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5 Best Hikes in Banff National Park

Please be sure to check out the latest trail conditions with Parks Canada before setting out on your adventures.

All hike information gathered from Meghan ward, here.

1. CORY PASS – MT. EDITH CIRCUIT
The hike to Cory Pass requires some serious leg power, but the view from the pass is one of the most spectacular and rewarding in all of Banff National Park. The sheer south face of Mt. Louis surprises hikers as they crest the pass – a great place to sit and enjoy a packed lunch. Continue the circuit upon reaching the pass by descending down the other side and around Mt. Edith (a bit easier on the legs), or return the way you came.
Distance: 13 km (8 mi.) loop
Elevation gain: 1000 m (3280 ft)
Time required: 5-6 hours
Difficulty: Challenging

2. CASCADE AMPHITHEATRE
This hike begins at the Mt. Norquay ski area, crosses a bridge over Forty Mile Creek, then zigzags its way through the dense forest to the Cascade Amphitheatre. As you emerge into the amphitheatre, impressively enclosed by limestone cliffs, keep your eyes out for wildflowers. Adventurous hikers can make a full day trip of it and, with adequate preparation, tackle the summit of Cascade Mountain.
Distance: 13.2 km (8 mi.) return trip
Elevation gain: 640 m (2099 ft)
Time required: 4-6 hours
Difficulty: Moderate

3. BOURGEAU LAKE & HARVEY PASS
Bourgeau Lake and the Harvey Pass area above it deserve a full day’s trip. The trail climbs steeply through a forest of lodgepole and spruce before opening out into meadows that lead to the shores of Bourgeau Lake. From there, continue 2.2 km (310 m up) past several smaller bodies of water to the lake at Harvey Pass for impressive views of Mt. Assiniboine, “The Matterhorn of the Rockies.”
Distance: 15 km (9.3 mi.) return trip
Elevation gain: 725 m (2378 ft)
Time required: 5-6 hours
Difficulty: Moderate

4. LAKE AGNES TEAHOUSE/BIG BEEHIVE
The hike to Lake Agnes in the Lake Louise area and the historic teahouse on its shores is a relatively easy hike through an old-growth forest. A beautiful waterfall flows out of Lake Agnes just below the teahouse, where you can enjoy a cup of tea and fresh piece of pie. For an added challenge, continue 1.6 km (1 mi.) around the far end of Lake Agnes and up switchbacks to the top of the Big Beehive for views of the Bow Valley and the turquoise-blue waters of Lake Louise.
Distance: 7.2 km (4.5 mi.) return trip
Elevation gain: 390 m (1279 ft)
Time required: 3-4 hours
Difficulty: Easy

5. PLAIN OF SIX GLACIERS
By far one of the most accessible and scenic hikes in Banff National Park, the Plain of Six Glaciers trail offers expansive views of the impressive mountain features that surround Lake Louise, including Mt. Lefroy, Mt. Victoria, and the Victoria Glacier. After your steady hike up, enjoy your lunch at the plateau before continuing 1 km (0.6 mi.) to talus slopes that provide a view of Abbot Pass and the Abbot Pass Hut (see Bonus section below).

Distance: 13.8 km (8.6 mi.) return trip
Elevation gain: 380 m (1246 ft)
Time required: 4-6 hours
Difficulty: Easy

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Pamper Yourself With A Tropical Glow Facial

This treatment at Beaches Red Lane Spa is designed to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, decrease hyperpigmentation and increase collagen production. This treatment includes a deep cleanse, papaya and pineapple enzyme exfoliation, extraction and vitamin-rich mask followed by a facial and a hand and arm massage that will leave you feeling perfectly renewed. It’s also customizable based on your skin type and you can even pick from three scents.

The resort actually has two Red Lane Spa locations, the original one in the French Village and a newer one in the Key West Village. The services are the same; though, the Key West one is larger has a Zen vibe to it, while the French has a more country-cottage feel.

You’ll also be glad to discover that both of the spa relaxation rooms have loose leaf tea bags that are heavenly! It’s going to be a wonderful winter “get-away” for your favorite CRNA . . . you!

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Enter a Magical World in Turks & Caicos

Snorkeling the islands: The snorkeling opportunities are excellent throughout the islands, whether the Caicos Cays, North Caicos, Middle Caicos, South Caicos, Grand Turk, or Salt Cay. But you don’t even have to leave Grace Bay to find good snorkeling. The government has established snorkel trails at Smith’s Reef (just outside Turtle Cove) and Bight Reef (right in front of the Coral Gardens resort). These reefs are right off the shoreline, providing easy access to a fragile but beautiful world.

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Top 10 Things to Do at The Springs!

When it comes to resorts, it’s no secret that The Springs Resort in Costa Rica is unparalleled. From hosting ABC’s “The Bachelor”, to becoming the Kardashians resort of choice in Costa Rica, it’s clear that they offer up one incredible experience. So, with so many wonderful experiences to choose from at The Springs, we thought we’d share The Springs handy list of top 10 must tries!

Click Here for Full List!

 

P.S – Number 10 is our favorite.

 

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Indulge in the Thursday Night Fish Fry

No trip to the island of Providenciales could possibly be complete without spending a Thursday night sampling all the fresh and salty delights of the iconic T & C Fish Fry.

This local event that sees islanders mingling with travelers has been taking place on the sands of Bight Park close to Grace Bay for some time.

It’s an evening of culture and chats, of live samba and dance, of laid-back Carib tunes and market stalls selling shell bracelets.

Oh, and – of course – some of the best barbequed fish cuts you’ll ever taste! And when the sun goes down and the rum comes out, the resident Junkanoo Band takes over, serenading everyone into the early hours with their steel drums and singing.

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3 Foods You Have to Try in Costa Rica

1. Pineapple

Photo: Anthony John Coletti Photography

In Costa Rica, the pineapple is not sour as it is in the United States. There are no chemicals or processing, simply fresh pineapple from local farms. This locality provides a sweet, juicy flavor that you cannot find elsewhere. Best pineapple I’ve ever tasted, bar none.

 

2. Rice n’ Beans

 

Photo: arvindgrover

Rice n’ Beans in Costa Rica is not just a “filler”, but a signature dish to be savored. Known for their robust flavor, Costa Ricans prove it with their Rice n’ Beans dish. Flavor, on flavor, on flavor.

 

3. Coffee

Photo: rockindave1

Simply put, the coffee was just delicious. It did not need cream or sugar to taste good. When you’re sitting on your balcony looking out at the Arenal Volcano with a cup of Costa Rican coffee, nothing has been more delightful, peaceful and tasty!

 

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