Best Hiking Spots Near Banff

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Banff National Park, straddling the line between the USA and Canada, has a lot more to offer than beautiful white snow-capped mountains and slopes for skiing. When the snow has mostly melted away in the summer, this park becomes the best place possible to hike and enjoy nature. Here are the top spots in and around Banff to take in beautiful views and enjoy the outdoors.

Cory Pass – Mt. Edith Circuit
If you’re not scared of heights and don’t mind being a little daring, the Cory Pass is worth the trouble. Not only is the ridge that you cross beautiful as it stretches on beneath you, but the surrounding mountains feel even larger and more of a challenge at this distance. This is for more experienced hikers, don’t attempt this for the first time without a guide.

Cascade Amphitheatre
This nearly eight-mile trek is one that not only newbies should try, but every hiker should eventually get under their belt. Serene nature views surround you as you get to unwind and hike. There’s less of a struggle with this hike, but it will wear you down all the same.

Bourgeau Lake & Harvey Pass
Another full-day hike, this one is seen as tricky by many hikers. The most incredible part of this hike is how crystal clear and reflective the lake is the entire time you pass around it. Reflecting on the sky and the mountains around you, it feels cinematic as you approach it and then again as you leave.

Lake Agnes Teahouse/Big Beehive
Less than five miles long but a steep incline, the Lake Agnes Teahouse/Big Beehive trail can wear you out before you realize it. After hiking eight-mile troubles like the Cascade Amphitheatre, you may think you can handle anything, but this trek is challenging on both your thighs and your lower back. Take it slow, correct your posture, and enjoy the gorgeous trees as you traverse between them.

Plain of Six Glaciers
The longest on this list, this nearly ten-mile-long trek is also the most beautiful. More stunningly reflective and bright water reflects the mountains, but it also reflects the gigantic glaciers that are the starting points for freshwater springs and rivers. You’ll want to take endless pictures of this area, but make sure you also take time to set the electronics down and drink in the view.

Saddleback Pass/Mt. Fairview
A comfortable six-mile trek, this walk will make you want to abandon wherever you’re vacationing from and start looking for Banff homes for sale. Another ridge climb, like Cory Pass, this trek allows you to be on a level with the mountains to some degree. It can bring you back down to earth and make you consider why you are where you are in life. What’s a good hike without some self-questioning?

Hiking is one of the best sports out there; you get to enjoy nature while also getting solid exercise. There’s nothing better than that.

Getting lost somewhere unknown.

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How great would it be if we can just wander somewhere, get lost, and immerse in the most awesome feelings each memory can create in us.

The photo above is a place in Kyoto, Japan. A city I have always wanted to explore on foot. A city I have always wanted to get lost in, beautifully.

How I wish this pandemic is just a figment of our collective imaginations so we can all go back to exploring the world and coming back to our territories filled with wonder and awe of all those places we’ve been.

Challenge the Mind

Have you noticed how kids these days spend their time and energy? Playing mindless games, that’s how. Any game that is high on everyone’s list especially on social media is a game of their choice. But does it challenge their minds? Based on my observation of the kids around me, sons and nephews of friends, games are for enjoyment and, mostly, nothing more than that.

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I recognize the need for enjoyment of most people nowadays. What with the stress brought about by this virus, we truly need a respite now and then. My worry, though, is when the kids keep on doing activities that don’t even stimulate their minds, they might find themselves with dull brains.

Enter Gancube, the global leader in the speedcube industry. A gan cube visit told me that the enterprise was founded by Mr. Gan-Yuan Jiang in 2014. He was the speedcubing pioneer in China so you can say that he really knew what he was doing when he founded the company. Gancube has its arms in research and development, design, manufacture, marketing and promotion, and wholesale of speedcubes worldwide. Categories you can choose from are Intelligence, Magnetism, Lite Cubes, Infinity Customize, GAN Aliens, Cubing Sets, Accessories, and Limited Editions. These products are being sold worldwide and are considered the “Apple Inc.” in the speedcubing industry.

If you want your kid to enjoy and sharpen his mind while enjoying his game, get him a speedcube. A gan cube solver or felix zemdegs, that is. Solve it while having fun! Challenging the mind has never been more enjoyable than this. And, who knows, your kid can even advance to a level wherein he would be joining competitions involving speedcubes! Train them using a Gancube product.

I am all for having fun. I am all for de-stressing especially during this period of our lives. But there is nothing wrong in incorporating a mind challenge to our choice of activity. Am I right?

Grab that speedcube from Gancube now!