About Cathie Lank

Cathie Lank is an Alberta-based outdoor travel writer and photographer who has spent many years exploring the backcountry in the beautiful Canadian Rockies as well as many destinations abroad. She enjoys hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing, cross-country and backcountry skiing and anything that is outside and active. Her writing focus is in outdoor recreation, active vacations and adventure travel.


Banff National Park’s Fourth Annual Snowshoe Blitz Held at Lake Louise

Lake Louise was bombarded by a host of leprechauns on March 16 as the fourth annual Blitz Snowshoe Fun Run took place the day before St. Paddy’s day at one of Banff National Park’s most iconic locations, Fairmont Chateau Lake … Continue reading

Book Review: A Beginner’s Guide to Snowshoeing in the Canadian Rockies by Andrew Nugara

Well, snowshoers asked and Andrew Nugara has delivered. The not-so-long-awaited Beginners Guide to Snowshoeing in the Canadian Rockies, which has come hot on the heels of Nugara’s more advanced guide Snowshoeing in the Canadian Rockies, is now available through Rocky … Continue reading

WasSUP, Banff?

Living in landlocked Banff surrounded by glacier-fed lakes I don’t know the first thing about stand up paddleboards, or SUPs, but when I see them in magazines they are always on warm turquoise seas with fine white sandy beaches in … Continue reading

Book Review: Outdoor Safety and Survival

If you thought you were well prepared for backcountry travel, even after years of getting out there, well think again! After a quick glance through Mike Nash’s Outdoor Safety and Survival book I was compelled to read it right through. … Continue reading

Banff’s Nature in Focus Guiding Company


I hear it and feel it beneath my feet. I’m snowshoeing across a small mountain lake with our friends and guides Paul and Eva Sylvestre, owners of Nature in Focus in Banff, and I look at Paul suddenly feeling … Continue reading

Dog-Friendly Snowshoeing in and Around Banff National Park

Traveling to Banff National Park for a snowshoe destination is a great experience for the whole family – even for Rover! Banff offers a wide variety of pet-friendly accommodations ranging from rustic cabins to luxury rooms and an excellent selection … Continue reading

Successful Third Annual Blitz Snowshoe Fun Run in Banff

A lot of people showed up at Mt Norquay ski hill in Banff National Park on the morning of March 3, not with skis in hand, but with snowshoes and smiles.

It was the third annual Blitz Snowshoe Fun RunContinue reading

Mt. Engadine Lodge: The Jewel of Spray Valley Provincial Park

The adventure begins as soon as I start driving up the steep Spray Lakes Road above the small mountain town of Canmore known as the eastern gateway to Banff National Park.

I’m heading up to Mount Engadine Lodge, located … Continue reading

Book Review: Snowshoeing in the Canadian Rockies

Finally! Nugara brings us a much-needed snowshoeing guidebook for the Canadian Rockies and literally takes snowshoeing to new heights. The book covers areas from Waterton Lakes National Park to Banff National Park and shows easy to difficult snowshoeing routes with … Continue reading

Banff’s Top 10 Après-snowshoe Destinations

No matter what kind of snowshoer you are Banff National Park offers a wide variety of après-snowshoe experiences; from the historic to the wild to the modern, there’s something for everyone. Here are some of Banff’s best;


Storm Mountain … Continue reading