south (left) side of the highway. This 7.5 km (4.7 mi) one-way trail has an moderate elevation gain of 725 m (2,330 ft) to a small pristine alpine lake nestled in the mountains above the Bow Valley – a lovely setting for a sunny winters day picnic before retracing your steps on the well marked trail. Allow about 6 hours roundtrip. Enjoy! (here is a summer description of the trail too fyi) Note: a Banff park day pass applies.

A Rest on the Way - So Much Snow!

Pop 'n Grandma Enjoying the Day