Located about an hour and a half south of Calgary is the site of Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the site offers both indoor and outdoor exhibits, and once a month the opportunity to hike the Drive Lanes above the interpretive centre.
Spent Sunday watching the weather forecast for where I might find clear skies that night as there was a good chance for an aurora display. The only place it was looking clear for the night was east of Calgary, so I headed out on the Trans Canada away from the city lights.
The Johnston Canyon hike on the Bow Valley Parkway is always popular during the summer months. It’s a short trail with very gradual elevation gain.While it’s nice in the summer the amount of people on the trail can be a deterrent, my preference is to go during the winter months when it’s quieter. (A bit delayed considering it’s now June)
In an effort to make it out early to the Saddleback Pass trailhead the next morning I reserved a spot at one of the walk-in sites at the Two Jack Lakeside campground. There had been fire bans for most of the summer, but being late September the bans had been lifted. This is one of my favourite camping spots; the sites have easy access to the lake and there are trail running around the campground, it’s easy access to Banff Townsite (when I’m too lazy to pack food), it’s also smaller than some of the other campgrounds and you don’t have the giant RVs running generators.
After leaving Portland, we headed back east and stopped at Multnomah Falls. We accessed the falls via the historic highway, the parking area was jammed pack and it took a couple turns to find a spot. There is a larger lot along the interstate that looked to be easier to find a spot to park in.