I intended to visit Chester Lake back in 2009, but a bear forced a reconsideration of the objective, and I ended up climbing The Fortress instead. I decided to make another attempt now that the bears are sleeping. This was my first time snowshoeing in the Canadian Rockies, and it was hard to believe that snowshoes would be necessary when I packed up in Canmore. There was nothing more than a light dusting of snow on the local peaks, however conditions became considerably more wintery as I made my way south on the Smith-Dorrien Road. By the time I arrived at the Chester day use area, there was a surprising amount of snow on the ground. The walk in to Chester Lake was a pleasant romp, and I decided to continue a short way up the Three Lakes Valley. Breaking trail beyond Chester Lake was strenuous, and I was just up for a light leg stretcher, but the scenery was inspiring!