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

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

The Triple Crown of Canmore :: Launch Party! – what it’s all about

The Georgetown Inn would like to invite you to join them this Sunday, June 17, 2012 at 2PM for the great kick-off to the hiking season! This is a wonderful way to spend time with your father on Father’s Day. We will have complimentary live music from Cabot’s Crossing, Guest Speakers and Beer and Burger specials!

If you’re feeling really ambitious you can get started on your hikes that morning or afternoon! And remember there is no time limit on completing the 3 hikes. If you’re a hardcore hiking enthusiast you can do all three in one day (like my crazy little brothers did) or if you like to stop and smell the flowers you can enjoy the hikes at a slower pace throughout the summer.

The Triple Crown is all about having an intrinsically rewarding experience. Waymarker CEO, Lockey Craig is quoted saying, “It’s about having a good sleep, a good adventure and a good meal. Everyone deserves it! That’s how my mother took care of me and my two brothers and that’s how I want to take care of my guests, which is why we started The Triple Crown.”

So make sure you bring your dad’s out and get some tips on how to truly enjoy the beautiful rocky mountains that are right in our backyard. I know that’s where I’ll be!

-Natalie Craig

ps. click on the images below for more information about the three hikes and a Hiking Map!

If you want to read our last years Triple Crown Blog about some great hiking experiences click the link and scroll down!

Triple Crown of Canmore Map

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!