Friday, January 19, 2018

Family Backcountry Ski Touring in Banff (Boom Lake Trail)

Boom Lake has always been my very favourite ski tour in the Canadian Rockies, and I had one big goal for this winter, to bring the boy! While I knew it would be a long day, that it would be challenging, and that the pace would feel glacial at times, I was determined to make the trip happen - and it did!!

Boom Lake, Backcountry Banff National Park 

Some Snowshoe Trails Need to be Enjoyed on Skis

As much as I love snowshoeing, I refuse to hike the Boom Lake Trail. This popular snowshoe trail ends at a gorgeous backcountry lake, and is very much worth the journey. Honestly though, it's just way too much fun on a pair of light touring skis to make me ever want to walk up (and back down) the trail.

We were met by dozens of snowshoers in the parking lot (even more on the trail,) and they all seemed to be having fun. Screaming our way down the trail at the end of the day though, I knew we were having the most fun!

Trailhead and Basic Trail Info

The Boom Lake Trail is located at Vermillion Pass off Highway 93 on the border with Banff and Kootenay National Parks.

The trail is 10 km in distance round trip, and there is a climb of 180 metres to reach the lake.

The trail is a well maintained summer hiking trail, and is a popular snowshoe destination in winter.

While the trail is generally wide enough for a good snow plow on the way down the steep hills, it is still a hiking trail (not the groomed ski trail you'd find at a Nordic Centre) and beginners will find the first section to be tricky on descent. (Though my 8 year old did just fine.)

We appreciated that the snowshoers had packed the trail down nicely for us, and we enjoyed fabulous snow that wasn't icy (thank goodness!)

For more information on this trail, consider purchasing a copy of Chic Scott's new Ski Trails in the Canadian Rockies guide book. (affiliate link)

The official sign post for the Boom Lake Trailhead

Avalanche Safety

I'm sure the average winter hiker (and skier) enjoys this trail with little avalanche training, but be aware that the full outing to the lake is technically considered to be in class 2 terrain. In especially bad conditions, avalanche slopes could potentially reach the trail or the lake. And there is one large slide path that we definitely crossed through while skiing to the lake (though we could have dropped down to the lake early and skipped skiing through this section.)

If you want to ski the Boom Lake Trail, I recommend the following:

  • Travel with at least one person in your party who has avalanche training, and can steer you away from any potentially hazardous slopes.

  • Always check with a Visitor Information Centre before heading out, or check online for the latest avalanche report. When we went to Boom Lake in early January, the avalanche hazard was low for below and at treeline.

  • I don't advise skiing across the lake with kids. (We skied on the lake for all of 5 minutes before turning around.) There are several big slide paths that do come all the way down to the lake.

And if you plan to do a lot of ski touring, I would suggest taking an avalanche skills training course, and investing in the proper safety gear for your outings.

Backcountry Ski Touring across Boom Lake

The Skis that We Used for Boom Lake

My husband and I both used light touring skis which are slightly wider Nordic skis with metal edges for going down steep hills. I love my light touring skis and use them everywhere. They are skinny enough to fit in the tracks at a Nordic Centre, and they give me the confidence to make it down any hill, knowing that I could stop on a dime if I had to.

I also have NNN BC bindings which are beefier cross country ski bindings, and are designed to pair with extra sturdy boots (for more support while out in the backcountry.) My husband just has normal cross country bindings and boots, but he's always been the better skier.

As for little Noah, he just has normal skinny cross country skis with regular bindings and boots. No metal edges or touring boots for this kid! He's hard core.

Ski Touring on normal cross country skis

Our Experience Skiing into Boom Lake

We knew we needed every advantage on our side possible for this trip, so we waited for a nice warm day, packed in a ton of extra layers and clothing, stuffed our pockets full of candy, and brought a tow rope (just in case.)

We fully expected to be towing Noah up the steep trail, or at the very least thought we'd have to help him up the first set of switchbacks, but he surprised and amazed us - and made it all the way to the lake with no assistance whatsoever.

Skiing up the Boom Lake Trail

The trail was actually quite enjoyable for probably the first 3 km, until Noah started to get tired. Then the pace slowed down, and the final couple of kilometres were a bit of a slog. Noah was also less than impressed that you have to drop down to the lake for the last kilometre because he knew he'd have to climb back up again after. (and that's where the rope had to come out.)

