My name is Joanna but everyone calls me Jo. I’m an Alberta born and raised blogger based out of the Rocky Mountains and Calgary. As you probably gathered, I love the outdoors and connecting with nature. My appreciation for the mountains began in childhood. After spending many years exploring Waterton Lakes National Park (my #1 place in the Canadian Rockies – it’s soooo much better than Banff!) it’s essential for my health & wellness to get outdoors and ‘disconnect to reconnect’.
Aside from hiking, camping and trail running, I LOVE being active: running, Orangetheory and Bodypump are my favorite ways to stay healthy and connect with my local fitness community.
Hawaii is my favorite place in the world. I’ve traveled to Oahu, the Big Island and Kauai. Maui is next on my travel bucket list.
I don’t blog for a living, although sometimes I wish I did! 😀 I work a full time job in the Rockies as a marketing and social media manager.
The question I receive the most is, “What are the must-see and do experiences in the Rockies?”
#1 is Waterton Lakes. Plan to spend at least three full days there. I like the Lakeshore Trail which will take you from Waterton’s townsite to a ranger station in Goat Haunt, Montana where you can either hike or take a boat back to shore. Crypt Lake is another ‘must do’.
For Banff: although touristy, Mount Fairview, Lake Agnes & Plain of Six Glaciers tea house hike is awesome. Consolation Lakes via Moraine Lake is an easy, short hike and a great way to escape the crowds. Bring a picnic lunch and spend an afternoon relaxing and enjoying the solitude. People always want to know if there are secret-hidden-locals spots like Emerald Lake, Lake Louise, Moraine and Peyto Lake – no. Those places are popular for good reason – there’s nothing like them. Lake O’Hara, Berg Lake and Mount Assiniboine are great multi-day backcountry excursions for awe-inspiring scenery.
In the summer, take a multi-day road trip up the Icefields Parkway to Jasper via Banff to experience glaciers and the Continental Divide. The drive is the best part! Or, travel the parkway to the Saskatchewan Crossing and detour over to lesser-known Abraham Lake and hike Vision Quest.
For Canmore-based hikes, head on over to Kananaskis Country and hike Rawson Lake and Sarrail Ridge for stunning 360* views of the Kananaskis Valley. Mount Yamnuska and Mount Baldy are great shoulder season hikes.
Yes, you need bear spray when you’re out hiking. Don’t bring bear bells – not only are they incredibly annoying to other hikers, they pique the interest of wildlife. We’ve actually nicknamed them “dinner bells” 😉 If I’m out running or hiking by myself, I make a lot of noise – like yelling and clapping before turning blind corners, frequently singing out loud, etc.
I wear Salomon Speed Crosses as my day hike/trail running shoe. They have amazing grip which comes in handy for scrambling and scree. For multi-day hikes, you’ll want a boot with ankle support.
Hope this helps answer your questions! 😀
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