Take A Walk on the Wild Side[caption id="attachment_502" align="aligncenter" width="360" caption="Johnston Canyon Icewalk: Breath-taking views"] [/caption]
Traditions rarely alter for most of us, and this includes the post-turkey schnooze-fest that starts round about noon on December 25 and continues long past Boxing Day. A post-Christmas hike is the one thing that has always knocked me out of my food-induced stupour. If you're in the Banff Lake Louise area, you've got the awe-inspiring splendor of the Johnston Canyon Icewalk. But you're not just tramping on snow or frozen ground. In fact, for the some of the trek you're on steel walkways built into the canyon walls. Tours last about four hours and pass by various waterfalls which, if the temperature dips enough (and almost always does in the mountains in December!), are transformed into amazing ice sculptures. Click here for a Youtube video of Johnston Canyon Icewalk. If you want the real thing, Banff Adventures hosts nighttime walks. Cleats, mitts, warm clothes are musts!
Battle of the Blades, anyone?[caption id="attachment_503" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Kids Ice-Skating on Vermillion Lake, Alberta"] [/caption]
When I was a young boy in rural Ontario, the "rink" for us was my Uncle Bernard's frozen pond where his herd of 200 beef cattle quenched their thirst in steamy summer months. But, in winter, it froze over and, with the help of my uncle's garden hose we flooded the frozen surface and, voila, we had an instant outdoor skating rink from December to March. There's something almost Disney-esque about ice-skating on a frozen natural water body surrounded by trees and wildlife. If you happen to be in Banff Lake Louise area, grab your skates and head out to Vermillion Lake, which is just west of Banff between the Bow River and the Trans Canada Highway.For more winter-time holiday activities in Banff Lake Louise, visit the Banff National Park - Lake Louise web site. I welcome you to post images and details on the holidays traditions and activities in your neck of the Canadian woods.