5 Places in Lethbridge You’ll Love Exploring

5 Places in Lethbridge You’ll Love Exploring

My husband was born and raised in the Lethbridge area, so we try to make it down there once or twice a year to see his grandparents and the rest of his family. Each time we are there he takes me to another place to explore. Being located in Southern Alberta it is treated to warmer and somewhat milder weather compared to much of the province. It makes for ideal farming conditions, which is what most of the surrounding area seems to be fueled by.  Lethbridge is a wonderful city and as such it has so much to offer that I haven’t even begun to experience, these are just a few of my favourites that I have found so far. 

Best Western Lethbridge

Having been to Lethbridge a number of times we have stayed at a few different hotels. We have stayed in some good ones, and some bad. The Best Western is one we have settled on. Their breakfast options are vast, it even includes pancakes, there is something there for everyone. They have a pool, which if you have read my post about road trip tips, you know how I feel that is an important amenity.

Indian Battle Park

This park is at the bottom of a coolie, and it has tons to offer. Hiking, picnic areas, playgrounds, and so much scenery. I could spend hours exploring here, and I hope sometime in the near future.

The Neighbourhood Bakehouse

I make it a habit of trying out local bakeries where ever I visit. They always offer the most incredible delights, and I am very rarely disappointed. This one is one of my favourites, and I only discovered it on our most recent visit. Some of the best pastries I have eaten came from there and it’s hard to pick a favourite.

Henderson Park

Henderson Park is 117 acres of park. Its largest, and perhaps most alluring component is the near 60-acre man-made lake. It offers a little bit of everything for everyone. 

The lake itself is perfect for fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and other non-motor sports. With a 2.5 km trail around the lake and another 4.3 km trail around the perimeter of the park providing you with the opportunity to take a stroll or view the commemorative and historical markers and displays located throughout the park. Not to mention the abundance of open space picnics. There are three playgrounds, as well an outdoor pool.  

Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden

Inside Henderson park is the Japanese Garden, where you are transported out of the city, into a cultural experience. They combine the beauty of nature in a serene setting that I haven’t found anywhere else. The garden is meticulously kept, with bunnies and birds scampering about. Nikka Yuko was rated amongst the top Gardens in Canada by HGTV Canada and Chateline 2017. It is one of the most beautiful Gardens in Canada. Take a tour, or stroll around all by yourself.

Franks Slide

While Franks slide isn’t actually located in Lethbridge, its about 1 1/2 hours drive away, it is worth making the journey. Frank was a town located in the Rocky Mountains in the 1900s. On April 29, 1903 part of Turtle Moutain gave way and buried the town under 82 million tonnes of limestone. I highly recommend making the drive and visiting the interpretive centre, and even just observing the rock, that still lies where it fell over 100 years ago. 

It doesn’t matter what your personality might be, or what your reason for visiting, Lethbridge has something to offer you. My husband and I have often discussed it and we think if we were to ever move away from Edson, we would probably move to the area. What has been your favourite thing to do in Lethbridge?

5 Places in Lethbridge You'll Love Exploring
5 Places in Lethbridge You'll Love Exploring

Posted by Jenn in Travel, Travel Alberta, 5 comments
How To Diet And Still Enjoy Your Favorite Holiday Foods

How To Diet And Still Enjoy Your Favorite Holiday Foods

The holidays are right around the corner. With the holidays comes to holiday meals and your favourite holiday foods. A smorgasbord of delicious holiday temptation. It is no secret that the holidays are the hardest time to stay on track with a diet. It’s no wonder that so many people start with the new year. Instead of losing track of where you are and where you’re going with your diet here are sometimes to help you stay on track and true to your diet.

Fill Up On Meats and Vegetables

Protein and fat are the two most filling macronutrients, so by focusing on meats, you will fill up faster, for longer. Add in the fibre in the vegetables, and you’ve got a match made in heaven. Plus, you know, vegetables.

