About Mountain Madness Tours

Thanks for visiting our website and finding your way to Ben’s Blog. I’m your host, owner and operator of Mountain Madness Tours. We’re a pretty small operation, for the most part just myself and a couple of part time helpers which makes us super...

An interview with Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mountain Lodge

Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mountain Lodge By Matt Corlett, as told to Tammie Burak Sometime in the mid-1940’s, William (Bill) Hayhurst, a Jasper high school principal opened Sunwapta Tea House on lease land. He built some cabins. There was no power, no water. Bill was a bit...

Experience the Rockies on an E-Bike

You don’t have to be a super-fit athlete to ride the Icefields Parkway. It helps to be in reasonably good physical shape, but if cycling the Parkway is something you really want to do, a can-do attitude can go a long way toward accomplishing your goal. Mountain...

People of the Parkway – Part 3. The Palliser Expedition

The Palliser Expedition, 1857-60 John Palliser was born in Ireland in 1817 to a wealthy family. He loved hunting and exploring and caught the passion for frontier life when on a hunting expedition in Missouri in 1847-48. He later conceived a plan to lead an expedition...

People of the Parkway – Part 2. The Fur Trade

The Fur Trade The fur trade was a driving force behind the development of Canada as a nation, but it started quite by accident. European fishermen drying cod in Newfoundland to sell in Europe, traded cloth with First Nations people who brought them furs in exchange....