One of my first adventures, since finishing school, was on Saturday, April 22, 2017. My mom and I went to The Colonel’s Cabin in Kananaskis and then out to Johnson Lake for a small hike.
Colonel’s Cabin (“History Loop”):
Our first part was a quick little walk through the ‘History Loop’. It is very short, but fascinating. The whole trail is only 0.3km in total, but on their sign they do recommend spending at least a half an hour that way you have time to read all of the signs. I believe, normally, in the summer there are brochures available to guide you through the site as there are numbered posts throughout, but the place where you would get one from was empty. We are quite early in the spring, so hopefully they will restock them!
In the summer of 2015 we took a road trip from Calgary to White Rock. I’ve already posted some picture on the photography section of my site. We were able to go to the Vancouver Aquarium (click here for pictures), Lighthouse Park (click here for pictures), and to Hell’s Gate (Read the blog post here).
In the summer of 2015 my mom, my friend, and I drove out from Calgary, Alberta to White Rock, British Columbia. We made a few stops along the way and one of them was to Hell’s Gate Airtram . This was a unique experience and would definitely recommend stopping, if you are willing to go a bit our of your way.
The sign at the beginning says,
“A man’s legacy: The early explorer Simon Fraser documented his death defying journey to the Pacific Ocean. This section of the Fraser River over 1000 feet below you was compared in Simon’s journal to ‘the gates of hell’ because of its thundering rapids and terrifying white water. Historians now refer to this area as Hell’s Gate.”
Last summer we did not go on a long holiday, as we normally due, to prior obligations. Instead we had more of a ‘stay-cation’ and went on different day trips throughout the week.
One of our day trips was to go out to Jasper as I had not been since I was a small girl. Since we live in Calgary this trip involved detailed planning and of course waking up at 5 am (those who know me know I HATE getting up early, but it was necessary in order to go).
Now that school is coming to a close and I was able to get most of my homework done last week, so I was able to take a break this Saturday. My mom and I went for a drive out in the country and visited Ram Falls. It was nice just to get out. I had a lot of fun and even saw wild horses for the first time!
Since I am still not quite done school for the semester I have yet to go on any recent adventures. Therefore, I thought I would write about another hike from last summer.
A bit of history…
Bankhead, Alberta is now an old abandoned coal mining town. According to some of my research the town was around from 1902-1923 and other sources cite it as being 1904-1922, but nonetheless it was not around for long. The town was located about “two kilometres north of Cascade Valley” (Ghosttowns.com,n.d.). The purpose of the town, according to a posting on the ghosttowns.com website posting on Bankhead, was “supplying coal for the locomotives of the Canadian Pacific Railway” and at one point the population was, “1,500 including 300 underground coal mine workers (Ghosttowns.com,n.d.). (more…)
During summer 2016 my mom, my friend, and of course myself went for a hike that we had found about through some research. As I mentioned in my post about waterfalls I prefer hikes where we have a goal in mind (i.e. making it to a waterfall or in this case … a Cold War Bunker!). I don’t like to just wander aimlessly in the woods, I like to know that I am going places.
Just thought I’d do a quick post for those of you ‘following’ my blog.
First of all, thanks for following my blog! Once school is out for the semester (April 21st is my last exam….hooray!) I will try to post more about past adventures and new ones I hope to take this summer! I am open to any recommendations you may have for exploring within the southern Alberta area 🙂
I recently added another section in my photography portion of my set call “Chasing Waterfalls” (you can find it here). One of my favourite things to look at in nature is Waterfalls. I love how each is unique in its own way. I could just stare at them all day. I hope to find more waterfalls this summer and I will try to post other waterfalls I have been to, as I get more time. I just thought I would keep everyone in the loop.
“A strong man and a waterfall always channel their own path” -Author Unknown