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Things to Do in Golden BC in Winter

I don’t know about you but come winter I need something to look forward to on a regular basis. In the summer, we go away almost every weekend, but somehow in winter we only seem go away every month or so. John and I decided we needed a break and decided to head to Golden BC for a change – and avail ourselves of winter activities both in Golden and in nearby Yoho National Park. Most people I know head for Kicking Horse Mountain Resort but on this trip we were looking for quieter winter activities...
Tags: Travel, Canada, John, British Columbia, Calgary, Lake Louise, Yoho National Park, Lynn, Golden, Trans Canada Highway, Cedar Lake, Golden BC, Confluence Park, Kootenay National Park, Wapta Falls, Sigi


Wapta Falls Hike or Snowshoe in Winter

In the winter a Wapta Falls hike or snowshoe makes for a delightful half day outing. It’s a longer hike in the winter since you basically start from the Trans-Canada Highway, so you must add a few kilometres to reach the summer trailhead. If you’re staying in the Field – Golden corridor, or you have a few hours to spare while you’re driving between Golden and Calgary, I would encourage you to do the hike.  We opted for snowshoes on the Wapta Falls hike but even with as much snow as you see in th...
Tags: Travel, Hiking, Time, Canada, John, British Columbia, Calgary, Parks Canada, Yoho National Park, Niagara, Charlie, Kelowna, Trans Canada, Trans Canada Highway, Highway 95, Emerald Lake Lodge


Nanaimo to Tofino Drive – 13 Fantastic Stops to Make

Tofino’s growing popularity has spurned a huge increase in people making the Nanaimo to Tofino drive. Even though you can fly into Tofino, it can be expensive and car rentals once you’re in Tofino are often an issue. The drive makes sense for the majority of people heading to the west coast of Vancouver Island and driving gives you the ultimate in flexibility. I have done the Nanaimo to Tofino drive at least a half dozen times. Most of the time, I’ve been highly focused and have wanted to get to...
Tags: Travel, Long Beach, Vancouver, John, British Columbia, Drives, Road Trip, Douglas, Barkley, Grove, Vancouver Island, Sitka, Salish Sea, Pacific Rim National Park, Garry, Tofino


15 Expert Winter Hiking Tips to Stay Warm & Safe

For many people the hiking season ends when the snow starts to fly. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here in Alberta, we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to winter hikes – where the only additional equipment you need is a pair of traction devices or icers. Getting out on a winter hike is a perfect way to improve your mood and perhaps give your mental health a much-needed boost, especially in these trying times. Described below are my top winter hiking tips along with plenty of ideas on w...
Tags: Travel, Winter, Hiking, Canada, Newfoundland, Victoria, Alberta, Calgary, Banff, Rosie, Don, Whitehorse, Golden, Johnson Lake, Cedar Lake, Niagara Escarpment


15 Winter Hiking Tips to Stay Warm & Safe

For many people the hiking season ends when the snow starts to fly. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here in Alberta, we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to winter hikes – where the only additional equipment you need is a pair of traction devices or icers. Getting out on a winter hike is a perfect way to improve your mood and perhaps give your mental health a much-needed boost, especially in these trying times. Described below are my top winter hiking tips along with plenty of ideas on w...
Tags: Travel, Winter, Hiking, Canada, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Victoria, Alberta, Calgary, Banff, Ontario, Manitoba, Rosie, Don, Whitehorse, Golden


Wild Pacific Trail Lighthouse Loop in Ucluelet

If you’re planning a trip to Tofino, be sure to allow part of a day to visit Ucluelet so you can hike the Wild Pacific Trail Lighthouse Loop section – a stunning 2.6-kilometre section that features spectacular ocean views. The Lighthouse Loop is a great choice if you’re short on time as you can knock it off in as little as 45 – 60 minutes. It’s fun for families – with most of the trail stroller-friendly, especially the  paved section from the Coast Guard parking lot to the Amphitrite Ligh...
Tags: Travel, Uncategorized, John, Don, Coast Guard, Vancouver Island, Tofino, Ucluelet, Juan de Fuca Trail, Wild Pacific Trail Lighthouse Loop, Wild Pacific Lighthouse Loop Trail, Peninsula Road Turn, Lighthouse Loop, Lighthouse Loop Trail Signage, Amphitrite Point Lighthouse, Bog Woodland Loop