To enjoy your meal, without feeling like you missing out or blowing your diet,  fill two-thirds of your plate with meat and veggies, focusing on meat when you can.  – Keeping in mind that turkey is very lean, especially in comparison to other holiday foods.  – The rest of your plate should be carbs.

Use a Smaller Plate

This isn’t a new trick. In fact, it might just be the oldest trick in the book. the theory being that the smaller plates make the portions look bigger; and a visa-vera. Buy using s smaller plate you think you’re eating larger portions than you would on a larger plate. It doesn’t work for everyone, but it’s worth a shot.

Drink Water

This is probably the second oldest trick in the book. Before your meals drink a glass of water. Better yet, follow each plate with a glass of water. This will help fill your stomach without overeating. Thirst is often confused with hunger and by increasing your water intake you prevent any potentially confusing dehydration.

Dessert

Who doesn’t like pumpkin pie?  But just because it’s the holidays doesn’t mean its okay to inhale an entire pie.  One piece, topped however you want, eaten slowly will satisfy your cravings. Whatever your favourite holiday dessert is. Because eating half a pie to yourself seems like a great idea, until you’re finished.

Exercise

I know nobody wants to actually exercise on the day of a feast, but you really want to get the most out of your mean and maybe get some gains in, throw in some exercise. By doing some HIIT for a half hour, your muscles will be ready to take full advantage of your incoming nutrients. Finish your workout a half hour before dinner time, grab a quick shower and ready to make this meal work for you.

Enjoy the Holiday Foods

Not everyone will agree with this but the holidays are a time to spend quality time with your loved ones.  If that means going off your diet for one day then enjoy it. You’re going to have a much more enjoyable time if you’re not stressing out about what you can, or what you should eat. If you deny yourself, you’re setting yourself up for a bigger derailment later on. Plus, you can always make it up in the gym later.

At the end of the day the holidays, be it Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter or any other holiday you may celebrate,  are meant for enjoying. Food is a big part of that in our culture, but family is as well. Spend your time together while you have it. Hopefully, these tips help you to enjoy yourself, and the food.

How To Diet And Still Enjoy Your Favorite Holiday Foods
How To Diet And Still Enjoy Your Favorite Holiday Foods
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Period Underwear, Why It Has To Be In Your Daughters Wardrobe.

Period Underwear, Why It Has To Be In Your Daughters Wardrobe.

**Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Knixteen. All opinions, however, are mine and uninfluenced.**

I remember being in Junior High and living in fear and excitement for my first period. Most of my friends had gotten it already, and I was anxious to join the “woman” club. But, I was also terrified that I would get my period and be completely unprepared. Fast forward to High School, after I had already accepted my period as my least favourite part of being a female. When my biggest fear was that I would get it unannounced. Even now, as an adult, of often deal with situations where the possibility of leakage is high.

Enter Period underwear.

What Are Period Underwear?

Period underwear has been taking the feminine hygiene market by storm. Essentially it is underwear, with a built-in panty liner. It can save you all the embarrassment of a leak or a sudden period. Without the uncomfortableness of wearing a pantyliner all the time. As an adult, with more experience with these problems than I care to admit. Remembering dealing with these when I was a teen is humiliating.

Thanks to period underwear, this problem is estimated. Thanks to Knixteen Boyshorts it is no longer an issue for your teen. No more sitting in class or in the days before getting surprised. Never again worry about a leak while waiting desperately for the bell to ring, and any after the fact spotting in gym class, never an issue.

Knixteen’s Boyshort

Knixteen’s Boyshorts were created so that your period never has to stop you from doing things again. They offer back up protection against leaks, odour, and moisture, so you don’t ever have to worry again. They are made out of moisture-wicking material, which helps keep you dry and fresh. much like your activewear underwear. Their underwear is specifically designed with the teen in mind, in junior sizing – but don’t worry they have adult Knix as well.

