Winter Walk in Canmore

Mr. and Mrs. GeoK enjoyed a 3 hour stroll this morning, pausing frequently to take photographs of many interesting sights. Here are some of our favourites:


We’ve been wondering where the herd of elk is that likes to range around Three Sisters Creek in the winter. Today we discovered about 50 animals foraging on a couple of holes on the unfinished Three Sisters golf course. The bull was placid, only looking up from his grazing when our crampons crunched into icy patches.

Old mine building

Coal mining was a big thing in Canmore around a hundred years ago. There are at least a couple of sealed-off mine entrances near the Three Sisters Parkway. Today we found this old building from the same era – maybe the manager’s office / house?

Old power line?

After leaving the old mining building, we walked along a narrow path that seemed like it was at the bottom of a trench. An old power line(?) still crosses above the trail, complete with some sort of insulators.

Close up

Mr. GeoK’s close up of one of the attachments to the old power(?) line


As we walked through the woods down towards the Bow River, we photographed several types of lichen, including this foliose lichen.

Tree stump growing multiple lichens

…and this tree stump growing multiple lichens…

More lichen

…and this fallen log growing even more lichens, including tiny mushrooms-shapes.

Grotto mountain reflection

Once we descended to the banks of the Bow River, Mr. GeoK captured this amazing picture of Grotto Mountain and its reflection.

Three Sisters

Finally, as we headed back home, the sun ducked behind the biggest of the Three Sisters, creating a halo effect and illuminating the remnants of a contrail. Beautiful!

Because we stopped so frequently, we covered just over 2 km/hr, for a total of 6.7 km (including an significant backtrack when we couldn’t find a safe spot to cross a tributary of the Bow). We stuck mainly to new-to-us game trails, and came across some great sites for taking pictures and maybe even some new geocache hiding spots. All-in-all, it was a great day to be outdoors, enjoying the sunshine and all that Mother Nature has to show us.

4 thoughts on “Winter Walk in Canmore

  1. Pingback: The Charismatic Canmore Town – Alberta (Canada) | World for Travel

  2. Mr. GeoK received his copy of “Under Grotto Mountain: Rats Nest Cave” a couple weeks ago. Thanks, Adam!

    A quick scan of the table of contents reveals wide-ranging content: geology, minerology, human history, exploration, ecotourism and more. We’re particularly looking forward to reading about the geology of this unique site.

  3. I was wondering if you would allow me to use one of your Grotto Mountain photos on the cover of a new edition of a book about Rat’s Nest Cave. The author said that he would be happy to give you a copy of the book once it was printed. Please let me know as soon as possible. Thank you.

    1. Mr. GeoK says that’s fine with him (I think you’re referring to one of his photos). We’ve never visited Rat’s Nest Cave, so look forward to reading about it in the new book!

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