We enjoyed a short lunch at the lake, skied a very short distance across the lake for all of 5 minutes, and then started climbing back up to the main trail (with tow rope fully in use at this point.)

The climb back up to the main trail was the hardest part of the day for us, and it didn't help that a group of hikers teased my son for "cheating" with the tow rope! Little did they know how sensitive he is, and how hard he'd worked to reach this point in the day (without using the rope the whole way in.) He started crying and it definitely took some work to calm him down.

This kid was a trooper on the way in

The Ski Down from Boom Lake 

Once we reached the main trail, we had to endure approximately a kilometre of rolling terrain before the descent got very interesting (and super fun!)

There was a lot of screaming (good screaming,) a few small falls, and a lot of laughing on the descent. I'd been worried that maybe Noah wasn't ready to ski down a narrow, wild backcountry luge track on skinny skis, but he totally killed it, and did amazing!

Below is another fun video from our descent. Apologies if it's wobbly or shaky but I was filming it with my phone in hand while skiing behind Noah (not the easiest thing to do!)

Where to Stay in the Area

The Boom Lake Trailhead is located 6 km SW of Castle Junction in Banff National Park. This is very convenient for families staying at the HI Castle Mountain Hostel. The hostel is technically a "wilderness" property, but it has indoor plumbing, showers, heat and electricity. For a wilderness hostel, it is definitely comfortable.

The hostel has a large fully stocked kitchen and a beautiful fireside room to enjoy while playing games as a family.

There are no private rooms at the hostel so you'll have to share space in the dorm rooms, split by gender. Children must be over the age of 6 to sleep in the shared dorm rooms.

For more information, visit the Hostelling International website or check out the story I wrote: Winter at the HI Castle Mountain Hostel with Kids

Ski destinations don't get much more beautiful than this!

Other Recommended Reading 

Parting shot of my boys finishing the Boom Lake Trail

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Guaranteed Warmth with TOBE Youth Mono Suits

We've recently gone through a major cold snap here with temperatures down to -30C with wind chill. What I learned is that you still have to get outside, you can't just hibernate when the kids are off school for two weeks over the holidays, and that good clothing matters!

From the Backcountry to the City Sledding Hill, The TOBE Mono Suit is keeping this kid warm

We received the red snow suit that you're seeing here from TOBE Outerwear, a company that I actually discovered through instagram. A friend of mine posted a photo of her son skiing in a TOBE mono suit and I knew I had to inquire into getting one for my own son.

Go "Big Red," Go

Background on TOBE Outerwear 

I knew this company was a good fit for my family when I read their motto:
"The men and women that choose our path and follow our trails are Vikings. They are not afraid of the cold or the wilderness.These modern day Vikings belong in the backcountry and thrive in the wild, be it on a snowboard, a snowmobile or a pair of skis. We keep them warm, dry and safe because it is what we do."
SOLD! That's the gear I want, and the gear that my family needs. We don't let arctic temperatures keep us indoors, and it's pretty normal for us to still be outside skiing or playing down to -30C (or colder.)

No cold temperature is going to keep us inside for too long

Why We Felt Our Son Needed a TOBE Mono Snowsuit

We wanted to try and review a Youth Novus Mono Suit from TOBE this winter because my son hates being cold! This is a kid who never ever says that he's too hot, and that will still go hiking when it's 35 degrees Celsius in the summer (without complaining.)

My son likes to be warm, and he also needs to be dry! He vehemently hates getting snow inside his pants, and strongly dislikes it when he flips off his sled and suffers from classic "jacket-pant gap," and don't get me started on snow in his boots!!

A one-piece snow suit is really the only product that works for us, and TOBE Outerwear promises the best.

Now because we don't believe in slacking on our gear reviews, my son wore his new Novus Mono Suit while enjoying a wide variety of winter sports over the past month. He also wore it in temperatures ranging from 2 degrees Celcius down to -30 degrees Celsius.

Below are our findings on performance in each sport or activity that we tried while using the Mono Suit.

Kids need to be kept dry, warm, and safe in the backcountry with good gear

Snowshoeing and Winter Hiking

With a one-piece snow suit, there is no "jacket-pant gap" so snow stays outside where it belongs! My son's skin stays dry, he doesn't fall down and start screaming that he has snow down his snow pants or up his shirt, and we have happy adventures.

This is a Happy, Warm, Dry Kid!