As much as their product is perfect for teens, their “share bag” feature is something that I think all sites should utilize. It is boasted as a way to share your cart with your parents, as most teens do not have access to a credit card to place an order, but it can just as easily work both ways.

Period talk was, and still is, so uncomfortable for me; and the last person I would want to talk to is my parents. If my mother would even dare to bring up the word I would turn bright red and stutter and stammer while walking out of the room. – not much has changed, to be honest. – But, by being able to share this through email you potentially remove the awkwardness and puts it into a setting where teens are much more comfortable talking. They have glued to the phones anyways, utilize it to get around any potentially awkward conversations.

Parent or child, teen or adult, period underwear is something that can and should be a staple in every girl’s underwear drawer.

Have you ever tried period underwear? What did you love about them?

 

Posted by Jenn in Lifestyle, Lifestyle Review, 21 comments
Feeling Nostalgic in the 90’s with Aqua

Feeling Nostalgic in the 90’s with Aqua

When Aqua announced their 90s Rewind tour my friend, C, and I immediately knew we wanted to go. We were unable to secure presale tickets so we online trying to buy tickets the second they came available. No luck. So we stalked the buy and sell pages and resale sites, desperately hoping to scoop up a pair. We checked all the surrounding area concerts as well.

With a mere two week left before the concert, out chances were looking meek. Then, while scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed one day I say SWOOP airlines was advertising flights to Abbotsford. We knew from our search for tickets that they also had an Abbotsford tour stop. After figuring out the logistics we booked the flights.

SWOOP

From Edmonton(YEG) to Abbotsford(YXX) the flights were approximately $48 CAD return. This price included all taxes. That being said, having only launched 6 months ago, SWOOP is a new discount airline. Included in the $48 is nothing. No snacks. No checked bag. No seat selection. And most importantly no carry-on. You are allowed a small personal item provided it fits under the seat in front of you. We opted to not bring any luggage with us and took our chances on the seat selection.

24 hours before our flight we checked in online and took the seats assigned to us. Total flight time was under 1 1/2 each way. This was the first time I had ever flown with a budget airline and I was impressed that low budget didn’t mean sub-par. The plane (I believe it was the same each way) was clean and in great condition. I have paid much more, for much much worse.

 

Feeling Nostalgic In The 90's with Aqua
Feeling Nostalgic in the 90's with Aqua

Abbotsford

We spent the afternoon exploring the city of Abbotsford. Mostly we drove around, it was raining, but the charm was evident. The craft breweries and wineries we around every corner. Downtown is full of historic buildings, – they were even filming a Hallmark Christmas movie while we were there – and the markets with fresh vegetables we plentiful. The surrounding mountains would provide an abundance of hiking, provided I was with different company.

AQUA

This was the entire reason for this trip. The Aqua 90s rewind concert. The opening acts were Whigfield and Prozzäk. I only knew one song for Whigfield she sang it like it was 1998 and it was incredible. Prozzäk, who I was almost as excited for as Aqua, was disappointing. Their microphones seemed almost too loud and it was hard to understand them. We actually stepped outside during the performance and you could hear them more clearly from outside the building.

Between each act, they had a Much Music Video Dance. Man did that bring back memories. The throwback music had the whole crowd dancing all night. There wasn’t a single song that we went singing along with.

Finally, the moment we were waiting for. Aqua. Their concert offered everything we were hoping for. A night back in the 90s. We sing and dance to all the hits. From Barbie girl to Candy Man. Towards the end of the show, they started to perform their remixes, which was not something usually I usually enjoy, but the energy of the band and the crowd was something you couldn’t help but enjoy.

Time to go home

Alas, it was time to go home. With only 24 hours in the town of Abbotsford, we didn’t get a lot of time to explore. I did, however, have time to compile a list of things I would like to do on my return. I am already looking at SWOOP for flights and planning the return trip.

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How To Drink More Water. 12 Tricks To Help You

How To Drink More Water. 12 Tricks To Help You

One of my tasks in my weight loss journey was to start to drink more water. I used to drink very little water and a lot of Coke. If it wasn’t water it was coffee. While I have known for years that this is not the healthiest option, I was only recently ready for the change.

