About Tanya Koob

I am the mom of a spunky 7 year old boy and I live in Calgary, Canada at the doorstep to the fabulous Rocky Mountains. Our family makes it a priority to get out to the mountains most weekends for big adventures from hiking, camping, biking, and paddling in summer to skiing and snowshoeing in winter. I am the author of the blog, Family Adventures in the Canadian Rockies, www.rockiesfamilyadventures.com.

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Frozen Waterfalls and Ice Walks in Banff National Park

Spring is around the corner in the Canadian Rockies and it gets challenging to find good snow for hiking or skiing. Mornings are icy, afternoons are slushy, and you can start to expect some serious postholing conditions (even in snowshoes) … Continue reading


Winter Guide to Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

Canada celebrates its 150th birthday this year and Parks Canada is offering free admission into all national parks, marine conservation areas, and historic sites with free discovery passes. To quote Parks Canada, “There’s never been a better time to make … Continue reading


Ten Tips for Making Snowshoeing FUN with Kids

We have good days and bad days when we head out for a winter hike as a family. Fortunately I’ve learned to predict what kind of outing we’re looking at and I’ve figured out the key steps to planning a … Continue reading


10 Snowshoe Adventures to Try this Winter in the Canadian Rockies

Snow is collecting on the mountain peaks of the Canadian Rockies and there’s a great deal of excitement in the air for those of us who enjoy winter sports. In my house, we are busy planning out our trips for … Continue reading


Five Getaways for Snowy Spring Fun in the Canadian Rockies

Reluctant to pack the snowshoes away for another season? Check out these great spring getaways in the Canadian Rockies and don’t forget the winter boots; It’s definitely not summer yet in these parts!

Destination One: Lake O’Hara, Yoho National Park… Continue reading


Winter at the Lake O’Hara Lodge: The Ultimate Canadian Rocky Mountain Lodge

There are things that you try once, enjoy immensely, and where you’ll then take great satisfaction in checking the experience off of your bucket list. Then there are things you try for the first time that get their hooks into … Continue reading


Easy Ways to Stay Overnight in the Backcountry Year Round as a Family

Traveling into the backcountry clears the mind, creates peace, and re-focuses everything to the here and now. With thoughts focused on comfort, warmth, survival, and hopefully the beauty surrounding you, your mind tends to forget about the zillion things you … Continue reading


First Timers: How to Choose the Best Trail for Your Next Winter Adventure

If it’s covered in snow, it’s good for snowshoeing, right? Or is it? Personally, I enjoy cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and winter hiking – but rarely on the same trail despite the presence of snow on all three kinds of … Continue reading


Snowshoeing Rogers Pass in Glacier National Park, Canada

The Rogers Pass area of Glacier National Park is famous in the world of backcountry skiing and people travel from all over North America to experience it first-hand. While not as well-known as Glacier National Park in the United States, … Continue reading


It’s Still Snowshoe Season in the Canadian Rockies

It’s mid-April and our family has officially transitioned to biking, hiking, and even bagging small summits here in the Canadian Rockies. We even went as far as to put our skis away for the season and started moving winter clothing … Continue reading


Canyon Hiking and Snowshoeing in the Northern Canadian Rockies

Living in Southern Alberta, I tend to spend most of my weekends in nearby Banff National Park or Kananaskis Country. Every February though we get a long weekend to celebrate a local holiday known as “Family Day” and I seize … Continue reading


My Quest to find the Most Beautiful Destination in Backcountry Banff

I’ve been on a quest this winter to find the most beautiful destination to explore in backcountry Banff National Park and I believe I may have just found it.   I just took a 3 day mixed ski and snowshoe trip … Continue reading


Family Wilderness Getaways in Banff National Park

We recently spent a weekend at a small wilderness hostel with two other families on Alberta’s most scenic highway, the Icefields Parkway. This remote highway connects the Village of Lake Louise in Banff National Park with the town of Jasper … Continue reading


Mount Engadine Lodge: Alberta’s Front Country Lodge with Backcountry Charm

There are a lot of ski-in, ski-out lodges throughout North America but few that can offer a great “snowshoe out your door” experience to winter hikers. Most of us don’t want to stay at a crowded ski resort (even if … Continue reading


In Search of the Ultimate Backcountry Ski Lodge (on Snowshoes)

I’m fortunate to live a short hour outside the park gates of Banff National Park in Alberta where opportunities for both skiing and snowshoeing are abundant. Backcountry lodges are also plentiful for multi-day trips but tend to cater to skiers … Continue reading


Accessible Snowshoeing by Gondola, Chair Lift, and Snow Cat!