Mountain Biking Kejimkujik’s Ukme’k Trail

A visit to Kejimkujik National Park just got more interesting, especially for the mountain biking and hiking crowd with the opening of the multi-use Ukme’k Trail. In Mi’kmaq Ukme’k means twisted – and that’s exactly what the new trail does. It winds through the forest, following the bends of the Mersey River for 6.3 kilometres. What it also does is provide a missing link – connecting to other area trails so cyclists and hikers can enjoy up to a 28-kilometre return outing, depending on their star...
Tags: Travel, Biking, Nova Scotia, Jeremy, Oasis, Parks Canada, Mark, Jake, Peggy, Krista, Visitor Centre, Kejimkujik National Park, Kejimkujik, Cabot Trail, Mark Schmidt, Cape Breton Island


Canyon Creek Ice Cave Hike Near Bragg Creek

If you’re after a different sort of hike – one where the goal is an ice cave rather than an alpine lake or mountain top, then I’d suggest the Canyon Creek Ice Cave hike, not far from Bragg Creek. It also goes by the name Bragg Creek Ice Cave and Moose Mountain Ice Cave. It’s a full day hike now – as the trailhead was moved just off Highway 66, after a string of accidents both in the cave, and perhaps on the steep scree as well – well over a decade ago. There is a 5.1-kilometre oil and gas acce...
Tags: Travel, Hiking, John, Shell, Alberta, Kananaskis, ING, Bragg Creek, Moose Mountain, Canyon Creek Ice Cave Hike Near Bragg Creek, Canyon Creek Ice Cave, Bragg Creek Ice Cave, Moose Mountain Ice Cave, Canyon Creek Cave, Stan Fullerton, Canyon Creek Ice Cave Trailhead


6-Day Central Nova Scotia Road Trip Itinerary

Nova Scotia may be small compared to many Canadian provinces – but it packs a punch for its size. It’s home to three national parks (Kejimkujik, Cape Breton Highlands and Sable Island), 13 national historic sites and six UNESCO sites including two that are biosphere reserves. You’ll find everything from long white sand beaches to lakes that look like they’ve been taken out of a painting by the Group of Seven. Colourful coastal villages, cute towns and one big city ensure you’ll find plenty of cu...
Tags: Travel, England, France, Time, Herb, Unesco, Canada, Atlantic, Island, Nova Scotia, North America, Halifax, Quebec, Oasis, Alberta, Hall


10 BEST Winter Hikes in Canmore & Nearby

Just because it’s cold outside and the ground is covered in snow doesn’t mean you can’t go hiking! In fact, one of the best things to do in Canmore in the winter is hiking. This cute mountain town is surrounded by trails that are just as accessible in the winter as the summer.  And the best part? Some of the best winter hikes in Canmore are actually even more beautiful in the snow! Expect a winter wonderland with frozen waterfalls, snow covered peaks, and pine trees dusted with snow – it’s...
Tags: Travel, Hiking, Time, Alberta, Banff National Park, Canmore, Ling, Johnston Canyon, Bow River, Rawson, Highline Trail, Grassi Lakes, Quarry Lake, Troll Falls, Upper Kananaskis Lake, Grotto Canyon


Brazeau Loop Trail Hike in Jasper National Park

For a fabulous multi-day backpacking trip that includes an amazing alpine traverse, hike the Brazeau Loop trail in the southern part of Jasper National Park. The trail crosses three passes as it loops through a landscape of wildflower filled meadows, passing numerous mountain peaks and the stunning, turquoise-coloured Brazeau Lake – a large backcountry lake along the route. The Brazeau Loop trail is in an area that is reportedly wildlife rich – though the only animals we saw were some marmots, a...
Tags: Travel, Hiking, Nigel, Alberta, Jonas, Rockies, Saskatchewan, Jasper National Park, Icefields Parkway, Boulder Creek, John John, Hilda, Sunwapta Pass, Nigel Pass, Saskatchewan River Crossing, Petain Basin Hike