If you've ever taken kids hiking in the winter, you'll know that they spend more time playing in the snow than they actually do walking. We tested this out on a cute little hike over New Year's with a few sleds. The boys in our group wanted to slide down every hill we came to, they wanted to constantly jump on one another to wrestle in the snow, and they wanted to make snow angels.

At no point in our adventure was my son ever wet or miserable. I think at one point he had cold feet (not the snow suit's fault,) and he may have had cold hands briefly (but again, it was a chilly day and we were outside hiking/playing for a good two hours.)

Winter hikes involve more playing than they do "hiking"

Ice Skating

Now maybe when you think "ice skating," you're thinking "hockey rinks," cute little "city ponds," or gasp, "indoor" skating.

That's not really our style.

Wild Mountain Skating

We prefer "wild mountain skating" where we go out hunting for natural ice. It has to be snow free, not maintained or cleared, and completely wild. Sometimes we even hike to find our ice and carry skates in our backpacks.

Now if you know much about lakes in winter, let me tell you that they are windy!! They are cold! And you need really warm clothing to survive much time in the middle of the lake (where we are skating.)

Fortunately the TOBE Mono Suit has kept my son warm, dry, and happy on many skating adventures this winter.

Skating across a remote wilderness lake


So, let me tell you a few stories about our sledding adventures over the Christmas holidays.

First, we had a great sledding day in the city (see the photo below) and had a lot of fun. (Even if it was -30C that day!) My son wore his Mono Suit and was toasty warm and dry.

We also enjoyed some fun backcountry sledding (where we hiked our sleds along a hiking trail.) My son wore his TOBE snowsuit and again, great success was had.

Sledding is fun when you're protected head to toe in a one-piece snowsuit

Second, we tried sledding on our local school hill. It was a warm day and so my son just wore his cheap school ski pants and a puffy jacket. Well, he did perhaps one jump too many, landed wrong, and scratched open a section of exposed skin on his hip (remember the dreaded pant/jacket gap!) Well, let me tell you, this did not go well! First aid and a big band-aid followed.

Third, we repeated the city sledding experience on the same hill as in the photo above, but it was sheer ice! Common sense should have told me to abandon the idea and to go skating instead! But no, my son really wanted to go sledding (and in the TOBE suit he would have been fine.) However, he was again wearing his school winter wear, and again, first aid followed. This time he ended up with a matching gash on his other hip (an incident that would have been prevented had he have been wearing a one-piece snow suit!)

Lesson learned! We never ever go sledding without "Big Red." - our name for our TOBE Novus Mono Suit.

Sledding with "Big Red" as full body protection 

Cross Country Skiing 

Cross country skiing is tricky in that you want a good range of motion, and you can't ski in something that's bulky. Fortunately, we've found that the TOBE Novus Mono Suit fits roomy, with plenty of room to bend down, to stretch, and to perform a full range of motions.

My son has worn his Mono Suit a couple of times now for cross country skiing, and has never complained about it being tight, uncomfortable, or restrictive.

And when you're out on the trails (and again, it's -20C or colder,) you want a warm snowsuit for the kids. This isn't ski racing in spandex tights! Kids don't move fast on the trails and they don't sweat. They just need to stay warm.

"Big Red" goes cross country skiing and it's a success

Downhill skiing

What to say here except that my son is indestructible!! Nothing can touch him in his TOBE Novus Mono Suit.

He can fall down, play in the trees, shred powder, and go over jumps - without ever worrying about snow getting into unwanted places. And I don't have to worry that he's going to scratch up his exposed skin if there's a gap anywhere!

One-piece snow suits are part of our "essential youth winter gear" for downhill skiing.

And again, we've been skiing when it got down to -20C (or colder) so we fully tested this suit!

One-piece Snow Suits are the BEST for downhill skiing! 

Backcountry Adventures

Have you ever tried to take a child backcountry ski touring? On cross country skis? Let me tell you, they fall a LOT. They get wet. They get cold. Or at least they would get wet and cold in their school snow pants.

We went on a fun backcountry ski tour last weekend and my son was very warm, dry, and SAFE. That's the key word when you venture into remote wilderness, right? You want to make sure your kids stay safe. And I'm not carrying spare ski pants and coats for that moment when I realize my child is soaking wet. And I don't have to with the TOBE suit because it is 100% water proof, wind proof, and indestructible. The elements don't stand a chance against my son in this suit.

