Lake Minnewanka – Banff

Lake Minnewanka is a glacial lake located just 3 miles from the Banff townsite, and it’s the longest lake in the Canadian Rockies parks system! There are guided boat tours which can take you across the lake, or you can rent a canoe as well. Lake Minnewanka is located next to Two Jack and Johnson Lakes, and they’re all accessible … Read More

Banff National Park

  Location: Banff, Alberta – Cananda Aprrox. 129 Kilometers / 80 Miles or 1.5 Hours Drive From Downtown Calgary Overview Map Of BanffBanff National Park is more beautiful every time I see it! This trip, we spent 6 days in and around the Banff area, and it was a total blast. There’s endless hiking, and not just any hiking – … Read More

Cave & Basin in Banff National Park

Cave & Basin in Banff National Park commemorates the beginning of Banff, Canada’s first National Park. It was here, the hot springs were discovered, and people began to come from all over the world! Sulphur Mountain which overlooks Banff is the site of nine sulfurous hot springs, Cave & Basin is the bottom one with a large underground chamber that … Read More

Grotto Mountain

Grotto Mountain is a stunning hike just outside Canmore, Alberta! You start off in the trees, but quickly gain elevation into rockier territory. From there, you follow a ridge to the top, with jaw-dropping views the whole way!

Mount Lawrence Grassi

Location: Near Canmore, AB, Canada Destination: Summit of Mount Lawrence Grassi Elevation Gain: 3,500 feet / 1066 Meters Difficulty: Strenuous / Difficult Day Hike | Classes 1,2,3 – Most of the hike is very steep with repeated brief periods of exposure. Route-finding is difficult at times. Experienced scramblers recommendedThe views from Mount Lawrence Grassi are breathtaking, with Kananaskis to the … Read More

Canmore

Location: Canmore, Alberta – Cananda Aprrox. 105 Kilometers / 65 Miles or 1 Hour Drive From Downtown Calgary Overview Map Of Canmore We’ve spent a few weekends in and around Canmore over the last few years, and it’s always a blast. Canmore is situated halfway between Calgary and Banff, which made it a convenient getaway for us. There’s a whole … Read More

Kananaskis Country – Alberta

Overview Map. We’ve spent a lot of time in Kananaskis country over the years we lived in Calgary. While most people head straight west for Banff National Park, we would often head to the less crowded and much closer region called Kananaskis. Kananaskis is situated about 1 hour west of Calgary which makes it really close to the city for … Read More

Lina’s Italian Market – Calgary

Lina’s Italian Market is a great specialty market, and I used to live just 10 minutes away! As you can imagine, they saw quite a bit of me over the last 4 years that we lived in Calgary. With so many options and great food, I’m glad I’ve been able to sample quite a bit of it over time. Since … Read More

Basil Vietnamese Cuisine – Calgary

My love of Vietnamese food started in San Francisco where I experienced the wonders of Vietnamese Yellow Curry (totally different and equally as good as Thai Yellow Curry). But… then I came home to my small town where you couldn’t buy any kind of curry paste from the grocery store at that time. I delved into cookbooks and made a … Read More