  • Prevent dehydration
  • Promote healthy organ function
  • Keep your muscles energised
  • To keep your skin looking good.
  • Probably a million other reasons…

So really there is no reason to not drink it unless you’re sticking to the age-old “Fish F*uck in it” excuse.

My entire life  I have been told that a person needs to drink 8 – 8oz glasses or 64 oz a day. While that is a good start, it is not necessarily enough. Doctors are now recommending half your body weight (in pounds to oz) to be more accurate.

Your Weight in LBS/2 = oz recommended in a day.

So if you weigh 200 lbs you need drink 100 oz of water. Not the commonly heard 64 oz.  I, weighing in much higher than I should need to drink about 100 oz, nearly double what I thought.

Easier said than done – shocking I know – Increasing your water intake isn’t necessarily as simple as it would seem. Especially when you’ve been surviving on caffeine filled drinks to get you through the days. So I compiled this list of tips and tricks to make it easier.

Start Slow

Start by gradually increasing the amount of water you drink in a day. Add another 1/2 glass or glass a day until you reach your daily goal. 

Drink the water you like

I don’t care what anyone says there is the difference between waters. Find one you like and drink that one. 

Add some flavour with fruit or herbs

The amount of water infusion recipes you can find is literally endless.

Try different types of water

Mineral, spring, sparkling, there is a water out there for everyone.

Use a water filter

This will save money over bottled water, and in some cases taste buds over tap water. 

Buy a new cup or bottle

Having a fun bottle or cup to use might make it easier.

Use a marked water bottle for easy tracking

Either having time marked on it, or even just OZ can help.

Drink at least 1/2 a glass before every meal

If you can, make it a full glass. Either way, this will also help prevent you from overeating.

Track it with an App

I personally use my Fitbit App but there are others out there. 

Set a reminder

If the App doesn’t remind you then try just setting hourly reminders on your phone or watch. 

Keep your cup handy

Keep it with you always

Use a straw

I drink way more water when using a straw, compared to just a glass. 

 

I can absolutely do this! I now drink an average of 4L of water a day.  It is harder when  I drink other things during the day but I still manage to get it done.

I do seem to spend an absurd amount of time in the bathroom these days though.

What are some of your tips and tricks to drink more water?

How To Drink More Water. 12 Tricks To Help You
How To Drink More Water. 12 Tricks To Help You
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Banff, Alberta The Top 7 Things You Don’t Want To Miss Out On

Banff, Alberta The Top 7 Things You Don’t Want To Miss Out On

My favourite place in the world is the mountains. I am not even picky about which Mountain Range, although I am partial to Rocky Mountain in my home province of Alberta. I can see them from where I live, and Jasper is just shy of 2 hours away from my doorstep. But, as much as I love Jasper, I have a particular fondness for Banff National Park

Banff offers so many things to do and explore but these are some of my favourites. 

Canoe 

One of my favourite memories in Banff is canoeing. I rented a canoe for an hour from the Banff Canoe Club and spent a fantastic hour leisurely paddling the Bow River. 

Banff Gondola

This was the first gondola I had ever ridden and the views are incredible. Ride it to the top of Sulphur mountain and take in the 360 views. Enjoy a meal at the top, then either ride the gondola down or better yet take the extra time, and energy, and hike down.

Take A Hike

While we’re talking about hiking; Banff National Park and the surrounding area is full of amazing hikes. All skill levels and distances can be found with just a short drive. Tunnel mountain is right in the town and it’s a perfect “beginners” hike.

Bow Falls

If hiking isn’t your thing, but you still want to check out some awesome views than Bow Falls might be more up your alley. They can be seen with just a short walk from the parking lot. 

Banff Hot Springs

Banff Hot Springs is open year round and the only place I have swum outside in the winter. To top it off it was snowing, that is such a cool experience. 

