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.
We recently took a weekend camping trip to Tolman Bridge East (near Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park) in the Alberta Badlands. The campground is relatively quiet, located on on the banks of the Red Deer River – there is a gun range that operates to the west, but it’s not crazy distracting.
Sunset and Birdsong
We had the opportunity to visit the Cluny Fortified Village with the Alberta Archaeological Society this past weekend – it was also a chance for us to try tipi camping at the Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park. The archaeological site and museum are both located on the Siksika Reserve just outside of Calgary.
The G3 Storm watch went up saturday afternoon, with a good chance of aurora across the entire country! The only downside was that it doesn’t get dark until after 11pm in the spring months, so it was going to be a late night. I headed out early to Lake Minnewanka as it fills up quick with other people hoping to catch of the Northern Lights.