Grotto Canyon, Wolfdogs And The Canadian Rockies – Hand Baggage Solely


After our full day exploring (and consuming our manner via) Calgary, it was lastly time to bid the town farewell and head out into the Rocky Mountains of Alberta.

Canadian cities are nice enjoyable (particularly if you realize the perfect locations to eat, drink and dance) however the nice open air is indubitably of my favorite causes to go to Canada! The pure magnificence right here is simply subsequent degree.

The mountains again residence within the UK are nowhere almost as towering as they’re in Canada and we definitely get nowhere close to as a lot snow. (The mixture of which may make for fairly some jaw-droppingly attractive views!)
The Rockies, particularly, are simply such a particular and slightly dramatic a part of the world, a lot in order that regardless of having seen them fairly just a few occasions now, I nonetheless at all times have “pinch me” moments once we head out that manner.

We wasted no time in getting caught into issues, heading straight over to Yamnuska Adventures in Canmore, to fulfill Derek, our information for the day as we traversed the sweetness that’s Grotto Canyon.

Grotto Canyon isn’t the toughest hike to do (it’s pretty flat your entire manner) which for me added an additional spring in my step. Attending to discover this magnificence at a leisurely tempo makes it all of the extra enjoyable. 😀 Hehehe! (Clearly, I’m not the most important fan of uphill hikes).

Working proper via the canyon runs a frozen river which, you’ll in all probability discover you want crampons and a few fairly respectable winter sneakers to stroll on.

The latter we had however the former we didn’t. Fortunately, Derek (our information from Yamnuska Adventures) got here ready with every part we would have liked (together with lunch –which for some motive, we didn’t even assume to organize for, prefer it simply completely skipped our minds).

All the canyon is such a magnificence to stroll via!

Once more, rivers don’t freeze like this again residence within the UK so strolling via a canyon like this isn’t even an possibility – particularly so coming from London. 😄
As you undergo the canyon, look out for the centuries-old work from the First Nations folks on the partitions of the canyon. (One other useful bit about having Derek present us round cos I’m fairly certain I wouldn’t even have seen the place they have been with out him).

Finally, you get to what I reckon is the principle a part of the Canyon, the place it opens up actually broad.

Once you’re right here although, and that is the half the place you really want these crampons, there’s a waterfall to the precise of it that’s completely gorgeous to see in winter because it turns into this fantastically frozen masterpiece.
(I noticed some folks earlier than making an attempt to do that with out crampons and it was the funniest factor watching make it only a few steps up, slip and are available sliding proper again down).

In case you are into (or certainly, intrigued by mountain climbing), this canyon can also be a fairly great place to move to. 😀

You might at all times finish your hike via Grotto Canyon right here however the canyon carries on for slightly bit earlier than it opens up once more into the mountains and so we figured we would as properly keep it up via…

Arriving on the different to the opposite finish of the canyon, we made a pit-stop for warm goodies (one other shock discover in Derek’s backpack – he actually considered every part) and lunch.

Finally, it was time to bid Grotto canyon farewell and head off to our subsequent cease, one which had intrigued me for days now!

See, the factor is, we have been going to the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary and I had no concept at this level what a ‘wolfdog’ was. Was it a wolf that appeared like a canine? A canine that appeared like a wolf? A canine with the angle of a wolf? I had no concept!

^ As per the signal on the left, that’s not a wolfdog above – that’s an everyday ginormous canine – an Alaskan Malamute, to be extra exact. 
Effectively, because it seems, a wolfdog is strictly what the identify feels like – it’s a canine bred with a wolf. Wolves mate for all times and have a tendency to avoid people whereas canine don’t have the identical mating loyalty as wolves and love human companionship so for probably the most half – this pairing would by no means actually have occurred on it personal.

Wolfdogs primarily exist for probably the most half as a result of human beings made that occur. People bred wolves with canine to create a ‘tremendous breed’ of some type besides these contrasting traits make wolfdogs fairly exhausting pets to take care of.

Wolfdogs want much more area, they don’t actually deal with properly with massive, loud crowds and usually don’t as properly with strangers as ‘common canine’.

As a rule of thumb, the extra canine DNA the wolfdog has, the extra it appears and acts like a canine and the extra wolf DNA it has, the extra wolf-like it appears and acts.

The  Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary exists to assist re-home wolfdogs whose homeowners have realised that may’t take of them. It’s not that it’s inconceivable to, it’s simply that it’s good to know what you’re doing and now have the services to take action.
Most individuals simply get these lovely puppies who for all intents and functions look and act like different puppies, solely to grasp as they grow old that their wants and behaviours are completely different.
When these homeowners can’t cope, the sanctuary steps in to maintain them and once in a while, re-home them with new homeowners.

We spent all afternoon attending to know a lot extra about them, easy methods to maintain them, what they wanted to thrive and even obtained to feed them (although they’re not almost as motivated by meals as ‘common canine’ are – although this may also be largely as a result of they’re so properly fed and brought care of right here.)

After slightly wander round (and with a newfound appreciation for the distinction between wolves, canine and wolfdogs), it was lastly time to name it day and head to our lodge for the evening – the Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge.

Let me present you round our new digs. 😀

We have been welcomed with a charcuterie platter which disappeared in record-speed…

… earlier than heading all the way down to one of many eating places for dinner after which calling it an evening.

There’s simply one thing so re-invigorating about being out within the mountains all day.
Despite the fact that we technically didn’t rise up to an excessive amount of bodily demanding train, that jetlag hit swift and exhausting instantly we have been completed with dinner and with that, we determined to name it an evening.
There was a lot exploring of the mountains but to do and after at this time, I couldn’t wait to discover much more of Alberta over the approaching days.



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