Free 2017 Discovery Pass

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Free 2017 Discovery Pass

Postby Jen » Sat Feb 11, 2017 5:21 pm

Happy 150th Birthday, CANADA!

Free admission for the entire year to Parks Canada places from coast-to-coast to coast.!

http://www.commandesparcs-parksorders.c ... ogId=53407
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Re: Free 2017 Discovery Pass

Postby tibber » Sat Feb 11, 2017 6:36 pm

that's awesome. Thanks for sharing. I just ordered mine in hopes I'll be able to pull off my backpack trip from Kintla to Goat Haunt. Don't know that I would need a pass but nonetheless.

Happy 150th!
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Re: Free 2017 Discovery Pass

Postby joybird » Wed Feb 15, 2017 11:21 pm

Great linky, Jen!
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Akamina Ridge, here I come! 8)
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Re: Free 2017 Discovery Pass

Postby Selkie » Thu Feb 16, 2017 4:27 am

Thanks, Jen.
Downloaded 2X among my sibship.

Hoping to do the Alpine Circuit at Lake O'Hara in August. Some pics here:
http://lotc.ca/wp/lotc/wp-content/uploads/Lake-O%E2%80%99Hara-Alpine-Circuit.pdf

If you only go once (YOGO) to Canadian Rockies, this traverse would be high on the list.
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Re: Free 2017 Discovery Pass

Postby Jen » Thu Feb 16, 2017 8:45 am

Selkie wrote:Thanks, Jen.
Downloaded 2X among my sibship.

Hoping to do the Alpine Circuit at Lake O'Hara in August. Some pics here:
http://lotc.ca/wp/lotc/wp-content/uploads/Lake-O%E2%80%99Hara-Alpine-Circuit.pdf

If you only go once (YOGO) to Canadian Rockies, this traverse would be high on the list.


Selkie: That looks amazing!!!! Thanks for adding to my bucket list!
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Re: Free 2017 Discovery Pass

Postby dpratt » Thu Feb 16, 2017 8:57 am

Thinking of visiting Banff and Jasper for the first time since 2001 this year, so this will come in handy. Selkie, thanks for the description and photos; if we go I'll definitely be adding that to the list.
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Re: Free 2017 Discovery Pass

Postby Jen » Thu Feb 16, 2017 9:02 am

joybird wrote:Great linky, Jen!
:arrow:

Akamina Ridge, here I come! 8)


So many hikes, so little time. :(
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Re: Free 2017 Discovery Pass

Postby Selkie » Thu Feb 16, 2017 3:57 pm

Jen, you and Joybird will prompt a nice boost in Canada's economy this summer!

Akamina WOW! Found this description with pictures - terrific look back at high points of Glacier NP in Montana -- Kintla Peak, Kinnerly Peak, Agassiz Glacier, Upper Kintla Lake:
http://enjoyyourparks.com/akamina-ridge-waterton.html

For those planning to go a bit further north, to Field, in Yoho National Park (Canada), and who have an interest in Steven Jay Gould and geology, the hike to the Walcott Quarry (Burgess Shale open quarry) is run by the Burgess Shale Geoscience Foundation on weekends, and the guides are actual geologists. You can walk around inside the quarry and look at specimens, about which Gould wrote Wonderful Life. The hike to the quarry is quite beautiful in itself. It's about an hour from Banff and sort of across the road from Lake O'Hara.

https://www.burgess-shale.bc.ca/
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Re: Free 2017 Discovery Pass

Postby southernguy » Thu Feb 16, 2017 5:49 pm

Lake O'Hara is one of my all time favorite hikes. Just a beautiful place.
Better make reservations for the buses as soon as they become available. They sell out fast.
Here is a video I made from 2015

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOSUQgBFf5A

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Re: Free 2017 Discovery Pass

Postby joybird » Thu Feb 16, 2017 8:20 pm

Ahhh! My dear Ms Selkie. Queen of the eye-popping, drool-worthy linkies! 8)

When are you going to quit your pesky day job so that you can become a travel agent? :wink:
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Re: Free 2017 Discovery Pass

Postby teapot57 » Thu Feb 16, 2017 9:05 pm

Akamina Ridge, here I come! 8)



Hmmm . . . Need a hiking partner? 8)
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Re: Free 2017 Discovery Pass

Postby Jen » Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:04 pm

teapot57 wrote:
Akamina Ridge, here I come! 8)



Hmmm . . . Need a hiking partner? 8)



I am seriously considering bailing on my backcountry permit after looking at the Akamina pics!
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Re: Free 2017 Discovery Pass

Postby Selkie » Fri Feb 17, 2017 5:39 am

@Jen: Six miles on that ridge would require seriously good weather (for me, slightly overcast, so I am not mummified).

But it is a yummy option, and thanks again to Joybird for turning on the light!

Thanks also to southernguy for the Lake O'Hara video!
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Re: Free 2017 Discovery Pass

Postby Selkie » Fri Feb 17, 2017 5:47 am

In case this thread turns into the unofficial Akamina planning thread, I picked this up from a 2016 post by akamina3 (thanks!)

Akamina Shuttle:
http://www.akaminahikershuttle.com/index.html

Currently the page simply says "Shuttle ops will resume in Summer 2017," but something to bookmark for future reference.
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Re: Free 2017 Discovery Pass

Postby Jen » Fri Feb 17, 2017 1:41 pm

Selkie wrote:In case this thread turns into the unofficial Akamina planning thread, I picked this up from a 2016 post by akamina3 (thanks!)

Akamina Shuttle:
http://www.akaminahikershuttle.com/index.html

Currently the page simply says "Shuttle ops will resume in Summer 2017," but something to bookmark for future reference.


Dang it, Selkie! You are screwing with all my plans! A shuttle makes Akamina actually doable!
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