Backcountry Ski Touring gets you to places like this!

Simple Outdoor Play 

Whether the kids are building and playing in snow forts, sledding, building a snow man, or making snow angels, they will be dry, happy, and warm in a TOBE Mono Suit.

TOBE Vs. the Elements. No competition

Extreme Winter Adventures

I consider hiking when it's -30, by yourself with your child, for at least an hour, to be an extreme winter adventure. Fortunately, we weren't really alone because we had "Big Red" with us - and he tried to climb an ice fall.

No place that "Big Red" can't go

Now, there are a "few" times or occasions where you'll just want those cheap ski pants and a light jacket from Walmart.

Examples might include:

- School
- Warm weather activities
- Winter biking

But that's only because I'm not sending a snowsuit of TOBE quality to school to get lost, stolen, or wrecked. I'm sure I'm being paranoid but I never send any of our good gear to school. If my son comes home wet, it's not a big deal because we live 5 minutes from the school.

For warm days, we haven't really seen the need for something as warm as the Mono Suit, and for winter biking, well it just isn't practical to have a big snowsuit on for this activity.

While we don't need the TOBE suit for school, we sure do for adventures like this!

The Cost - How do you Justify Buying the "Good Gear"

I'm sure by now, many of you are thinking that of course you'd LOVE to get your children outfitted in TOBE Novus Mono Suits. But, if you've already followed the link, you saw how expensive they are (and maybe you choked just a little.)

Backcountry Gear that performs!
I can tell you though that IF you can afford it, this is one fantastic suit, and I have nothing bad to stay about the product. There's not one thing I would change. I could even get one for myself if I wanted because the company also makes Mono Suits for adults! (Score!)

I got my son's suit given to us for review, but if I were to buy a second one, with my own dollars, I would easily justify it by breaking it down into the cost of a good pair of snow pants, plus a good snow jacket. That could easily cost you $200 (at least.)

So, that's just an extra $160 your'e spending to have a one-piece snow suit. One that's fully waterproof, fully protective against wind and elements, that is indestructible, and that can be used for pretty much ALL winter sports.

You're paying for quality, and you're paying for something to protect your children, even in extreme backcountry conditions.

He was warmer than me without a question!

Features We Love about the Novus Mono Suit 

  • 100% waterproof (which we've fully tested.)

  • 100% windproof (also fully tested)

  • Breathable (check again. My son has never complained of being too hot, even while cross country skiing uphill for hours in fairly warm temperatures.)

  • Durable (Check! This is the first snowsuit where I don't really worry if my son wants to descend an icy hiking trail on his bum. I know the suit can handle anything.)

  • The Soft Fleece Liner - My son really doesn't need long underwear or mid-layers under this suit. He could happily survive in a pair of fleece pants and a light hiking shirt - and he'd be warm.

  • The Hood!! - It's the best hood I've ever seen. It fully protects my son's head and the sides of his face.

  • Reinforced knees! - I don't need to explain why this one is important.

The only challenge, like all one-piece snowsuits, is that it can be hard for kids with fine motor issues to get the suit on. Once it's on though, all is bliss. And really, putting on three layers of clothing plus snow pants and a jacket, is not much easier anyway.

We've had some cold ski days this past month! "Big Red" has been a life saver!

Where to Buy Snowsuits from TOBE Outerwear

Know that I always check to make sure you can buy a product in Canada before I'll review or promote it. I'm a Canadian blogger and I won't promote anything that isn't available in Canada.

Fortunately, there is a TOBE Outerwear Canada division and you can order directly from their website.

And for sizing, I find the Novus Mono Suit fits true to age. My son is wearing the Size 128 (which is aimed at 8 year olds.) If you want the suit to fit for multiple winters, buy large. I was just worried it would be too baggy and bulky if I bought the next size up.

A True Winter Suit for all Winter Kids

Please visit the TOBE website for more information on TOBE Outerwear products.

Disclaimer: We received our Novus Mono Suit for review from the company. As always, I wasn't paid to write a positive review, and I have refused to write reviews in the past if I was not satisfied with a product.

All words and opinions are my own. 

Parting shot. "Big Red" likes hills.

Monday, January 15, 2018

The BEST of Winter in the Canadian Rockies (Gotta do THIS!)

