After 4 km on a wide access road, you will reach a world dotted with lakes and inviting alpine meadows. From the pass, you get a spectacular view into a remote corner of Banff National Park.
From the highest point on the Icefields Parkway (2,070 m), walk beyond the Peyto Lake viewpoint on the upper self-guided nature trail, then follow an old fire road to the lookout. Watch for pikas, marmots and ptarmigan.
Ellsworth Simmons was one of the five men responsible for the creation of the park in 1906. The trail begins at the Shirley Lake Trailhead and makes its way through aspen forest and rolling hills. A few open areas offer a chance to watch beavers and muskrats in action, especially at dusk. This is a short but challenging cross-country ski trail.
Head out from Rocky Mountain House to explore the breathtaking scenery and quiet trails of David Thompson Country on hiking adventures this summer. These signature hikes represent the best of the area, from the foothills to the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies. Enjoy the comfort that comes with a guide who knows the area's trails, wildlife and terrain so that you can focus on hiking while the rest is taken care of.
Yamnuska Mountain Adventures is a premier provider of mountaineering, ice climbing, rock climbing, backcountry skiing, avalanche training and trekking experiences in the Canadian Rockies. We run trips, programs and courses from beginner to expert level and have some of the top mountain guides in Canada.
Based in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, Ridgeline's professionally certified ACMG guides are happy to provide you with enjoyable mountain guided experiences for all skill levels. We offer private guided trips and training courses in the areas of: Rock, Ice, & Alpine Climbing, Mountaineering, Hiking, Scrambling, Via Ferrata Tours, Rescue, Navigation, & more. Contact us today and lets start making memories tomorrow that last a lifetime!!