Lake Louise

Just a short drive, through the gorgeous mountain country, is Lake Louise. The picturesque lake offers canoeing in the summer, and ice skating in the winter. Explore it in both seasons, the little town offers restaurants and some shops as well. 

Rocky Mountain Bagel Company

As much as I love Banff the surrounding area has so much to offer as well. This is in the neighbouring town of Canmore. This is the one place that o stop every single time I am in the area. The bagels are good but the bagel sandwiches are even better. I have never gotten anything from there that I haven’t loved. I am particularly fond of their gluten-free apricot cookies

Every time I visit Banff I find another thing to fall in love with. Is there anything I missed that you love?

Banff Alberta Top 7 Things You Don't Want To Miss
Banff Alberta The Top 7 Things You Don't Want To Miss Out On

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What To Do When Your Weight Loss Doesn’t Show On The Scale

What To Do When Your Weight Loss Doesn’t Show On The Scale

I was so confident. I had drunk nothing but water for 6 weeks, I had done an exercise of some sort every single day, and I have tried to control my portions at meal times. I was going to step on that scale and see a big difference. My weight loss journey was finally going to show some results. 

I was ready. 

I was wrong.

I had actually gained 2 pounds. Luckily my grandmother was there to give me a tin of cookies to make me feel better – I never did eat them. – But when I sadly returned home my husband, so kindly, reminded me that muscle weighs more than fat. 

Even though I was losing fat, I was gaining muscle,  specifically in my legs -thank you squats. – This is when I decided to take a different tactic when it came to measuring my weight loss.

Throw Away The Scale

Not literally, unless you are comfortable with that, but at least stop being chained to it. The scale is one thing. Your weight; and while that is a part of being healthy it is not alone in. 

Your weight fluctuates day by day, and even hour by hour. If you don’t weigh yourself under the exact same circumstances every day there is no real way to guarantee accurate results. 

If you must keep weighing yourself, try to do it once a week at most. 

Take Measurements

While this is something best done by a second person, to get the most accurate results possible, they are a great way to put a number on weight – fat – loss.

These numbers also can very be based on different circumstances, so try to make sure you.

  1. Measure in the same place
  2. Do it at the same time of day – preferably first thing in the morning, before any potential bloating sets in.
  3. Don’t measure after a workout, when your muscles can be a bit swollen. 

Benchmark Outfit

You always see the weight loss commercials where someone is standing on one leg of the pants they used to use. This is very similar. 

Pick an outfit that you started out in. Keep trying it on and watch it get looser and looser. Any time you feel like you’re not seeing results, try it on and see if you can see a difference. You may not be standing in one leg like those viral images, but you can probably notice a losser fit.

Goal Outfit

That outfit you’ve always wanted to wear, buy it. Keep looking at it as motivation. With some hard work and dedication, you will be able to rock it in no time. Then it won’t matter what the scale says.

Feel It

This is my biggest and most important note – one I would do well to remember – instead of focusing on what the scale says, or what the tape measure says to think about how you feel. Even the little things. Maybe you’re a little less tired then you used to be. Maybe you can walk up a flight of stairs easier than you used to be able to. I promise there is something, some non-scale-victory somewhere. a win is a win, and those my friends are definitely wins. 

 

Scales are probably going to disappoint you more than encourage you. Weight loss is not a straight downward line on the graph. It moves up and down and laterally at times. Add to this that your ideal body weight may not be your ideal body shape. 160 lbs of fat will look very different than 160 lbs of muscle. Your height, your shape, and your muscle will play such important roles in your weight, more so than any number on the scale. 

What To Do When Your Weight Loss Doesn't Show On The Scale
What To Do When Your Weight Loss Doesn't Show On The Scale
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3 Ways You Can Celebrate Your Childs Halloween Birthday

3 Ways You Can Celebrate Your Childs Halloween Birthday

When that I remember the day I was told my due day with Big H. October 20, a friend of ours was quick to make a joke that he would share a birthday with him, Halloween. I swore up and down that this baby would not be 11 days late. Well, like all babies, they have a schedule of their own and on October 31 we were blessed with a baby with a Halloween birthday.