Most winter outdoor enthusiasts will have heard of cat skiing where giant snow cats carry you high up into the alpine for sweet backcountry ski runs without the effort of climbing to the ridge tops first. But, what if you … Continue reading


Moonlight, Snow Angels, and Snowshoes

What’s the best way to go stargazing in winter? On snowshoes of course! Head out of the city for a night hike this winter and get off the beaten path, climb up to a meadow under the stars, lie down … Continue reading


Snowshoeing is Boring (and Other Myths I Once Believed)

If you have friends who ski, you’ve no doubt heard complaints of how “boring” snowshoeing is. Well-meaning friends will try to tell you that skiing is more exciting, that it’s easier and faster on the way down, and that snowshoeing … Continue reading


Tips and Tricks for Cold-Weather Backpacking

Winter is around the corner but you don’t have to pack the tent and sleeping bag away for another season quite yet (or at all.) November is a great month to get out for one final backcountry trip and for … Continue reading


Winter Comes Early to Highwood Pass in the Canadian Rockies

Highwood Pass is located on the highest paved road in Canada and offers incredible adventures year-round. Cyclists flock to this area in Kananaskis Country each spring to bike the highway before it opens in June for the summer season, and … Continue reading


The Best Backcountry Basecamps in the Canadian Rockies (no tent required)

I’ve spent the past 14 years exploring the Canadian Rockies and one thing I’ve really discovered is that having a good base camp is the first step in planning the perfect backcountry adventure. Find that gem of a lodge, cabin … Continue reading


Snowshoe and Ski Vacations for the Whole Family

A few weeks ago I made my way out to the mountains for the day with one of my favorite outdoor companions, my five-year-old son.   While he may whine a bit more than my husband, and can’t exactly share a … Continue reading


Snowshoeing Paradise at Canada’s Emerald Lake Lodge

Emerald Lake Lodge in British Columbia has been promoted as one of Canada’s top destinations for a secluded romantic mountain getaway. It is also an absolute paradise for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing without the crowds you’d find at the nearby … Continue reading


Off the Beaten Path in Waterton Lakes National Park – A Family Winter Adventure

We’re always looking for new places to travel as a family from our home base of Calgary, Alberta, and Canada’s Waterton Lakes National Park is one destination we’d always wanted to visit in winter.  We travel south to Waterton each … Continue reading


Gear Review: Columbia’s Whirlibird Interchange Jacket for Women

A few months ago I was contacted by Columbia Sportswear to see if I’d like to try some Omni-Heat Reflective clothing.  I didn’t have to think about this offer very long because my winter playground is the Canadian Rockies where … Continue reading


Crescent Moon Gold 13 Trail Snowshoes: Grip You Can Count On

I’ve been testing out a pair of Crescent Moon Gold 13 Trail Snowshoes over the last couple of months, and am extremely pleased with them.

Designed for Women

They were designed specifically for women and made to accommodate a woman’s … Continue reading


Kananaskis: We Went for the Snowshoeing and Returned for the Mountain Biking

Last winter I spent the most amazing couple of days snowshoeing in Kananaskis, Alberta  while based out of the remote Mount Engadine Lodge.    It was an incredible weekend with soft fluffy powder deep enough to lose myself in coupled … Continue reading


Spring Adventures on Alberta’s Icefields Parkway

The Icefields Parkway is one of the most scenic roads in the Canadian Rockies and links the mountain communities of Jasper and Lake Louise.  In summer it’s a busy road with tourists at every viewpoint, groups of cyclists completing the … Continue reading


Escape to Snow Paradise in Kananaskis, Alberta

Waves crash in the background as I sit down to write and I’m definitely in paradise surrounded by palm trees and warm ocean breezes. Still, I can’t stop thinking about a very different kind of paradise I was in last … Continue reading


Raising the Next Generation… on Snowshoes

I decided to do a search on YouTube the other day for child skiing and there were more than 2,000 results with titles ranging from “amazing three-year old skier” to “extraordinary four-year old skier.” It wasn’t hard to find awe-inspiring … Continue reading


A New Year and a New Sport

I’ve lived in Calgary, Alberta for the past 12 years and in this time I’ve taken up enough mountain sports to successfully fill the garage and basement with gear for everything from camping to mountaineering, hiking, and skiing. Add the … Continue reading