This was Patricia Lake on Monday 5th of December. The ice is about 1/2 inch (1.27cm) thick and was checked scientifically by our @alpineart guy of @jasperweddings transport service. After stepping on to the ice, needless to say, it was not thick enough to support any weight just yet.
The lake looks hopeful for the end of this week, the nights are dropping to the minus 20 range, and if the snow holds off, the ice will be very smooth.
This is a warning to those who want to explore areas that are not ready for any activities on lakes. The crack shot off across the lake in mere seconds when the ice broke through along the bank.
With snow, comes more activities to play. Cross-country skiing, Snowshoeing and Sledding. With spurts of snowfall teasing us with thoughts of powder days at Marmot Basin. Mother nature is playing games with us this season.
Just waiting for the cold spell to arrive this week, so the lake ice can freeze for some good Skating and for some Ice Climbing.
Skiing is only getting better with the accumulation of snow fall. Photo below was taken on the ridge above the Eagle Express. The snow was not as stiff as the west side of the Ridge Chair.
This gem is great year round, ice formations in the winter and water fall in the summer. Some adventurists repel the waterfall while it is fully gushing with water for thrills. This canyon is also nicknamed Bullshit Canyon (if someone can correct me if I’m wrong, please do so.)
Bring crampons as this trek needs them. You can also walk along the top of the canyon if you have ropes to rappel into the top part of the canyon.
Access to this area is on Maligne Lake road south of the Maligne Hostel. You will come to a bridge where the canyon joins the Maligne river.
A classic trail that is fairly busy for hikers and bikers alike. There are a couple of ways to access these beautiful lakes. For this post, we were on bikes using trails, 1, 9 and 12 to complete a loop from town.
Right from town, we head for Old Fort Point where you can catch Trail 1 and connect with Trail 9 then coming out of the south access trailhead for Valley of the Five Lakes. This parking lot is quite small and often the vehicles are parked along the 93 Icefield Parkway.
The foot bridge access
Riding a bike gives you many options to divert to other trails. Plus you do not need to find parking or burn any fossil fuel.
Trail 12 along the highway
Trail 12 has developed quite well for the folks who don’t want to be too deep into the backcountry and access to their campsites and bungalows.