I hope you've enjoyed my "Gotta do THIS" posts over the past two years. A new year is here though, and it's time to move on to something fresh and slightly different.

The BEST of Winter in the Canadian Rockies!

I still plan to write about the BEST things to do across the Canadian Rockies, but I'm going to write seasonal posts instead of monthly posts, and anything new or special (upcoming events for example) will be shared on my Facebook page.

So, make sure you're following my facebook page, follow my instagram account to see what we're up to each week, and make sure you're subscribed to receive an email each time I publish a new post (so you don't miss anything) - right side bar, follow by email.

I also recommend saving this post (Pinterest is your friend here) so you can find it again next winter, because I plan to add to it anytime I discover something new and awesome.

The list below is in no particular order. All links go to stories I've already written on the subject, or to other websites that will help you.

Winter is AWESOME when you know where to go

The Best of Winter in the Canadian Rockies 

1. Go Skating on a Frozen Lake (The Banff Lake Tourism site has several suggestions)

2. Attend the Ice Magic Festival in Lake Louise at the end of January

3. Attend Fun Family-Friendly Events at Snow Days in Banff in January/February

Ice Magic Festival, Lake Louise

4. Hike a Frozen Canyon (Read my Winter Hiking Guide for all of our favourites)

5. Visit a Frozen Waterfall

6. Head North to Jasper National Park to Hike Frozen Maligne Canyon

Magical Troll Falls in Kananaskis

7. Go Backcountry Sled Hiking

8. Make a Snow Fort, Tunnel, or Quinzee

9. Discover how much Fun Winter Hiking is (Check out my winter hiking guide here.)

Winter hiking is a BLAST with kids!

10. Learn to Cross Country Ski at the Canmore Nordic Centre 

 - Read more here about our favourite cross country ski trails near Calgary.

11. Go Sledding at the Canmore Nordic Centre

12. Go Snowshoeing in Kananaskis (Check out my Family Snowshoeing Super Guide)

The Canmore Nordic Centre has the BEST Sledding Hill (and it's free)

13. Spend a Day on the Ski Slopes at Calgary's Closest Mountain, Nakiska Ski Area in Kananaskis

14. Visit one of the Ski Resort Tube Parks in or near Calgary

15. Plan a Family Downhill Ski Weekend

Tubing is a great family-friendly winter activity

16. Try Winter Camping

17. Spend a Night Winter Yurt Camping at Mount Engadine Lodge

18. Ski or Hike into a Backcountry Cabin

- My Camping Super Guide  has links to every story I've written on winter camping, cabin camping, and wilderness hostels in winter.

Winter Backcountry Cabin Camping is a very cool experience!

19. Skate on a Frozen River (In Banff, a skating oval is often cleared on the Bow River)

20. Plan a Trip to Invermere, BC, to Skate The World's Longest Skating Trail

21. Try Fat Biking at Nipika Mountain Resort near Radium Hot Springs, BC

Skating on the Lake Windermere Whiteway, Invermere, BC

22. Plan a Weekend Away Somewhere New

23. Head North to Visit the Edmonton Ice Castles

24. Explore the Northern Canadian Rockies on a Winter Road Trip to Jasper National Park

Snowshoeing in Jasper National Park 

25. Go Cross Country Skiing or Snowshoeing in West Bragg Creek Provincial Park near Calgary

26. Go Find the Fish Creek Provincial Park Ice Falls in Calgary

27. Spend the day skiing, tubing, or trying luge at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary

Cross country skiing at West Bragg Creek Provincial Recreation Area

28. Spend a Weekend at Lake Louise

29. Discover Yoho National Park and Magical Emerald Lake in Winter

30. Travel South to experience Winter in Waterton Lakes National Park

The Natural Bridge, Yoho National Park

31. Discover Why Calgarians LOVE Day Trips to Kananaskis Village.

32. Try Fat Biking at Kananaskis Village

33. Explore the Trails in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park (Check out this PDF document of Trails)

Fat biking at Kananaskis Village

34. Enjoy the BEST Family Winter Fun in Cypress Hills Provincial Park

35. Spend a Day in one of Alberta's Provincial Parks this Winter

36. Conquer the Calgary Triple Crown Ski Challenge 

Only in Cypress Hills Provincial Park can you skate around a campground!

