Snowshoeing and Winter Walking in Kananaskis Country

When Gillean and Tony Daffern came to Canada in 1966 they were already mountain lovers, having climbed extensively in the hills of Britain, Norway, the Arctic Island of Spitzbergen and the great peaks of the European Alps. In 1979 they incorporated Rocky Mountain Books and published their first book, Kananaskis Country Trail Guide, written by Gillean — it's now a five-volume series.

Tony was active as an official and administrator in Cross Country Skiing from 1981 to 2010 and built the Mount Shark cross-country ski trails as a training venue for the 1988 Olympics. An avid ski mountaineer, he wrote the first comprehensive book in North America on avalanche safety now in its fourth printing as Backcountry Avalanche Safety.

Gillean’s largest contribution to Alberta’s outdoor community has been inspiring Albertans to get out and enjoy the outdoors in Kananaskis Country. Over the course of 40+ years Gillean has hiked or skied every trail included in her guidebooks—some many times. There are very few people who know the Kananaskis backcountry better then Gillean.

AWARDS: "Summit of Excellence Award" at the Banff Mountain Film Festival in 2006.

– Areas most suitable for snowshoeing and winter walking in Kananaskis Country in various months of winter
– Spring snowshoeing at higher elevations
– New trails in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park
– New trails cleared at Sawmill (depends on progress by Friends of K Country)
– Using Trailfinder and our website to get info on winter trails. 

When Gillean and Tony Daffern

CMFF - Mountain Community Workshop
WITH: Gillean and Tony Daffern
WHEN: October 19, 2019
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
WHERE: NEW Location - MEC Community Room