You might not think it but having a Halloween Birthday presents some challenges. Not the same as Christmas birthday by any means, but still challenges. The older a child gets the easier it becomes, but when they are young you have to look outside of a “Halloween Birthday” Parents want to spend Halloween with their children, and so a birthday party is never actually on the birthday. You always end up having a party really late, or really early. Plus, Halloween is never just Halloween anymore. It is always so-and-so birthday.

That might be the worst part. You would think that having your birthday on Halloween would be really cool. But, Halloween is for everyone, and its no longer just “your day” like most people get on their birthday. your birthday tends to get pushed the wayside.

That being said it does open up a whole world of Halloween Birthday Party themes and activities. If you’re looking to stick with a Halloween themed party decorations are easy, everywhere seems to sell Halloween decorations these days. But when you’re looking for activities these are three I am saving for Big H decides he wants to have a Halloween Themed Party for his Halloween Birthday. 

Carve Pumpkins

Carving pumpkins is a time honoured Halloween tradition. Turning it into a Halloween Birthday Party is super easy.  Aside from the cleanup. This does involve knives so may be best with plenty of adults on hand or waiting until the kids are old enough to do it themselves safely. 

  1. Buy some pumpkins
  2. Cut off the tops
  3. Empty the guts – this is easily the worst part but you can make pumpkin seeds as a party snack as well 
  4. Print off some jack-o-lantern stencils
  5. Carve the pumpkins

Trick-or-Treating

I think there comes a point in every parent’s life when they are over trick or treating and they are ready for someone else to take over the responsibility.  Turning the activity of Trick-Or-Treating into a party is simple. It is also a perfect way to celebrate a Halloween Birthday on Halloween. 

  1. Order some pizza (or some other quick and delicious party meal)
  2. Have your cake and presents 
  3. Take a hoard of children Trick-Or-Treating
  4. Return the sugar-filled children back to their parents. – You are still, however, responsible for your own. 

Costume Party

One of the worst things about Halloween is that you’re lucky if your kid wears the costume more than once. A costume party is one of the easiest ways to celebrate a Halloween Birthday

  1. Throw birthday party
  2. Invite guests to wear their costumes

See easy peasy. 

Do you or someone you know have a Halloween Birthday to celebrate? What do you think would be a good way to party?

3 Ways You Can Celebrate Your Childs Halloween Birthday
3 ideas to celebrate a Halloween birthday
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How To Spend 6 Days In Maui, A Breathtaking Tropical Paradise

How To Spend 6 Days In Maui, A Breathtaking Tropical Paradise

This post is in no way sponsored, all opinions and experiences are my own. No affiliate links are present.

In January 2018 we spent a gorgeous and perfect week in Maui. We were spoiled by incredible weather, and I must admit I was spoiled for my first beach vacation. While there were so many things that I wish we had seen and done, there wasn’t a single thing that I would have skipped. – Except for a couple of restaurants, find our favourites here – Like any vacation, a week is just not long enough to see and do everything in a place.

Day One

  • Breakfast at Down The Hatch
  • Pick up Rental Car in Kahului
    • Stop st Krispy Cream if you’ve never been
  • Buy some groceries at Food Land
  • Late Lunch at Bubba Gumps
  • Late Dinner at Prison Street Pizza

Day Two

  • Explore West Maui
    • Honolua Bay
      • Enjoy the food truck
    • Nakalele Blowhole
    • Kahakuloa Head
  • Drums of the Pacific Luau
    • Strole Kaanapali Beach why you wait
    • Enjoy the Mai-Tais!