37. Build a backcountry luge track, or try the luge hill in Cypress Hills Provincial Park 

38. Spend a weekend on the Remote Icefields Parkway

39. Spend a Weekend at Hilda Creek on the Icefields Parkway

The HI Hilda Creek Wilderness Hostel in Banff National Park

40. Visit Panorama Mountain Resort in BC with Activities for Every Member of the Family

41. Ski or Hike into a Backcountry Lodge in Banff National Park.

42. Go Ski Tripping through the Kootenay Rockies.

Scenery you'll experience if you stay at Shadow Lake Backcountry Lodge

43. Visit Lake O'Hara with your Family and stay overnight at an Alpine Club of Canada Hut

44. Try Backcountry Ski Touring as a Family 

45. Experience Wild Mountain Lake Skating (The real deal, not groomed or cleared)

46. Find a Snowshoe Trail - And go SKIING 

Backcountry Ski Touring at Boom Lake, Banff

And, more to come as we explore our mountain parks this winter

Friday, January 12, 2018

5 Reasons Families LOVE Visiting Troll Falls in the Winter

Troll Falls at Kananaskis Village just might be the best winter hike near Calgary for families. It's one of the easiest winter hiking options for our area, and is a guaranteed crowd pleaser for all ages. We've done this outing dozens of times, and have never had a bad day.

Magical Ice at Troll Falls, Kananaskis 

5 Reasons Families LOVE Visiting Troll Falls in the Winter 

1. It's a blessedly short hike

Everything doubles in winter, so what would take an hour in summer, could take two hours in winter. And what might feel like a cute little stroll in summer, feels like an epic adventure in winter. Right??

Troll Falls is blessedly short with less than a 4 km round trip distance if you start from the Stoney Trailhead near Kananaskis Village.

To find the trailhead, just turn off Highway 40 for Kananaskis Village, go straight at the junction with Nakiska (as if heading up to the ski hill,) and then take your first right into the Stoney Parking lot.

For more information, visit the Alberta Parks website

This gorgeous set of ice falls can be reached in less than 4 km round trip

2. The trail is EASY!

The trail is wide, almost always packed down from tons of foot traffic, and easy to tow sleds on. Check out the photo below for a good idea of what to expect from the trail.

And while some people bring snowshoes, I have never ever seen reason for them on this trail. It is always packed down and I can't even fathom the amount of snow we'd have to get overnight to justify bothering with snowshoes. Just wear good winter boots (and bring ice cleats if you think the trail might be icy.)

The easy peasy trail to Troll Falls 

3. The frozen waterfalls!! 

This is the real reason you're going, right? It's not just so you can go for a stroll through the woods.

The falls are also fun to climb on, to crawl behind, and to play around. (Though I'd suggest bringing spikes or ice cleats if you plan to get too adventurous!)

He tried to climb them but didn't get too far

4. There are a variety of ways to access the falls 

The trail is often groomed and track set for cross country skiing when there's been enough snow. And it's an easy ski. Otherwise, some folks prefer to snowshoe (though most of us just hike to the falls in our boots.)

We've used Strider balance bikes with a ski attachment on this trail too (which was a lot of fun) and you could bring those scooters with skis on them as well. And then there are sleds, which are always fun on the hills.

Finally, this is a very popular fat bike trail! (Check out my story on fat biking to Troll Falls as a family.)

However you get to Troll Falls, it's always a magical experience!

5. It's close to Kananaskis Village 

The trailhead is very close to Kananaskis Village where you can go after your hike for a coffee inside the Delta Lodge. There's also a skating pond at the Village, a playground, and other walking trails.

And you can use all of the main amenities at the Delta Lodge as a day visitor. (So you don't have to be staying overnight to skate on the pond or to go inside to the coffee shop.)

Troll Falls is also close to Nakiska for those of you with seasons passes. You know the hill will be getting icy by 1:00pm so why not plan to ski in the morning, have lunch, and then go for a short hike in the afternoon!

Ski Nakiska in the morning, and hike to Troll Falls in the afternoon

And Bonus number 6:  Troll Falls is close to Calgary for a day trip! Seriously, from the West edge of the city, you can make it to the trailhead in less than an hour!

Never a bad day at Troll Falls

Resources and Additional Reading

Hiking with Kids is More Fun when there's Snow! (Family Winter Hiking Guide)

This winter hiking guide has information on all of our other favourite winter hikes near Calgary along with our favourite ice walks.

Behind the Falls