Looks like parks Canada has has posted avalanche danger for most trails that aren't low elevation, we're going to do ink pots via. Johnston canyon because that's in good shape (I'm so sorry, promise we'll go do plains of six glaciers and eiffel lake later)
It's spectacular if you haven't been there, and somewhat dull if you've gone multiple times every year with your asian family friends for the past 10 years. ^$%#.
1h 30 min drive away from edge of calgary
SUPER EASY HIKE, like 2 year old kids and dogs, old people, and yeah...
To the ink pots should take 1.5-2h one way, if we feel like it we can continue through moose meadows (I've never been there). It's a loop with a 1.4km walk along a road at the end of it. May get muddy after we get past the upper falls though. Also probably going to rain a little bit, so come prepared!
We're just going to take it slow and give opportunities for people to take pictures
We'll go for a late lunch in Banff or Canmore afterwards probably
What to bring:
Sturdy shoes, or runners, flip flops... (just kidding, bring sturdy shoes)
Back up socks+shoes/sandals with a plastic bag for your hiking shoes in case they get wet/muddy
Water (at least 1 litre)
Snacks and some lunch/replacement in case we don't make it back in time.
rain gear or backup clothing (predicted 15mm rain in town of banff, with sat and mon no rain)
Parks pass for a car full of people is $20, plus gas of $40 for a car with 30 MPG, so with 4 people/car, it's $15/person.
IF YOU HAVE A PARKS PASS, BRING IT.
INK POTS THROUGH JOHNSTON CANYON (we would be heading up this way, and continuing on through moose meadows if we choose)
INK POTS THROUGH MOOSE MEADOWS (Note this description was for a snowshoeing trip, and is naturally harder than a hike would be)