Maligne Canyon - Winter & Summer 3km Each Way (Easy)

First off, let me say that Maligne Canyon is gorgeous, and if you have not been there do not let my opinions stop you from checking it out. Now that being said, you have to go in the winter! Maligne Canyon is a sight in the summer but a spectacle in the winter.

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Southwestern Iceland

The Southwest of Iceland is the most popular, and thus the busiest, part of the country. This is largely  because you can explore this region of Iceland as a day trip from Reykjavik and cover off most of the sights mentioned below. I found most of the sights very impressive but slightly tarnished due to the immense crowds at some of them.

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Northeastern Iceland

The northeast of Iceland was the wildlife hub for our trip. We started with whales and ended with Puffins. In between we saw some cool sights and did a lot of driving. The nice part about this leg of the island is that there are not as many people around.

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Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Sarah and I spent two weeks in Iceland in July and August. The Snaefellsnes Peninsula might have been my favourite overall day during our trip. There is just so much to see and do in a small area. Lots of people skip this part of the island but I would highly suggest taking the day to go around. We missed a couple things, but here is what we did.

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Flag Hill - - 800m each way (Easy)

The Flag Hill hike is very short, but you should think about doing it if you have twenty minutes or so to spare while in David Thompson Country. The hardest part of the hike is finding the start. But when you do find the trail and complete the hike you get nice views for the minimal effort you spent.

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BATUS Canyon - 1.3km Each Way (Easy with Scramble at end)

I had mixed feelings about this hike just after completing it, but it has been growing on me since then. The basic summary of this hike is: go right up the side of the mountain, steadily getting steeper, until you’re scrambling up to the viewpoint. Before setting off I really recommend purchasing a trail guide to help you find the start, as there is no cell service in the area.

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Siffleur Falls - 4km each way (Easy)

I really enjoyed this hike. You encounter a little bit of everything before reaching a viewpoint for the falls. The trail is very well marked and begins in a decently sized parking lot. From Highway 11, just past the Two O'clock Creek Campground on your way to Banff, there are signs for Kootenay Plains on the highway where you should turn for the hike. The parking lot has a sign saying Siffleur Staging Area to confirm that you are in the right spot.

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Gooseberry Lake Provincial Park

Overall I would recommend Gooseberry Lake PP as a place with a different kind of landscape compared to most of the places we usually go. Although, I don't think you could go there every weekend or anything and keep yourself busy. You could go there once or twice to experience the rolling plains but there is not enough to do in the area to make it a regular stop.

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MacKinnon Ravine (2.5km)

We didn’t go on a very long walk as you can tell, since the sun was setting, but it was nice to get outside and check out the area. I was really impressed by the food forest and glad to see it doing well! I would definitely recommend all Edmontonians get out and visit the MacKinnon Ravine—there’s a lot of exploring to do here and we just scratched the surface on this walk!

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Kinnaird Highlands Trail - 5.3ish km loop (Easy)

The Kinnaird Highlands trail has become my favourite trail in Edmonton to date. There is a nice mix of nature and cityscapes that keep you entertained on a leisurely stroll by the river. This trail doubles as an off leash area for dogs which Henry, my golden, loves. Sarah was not present for this walk but we did have my dad, Henry, and Penelope (the black dog).

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