Larch Valley And 8 Other Hikes To See Fall Larches In The Rockies

Larch Valley, Banff National Park

When is the best time to hike Larch Valley? In the fall, when the leaves are flaming yellow. Everyone knows this so go during the week, or early on the weekends. I left home at 630 and was rewarded with a fiery mountain meadow. Here's some pictures, and 8 other hikes to avoid the crowds during larch season in the Rockies.

Live With Kelly .. In Banff

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I still keep wanting to call it Live! With Regis and Kelly. Reeg is gone, but Ripa is still there and she’s coming here!

The details were announced this morning, Kelly Ripa is coming to do Live! With Kelly in Banff on April 1 and 2.

So how do you get tickets to see Live! With Kelly? You gotta win ‘em.

Tickets will be randomly distributed among all ticket requests received. Those who are selected will receive a maximum of two (2) tickets which will be distributed via US mail the week of March 19, 2012. Those who do not receive tickets are invited to join our standby line location. After all ticket holders are seated, it is first-come, first-served from the standby line. Ticket holders must be 10 years of age or older. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.


Please send your name, address, and phone number with a self-addressed, #10 sized envelope to the following address. Please indicate which show you would like to attend in order of preference.

- Sunday, April 1st – 10:00am Mountain Standard Time
- Sunday, April 1st – 12:30pm Mountain Standard Time
- Monday, April 2nd – 10:00am Mountain Standard Time
- Monday, April 2nd – 12:30pm Mountain Standard Time

Mail To:
LIVE Tickets – Banff
500 S. Buena Vista St.
Burbank, CA 91521-4175

You can also register online to be entered in the draw.

If you don’t win tickets via the random draws, they will fill the audience for each taping via a standby list. That means standing outside The Banff Centre’s 959-seat Eric Harvie Theatre hoping the contest winners don’t show up.

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Producer Michael Gelman says, “We’re always happy when we have the opportunity to take ‘LIVE’ to Canada. We have a huge Canadian fan base – they’re some of our most loyal and enthusiastic viewers.” He should know, he’s married to Canadian Laurie Gelman. (She and I used to work together on YTV’s Rock N Talk). “This will be our first visit to Alberta, and the majesty of the Canadian Rockies will be a stunning setting for the shows.”

Travel Alberta‘s [remember to breathe] campaign is sure to be heavily involved in bringing Live! With Kelly to Banff, their branding and logo is all over the webpage. You have to also think the Calgary Stampede’s 100th Anniversary will be part of the promotion on the heels of their appearance on The Price is Right.

Good luck getting your tickets to see Kelly Ripa!

Calgary Daytrips: What To Do In The Winter In Banff

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Banff is just a quick 75 minute drive from the west side of Calgary and it’s an easy escape for a half day visit with the kids. When the chinooks are blowing in town and there’s no snow to be found, pop into the mountains for a day of sliding, skating and relaxing in the hot springs.


There are a few places to go sliding in Banff. There’s a small hill for younger kids at the Cascade Pond picnic area near Lake Minnewanka.

For those who want some variety, check out the hill behind the Banff Springs Hotel. Just park next to the Bow Falls and walk around behind the hotel to find the hill. It’s in a gorgeous setting next to the Spray River and a large pond for outdoor skating. This is the postcard Canada experience of winter.

If you’ve forgotten your gear, you can rent toboggans and skates in the ski shop at the Fairmont Banff Springs.

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It’s Canada, there are many skating options. There is a community skating rink on the Banff High School field.

There’s outdoor skating at The Fenlands, Banff Recreation Centre on Norquay Road.

When conditions permit, there is a track cleared for skating on the Bow River, accessible from Central Park in downtown Banff.

The pond beside the toboggan hill at the Banff Springs Hotel is gorgeous. There’s a warming hut and often a bonfire at the Waldhaus Rink, located beside the Spray River.

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After you’ve spent a couple of hours of fun, unwind with a dip in the Upper Banff Hot Springs. The Banff Upper Hot Springs is one of Banff’s most famous attractions, and oldest, it was discovered in 1884. The air may be crisp, but the water is always 39 degrees when you go for a relaxing dip.

The above itinerary is guaranteed to put a smile on your kids’ face and wear them out for a solid snooze the entire ride back to Calgary. We had a beautiful Sunday in the Rockies and are making plans to do it again next month.

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