Our photography workstudy, Meghan Krauss, spends a lot of time taking beautiful pictures in and around Banff, so we thought we’d share some of her stories and images with you.
The Hogarth Lakes Snowshoe Trail is a 4.5km loop along flat terrain through dense forest in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park and follows a route that includes great views of surrounding mountains from the shoreline of a series of frozen lakes. It’s a perfect trail for beginner snowshoe users, as avalanche gear is not a necessity. The trail starts at the Burstall day use area, which is about 41.5 km South of the Nordic Centre in Canmore along the Smith Dorrien/Spray Trail.
It was a weekend in early January that I headed out on the Hogarth Snowshoe Loop. There had been some fresh snowfall the week prior, so the snow was deep, which added to the quiet natural surroundings of the wooded trails.
After finishing the loop, we began the trip back to Banff. The Smith-Dorrien Spray Trail is a gravel-road that gives “backdoor” access to Peter Lougheed Provincial Park and Spray Lakes Provincial Park, for ice fishing, skating, skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, and boating. The drive is long, but has its own great views, such as this one of Mount Nestor.
While driving down the Smith-Dorrien Spray Trail in Spray Lakes Provincial Park, we spotted something moving out on the frozen lake. Pulling into the nearby parking lot, it became obvious that it was a group out on a local dog-sled tour. Along with a couple of ice fishers, we watched as the groups finished up their excursion.