Day Three

  • Stroll Front Street
    • Banyan Tree
      • Makers Market
    • Old Courthouse
    • Sand beach – Low Tide Only
  • Kaanapali Beach
    • Admire the big resorts
  • Drive to Kihei
  • Whale Watching at
  • Shave Ice at Ulalani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice
    • The Lahaina with Macadamia Icecream and a snow cap is AWESOME

Day Four

  • Drive the Road To Hana
    • Stay tuned for its own post

Day Five

Day Six

We stayed at the Aina Nalu Lahaina by Outrigger in Lahaina Maui. It was a great place and I would absolutely stay there again.

Renting a Jeep was the best decision we made for the whole trip. We were able to easily do anything we wanted to do, without any issues. I 100%recommendd a Jeep over a smaller vehicle.

Have you visited Maui or another of the Hawaiian islands? What was your favourite thing to do?

How To Spend 6 Days In Maui, A Breathtaking Tropical Paradise
How To Spend 6 Days In Maui, A Breathtaking Tropical Paradise
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Why Tunnel Mountain is the Best First Summit

Why Tunnel Mountain is the Best First Summit

I’ve always wanted to summit a mountain. To get the unapparelled views of the surrounding for the very top. When we planned a trip to Kananaskis last summer I immediately set out to find a good hike for us to do.  When looking at neighbouring Banff, I stumbled on the Tunnel Mountain Hike, and it was a no-brainer. Hike in the beautiful Rockies, and summit my first mountain.

Tunnel Mountain is Banff’s smallest summit, located right in town. After doing some research I was promised a relatively easy hike. 4.3 km (up and down) with a gain of 300m of elevation. My hiking experience at the time was pretty limited, and my summit experience was absolutely zilch, so this sounded like something right up my alley. The promise of 360° views of the townsite, and surrounding peaks sounded like just the motivation I would need to get the top.

There are two parking areas. One offers quite a number of stalls and there is a short walk up to the second. This parking area, where we parked, only has about 6 stalls and in early August they are in high demand. The earlier you go the better off you’ll be. not just for parking, but for heat and business of the trail as well.

The Hike

The trail is wide and well-maintained with switchbacks the lead you up the mountainside, leaving the vertical gain very manageable. You walk easily through the trees and towards the top of the mountain, with plenty of gorgeous area with photo ops of the surrounding landscapes. While there is switchback there are points on the trail where the grade is still substantial, you are still climbing a mountain.

At one point we reached an area and I was sure that we were at the top, also we were not, and a kind lady told me we had just a little further so we ventured on.

When we got to the top there was no doubt, the signage made it clear. there is a wide open area perfect for picnics, although I hear there is a grassy meadow a little further down the trail I didn’t know about at the time. The views of the townsite below and surrounding mountains and river are spectacular. Exactly what I needed after the hike up the mountain. After a quick water and snack break, we headed back down the way we came. Providing the same useful information to people, “you’re almost there!”

The trail is very popular, so if you’re looking to be alone you may want to find another. It is a great first summit and easy hike for both children and dogs. For my first summit, it inspired me to add more to the list, both for us to do solo, as well as family friendly.

Tunnel Mountain Trail Information

  • Elevation Gain: 300 meters (948 feet)
  • Time: 2 to 3 hours round trip
  • Distance: 4.3 km (2.7 miles) round-trip
  • This trail is very popular and can get crowded in the summer and early fall months. Beat the crowds by hiking early in the morning or in the late afternoon.

Tunnel Mountain Trailhead

Lower Trailhead: In downtown Banff, from the southern end of Banff Ave., turn east on Buffalo St. (turns into Wolverine) to St. Julien Rd. Continue until parking lot on your left where a sign marks the trailhead.

Upper Trailhead: Continue past the Banff Centre. The trailhead is on the opposite side of the road from the Tunnel Mountain viewpoint parking area. This parking area is small as mentioned but shortens the hike to 3.6km.

 

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Why Banffs Tunnel Mountain is Your Perfect First Summit
Why Banffs Tunnel Mountain is Your Perfect First Summit
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