Mt. Lady Macdonald towers over Canmore on the north-east side of the valley. About a decade ago, someone built a teahouse and a helipad near the top with the hope of starting a business, but alas, the folks of Canmore didn't want a slew of helicopters flying up and down so the venture failed, leaving a bunch of parts on the mountain. Like a fire lookout, these things become magnets for hikers, and the trail up Lady Mac is very popular.
You start up the Cougar Creek and get a foreshortened view of the goal.
|Straight up to the top|
|Canmore below. Hal Ling across the valley|
|KC weaves through the rocks|
|The full length of Mt. Rundle|
|The teahouse is on the bench in the centre ahead|
|The teahouse in advance disrepair|
|KC's final steps up|
|The patio on the roof|
|The gazebo below the teahouse|
|Dead Man's Flats|
|Harvie Heights, in the trees on the lower left, this side of the highway|
|We saw him on the way up and he was still there on the way down|
|Cheeks not full, for a change|
Mt. Lady Mac is a better trail than Ha Ling, a trail I would never do again. Lady Mac's trail is more interesting, and while it's a bit longer, it seems less strenuous to get to a very similar view of the Bow Valley. I'd do this one again.