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Fun Fall Activities In & Around The Rockies

Posted On: 17.10.20

Fun Fall Activities In & Around The Rockies


Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons to visit the Canadian Rockies. Temperatures are moderate, the colours are breathtaking, and wildlife is abundant. Here are a few worthwhile adventures in the area that will keep you coming back for more!


1. Larch Hikes:

Larch trees are the only needled tree to shed needles in the fall. They usually change to a golden yellow colour in mid-September, and loose their needles in late October. The trees at higher elevations turn first. Visitors come from all over the world to marvel at the unique and spectacular changing colours of the Larch trees.


Top 5 Larch Hikes:

1.Mt. Lorette Ponds – This day use area is located on Hwy 40 (Kananaskis Trail) just a few minutes South of Barrier Lake. This great picnic spot is also an ideal location for fishing as the ponds are stocked with rainbow trout. Enjoy a stroll along the paved path around the ponds.

2.Chester Lake – Located on highway 742 (Spray Lakes Road) This 8 km hike is an idyllic Larch hike. Most of the 300m elevation gain is achieved within the first few kilometers and then the trail opens into beautiful alpine meadows.

3.Burstall Pass – Located on highway 742. Burstall Pass is a 15 km hike with 470 m elevation gain. The trail goes through forests and willow flats then climbs steeply to alpine meadows.

4.Rawson Lake – Just past Upper Kananaskis Lake, Rawson is a perfect moderate fall hike. The 7.8km trail ends at a beautiful alpine lake surrounded by mountain peaks and alpine meadows.

5.Ptarmigan Cirque – Located at Highwood Pass, just past the Kananaskis Lakes. A 3.6km short and steep trail with a 230m elevation. The trail leads to a fragile alpine meadow and a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains and forests of larch trees.


2. Moose Tours:

While bears are starting to go back into hibernation for the winter, fall is one of the most active times of the year for Moose. Take an evening tour with Canadian Rockies Adventures along Spray Lakes Road in search of these elusive and majestic animals.


3. Legacy Trail

The Legacy Trail bike path between Banff & Canmore stays open until mid-October. The 22km paved trail is a great way to get out and see the leaves change colour and offers spectacular panoramic mountain views.


4. Caving

Join Canmore Cave Tours rain or shine for a Natural History tour into Rat’s Nest Cave: a wild, undeveloped cave under Grotto Mountain. Tour the 4km cave created by the meltwaters of ancient glaciers.


5.Explore Ghost Lake

Ghost Lake is a fun, unique and worthwhile boating destination. It’s a popular place for Albertans to ice-boat, wakeboard, fish, windsurf, paddle board, kayak and canoe. In the fall months it's also a great place to get some fresh air, hike and admire the views. So lace up your boots and take in the stunning mountain views to the west, pastoral views of Alberta foothills on the south bank and the splendid autumn colours of the natural landscape.


Credits. 1 - 4 Courtesy of ...http://www.tourismcanmore.com/blog/top-10-fall-activities-in-canmore-kananaskis



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