Canyon / Ice Pipe Loop

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Distance - 5km return Elevation gain - minimal
2.5 hour loop

I did another loop of the unofficial Canyon Loop from the Peter Lougheed Visitor Centre.
The loop starts with the Canyon Snowshoe Trail to the Canyon Day Use area, then loops around to the pipeline.

The start of the snowshoe trail.

Canyon Day Use.

The second part of the trip continues along the pipeline to the top of the Canyon Interpretive Loop.
We had a brilliant sunny day, and had a chance to get a good look at a lot of the ice formations.

Icicles below a large arc.

Multiple leaky spots along the pipe.

This tree has been completely surrounded by the ice.

A large blue stack of ice.

The snowshoeing along the pipeline.

Large ice fall in the canyon.

If there's not too much ice on the stairs, you can continue through the Canyon loop.
With icy stairs, we hike to the end along the canyon, then hike back out the interpretive trail to the bottom section.

The ice fall along the inside of the canyon.

Icy creek that feeds the canyon.

The lower section of the canyon.

The Canyon campground.

We saw a moose in the canyon campground along our way back.
From the campground, there's a great off-trail route through the forest, but we stuck back on the interpretive trail this time.

Photos taken by Rachel

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