I’ve been trying to explore the beautiful Rocky Mountains near Calgary this year more than ever before. I recently hiked the Ptarmigan Cirque in Kananaskis Country which is a short loop known for its beautiful views. The hardest part of the hike was the first half hour at the very beginning with a somewhat steep climb through the woods. After that, the hike is almost entirely level.
My pictures can only lend so much justice to the size and scale of the area, but you can see how small the other hikers are in my photos. The vast rocky landscape is quite a contrast when compared with other hikes I’ve done in Kananaskis Country. The weather was hard to judge as usual in the mountains, but it got especially cold as I headed further up to the tallest part of the cirque. The views were great of course and I do plan to return in the future. Continue reading
I hiked up to Lake Agnes just a month ago, and decided to return to experience it again, this time with fall colours. While hiking up, I suddenly heard someone say “That guy is from Saint John”. I was confused initially, thinking I was wearing some piece of clothing that revealed my hometown.
Instead, I looked over and saw my high school french teacher Ms. Kristoffersen!
A few weeks ago, I hiked near Lake Louise to the Lake Agnes Tea House. This 2 hour hike takes you high above Lake Louise and offers stunning views, as you can see below.
The Lake Agnes Tea House itself was one of the highlights of the hike, due to its history. The tea house has been operating since 1905, and does not have any electricity. The staff live at the tea house when it is open from June to October. A helicopter brings in some of the dry goods at the start of the season, while staff hike fresh supplies up 2-4 times per week! Continue reading
Stephen Avenue is Calgary’s only pedestrian mall, and is one of the city’s most vibrant streets at all hours of the day. It is home to major shopping centres, including a Hudson’s Bay department store which has recently opened its own restaurant with a bar and patio. Most downtown streets are named numerically (e.g., 1 Street SE), but the title Stephen Avenue is used to describe a portion of 8th Avenue.
I’d like to share a few of my favourite photos taken on Stephen Avenue at night over the past year. Continue reading
The Bow Valley Ranche is a historic site within Fish Creek Provincial Park that features many walking trails, and a restaurant inside the historic Ranche building. Near the ranch is a Bow River boat launch area which is also nice to visit. In this post, I’d like to share a few of my favourite photos from this area that I’ve taken over the past couple of summers. Continue reading
I was in Houston recently on business, and you may have already seen my post about the flooding there. One afternoon, I headed to Galveston on the coast which is a popular destination for both locals and tourists. Continue reading
On October 9th of last year, Calgary was dazzled with a sunset so incredible that people stepped out of their houses to take pictures. The city is always quite beautiful during the evening hours, but this sunset was very different. Everything around the city seemed to glow.
From my balcony, I was able to capture a stunning photo of the city skyline which I previously shared on social media (including Instagram). The attention it received makes that image one of my most popular ever.
In this post, I would also like to share several other photos taken that day which show the Rocky Mountains in the distance, and other parts of Calgary’s downtown and Beltline neighbourhood skylines. Everything looked incredible in these lighting conditions. Continue reading
I am currently in Houston for work. Heavy rains (as reported widely in the news) began on Sunday night, resulting in emergency flash flood warnings. Even though my client’s office is only 2 blocks away, flooding preventing me from walking to it. Most of Houston was shut down on Monday. Continue reading