Oh yeah it’s nearly time to strap on the board and head to the slopes. HI has some great winter deals this year, check them out… Read more »
By guest blogger and HI employee Liz Ferguson
On a mid-summer evening, to a campfire surrounded by over forty people, three Elders from the Stoney Nakoda First Nations walked and then sat to join the assembled group. Most of those anticipating their arrival were guests of HI-Lake Louise Alpine Centre, some visitors to the area, one or two people from Parks Canada and a few HI employees. Some of our guests were Canadian but we also had some Europeans, Americans and a gentleman from India. Introductory remarks were offered before turning the group’s full attention to the Elders, Sykes Powderface, Virgle Stephens and Jeff Hunter. Read more »
This is the next in our series on the history of our region’s hostels. The goal of this series is to help people better comprehend Hostelling International’s mission, to see beyond the cheap sleeps and to understand the greater ideals behind hostelling.
Excerpted from HI’s book History of HI-Canada-Pacific Mountain Region- Celebrating 75 Years of Hostelling in Canada, by Jon Azpiri.
If there's one organization that can rival HI-C-PM Region's commitment to showcasing the Canadian Rockies, it is the Alpine Club of Canada. Formed in 1908, the club has consistently promoted the value of mountain travel. Therefore, it can be no surprise that the ACC and HI joined forces to build the HI-Lake Louise Alpine Centre. Read more »
Join us at HI-Lake Louise Alpine Centre for a 2 day workshop on how to capture the emotional impact of landscapes and the beautiful Larch fall colours. From large landscapes to the tiniest droplets, professional photographer Marie-Helene Bilodeau will show you how to use the proper photography techniques and composition to take your photographs from postcards to art! Read more »
This is the second month of our 12 Months of Hostelling promotion.
By Anthony Brook
I have always felt that the Lake Louise area boasts some of the most spectacular day hikes in the world. Yes, in the world. The places you can go, the scenery you can see, in just a few hours from your car and back, are astounding. Sure, you hear some complaints about the crowds and it is true; the shores of Lake Louise and Moraine Lake in July or August can be very busy. That's why September is the best month of the year. Read more »
By Kaitie Worobec
The Icefields Parkway is one of the most stunning mountain roadways on the planet. Stretching 230 km between Jasper and Lake Louise, this dramatically scenic highway passes by massive glaciers and turquoise lakes. It crosses two mountain passes to take you up to elevations in excess of 7,000 feet (2,100 metres) for breathtaking views of the Columbia Icefields. Cycling the Icefields Parkway really enhances the experience by giving you the opportunity to see everything right up close and in "slower motion ". Read more »
As you approach the front desk at HI-Lake Louise Alpine Centre you are welcomed not only by the friendly staff, but also by a magical painting of Tangle Creek Falls. Lake Louise’s Rachelle Kehler is the local artist who created this beautiful oil painting that inspires you to visit the spectacular waterfall located along the Icefield Parkway. Read more »
Banff National Park, Canada's first national park, turns 125 years old this year. If you've ever struggled trying to figure out what to get someone for his or her birthday, try doing it for a 125-year-old.
But we're thinking something a little more personal and since experience is the best gift you can give, here are our top five places to enjoy a piece of birthday cake and some quality time with Banff National Park. So grab a slice, put on some comfortable shoes and celebrate. Read more »
Though the minivan has almost wiped out Griswold-style summer vacations in the family station wagon, there's still a lot of fun to be had by packing the fam into whatever vehicle you've got and hitting the road.
If you don't want to camp, but you don't want to splurge on hotels, we've put together a list of the best family-friendly hostels in Western Canada to offer another option, whatever your means of getting around.
All of these hostels offer family rooms that give you privacy as well as space to spread out. At most HI hostels, the price of a family room is the same as a private room, you just pay $10 each for kids aged 6-17. Kids five and under stay for free. Read more »