2021 Outdoor Lovers Holiday Gift Guide

My annual 2021 outdoor lovers holiday gift guide is here. My biggest find is the Solo Stove – a highly portable fire pit that delivers heat and a clean burn. A couple of new backpacking products I really like are featured along with my perennial brand fave – YETI. I’ve included lots of books – from guidebooks to adventure reads. I’ve also included chocolate from a company I very much admire for what they’ve had to deal with in life and a book penned by my buddy Blake Priddle, on being autistic. ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Gift Guide, Africa, Book Reviews, Syria, Canada, Santiago, Switzerland, Kenya, Nova Scotia, John, Kim, Lebanon, Yeti, Alberta


25 Things to Do in Halifax, Nova Scotia

As the largest city in Atlantic Canada, Halifax has loads to offer the visitor, especially with its location adjacent to one of the largest and deepest ice-free harbours in the world. What that means for water lovers is that you can easily access the Atlantic Ocean and beaches galore, along with loads of interesting attractions, activities, amazing food, and nightlife. There are so many things to do in Halifax, I think you’ll find you need at least two to three days in the city. Described are ...
Tags: Travel, Wales, Canada, Atlantic, Dartmouth, Middle East, Nova Scotia, North America, Shakespeare, Halifax, Lebanon, Parks Canada, Atlantic Ocean, Murphy, Peggy, Citadel


Best Winter Hikes in Banff & Nearby

Banff National Park may be quieter in the winter, but its not lacking for winter activities. In fact, locals love to visit as there’s so much to do including a great assortment of winter hikes in Banff and nearby. There’s something for everyone especially in the easy and moderate category. When it comes to the more difficult winter hikes in Banff, you’re usually getting into a bigger elevation day, so there’s likely more snow. Cue the snowshoes.  It’s extremely important to be prepared if you’...
Tags: Travel, Google, Mirror Lake, Time, Canada, Alberta, Calgary, Banff, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Canmore, Rundle, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Buffalo Mountain Lodge, Johnston Canyon, Bow River


NorthStar Rails to Trails: Cranbrook to Kimberley by Bike

For those of you who love a dedicated bike trail (albeit a multi-use one), check out the scenic NorthStar Rails to Trails that stretches for 26 kilometres between Cranbrook and Kimberley, British Columbia. Along its length, you are treated to views of the Steeples range, the Purcell range, and pretty St. Mary’s River. Visit in the shoulder season for breathtaking fall colours.  The trail, completed in 2010, is on a former CP railway bed and as such the grade is gentle. The elevation profile is...
Tags: Travel, Home Depot, River, Marysville, Biking, Victoria, British Columbia, Rockies, Allan, Kimberley, Northstar, St Mary, Civic Arena, Wycliffe, Purcell, Platzl


Boom Lake Hike in Banff National Park

Boom Lake is a turquoise beauty, sitting beneath 600-metre cliffs in Banff National Park. It’s accessible from as early as June until late October, though you may have to tromp through some snow at that time. And it’s a fabulous cross-country skiing destination come the winter, through beware of avalanche chutes if you venture onto some sections of the lake. The Boom Lake hike is easy but not as interesting as many in the park. The wide trail parallels Boom Creek, though you only see it at the s...
Tags: Travel, Hiking, Time, Taylor, Alberta, Banff, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Don, Brien, Baker Creek, Storm Mountain Lodge, Trans Canada Highway, Radium Hot Springs, Boom Lake, Castle Junction


Cranbrook Hikes – 7 Beautiful Trails to Explore

Cranbrook bills itself as the basecamp of the Kootenays as it offers easy access to a wealth of outdoor adventures, both within the city borders and close by in Kimberley, Fernie, Elko and on the way towards Invermere. The city of around 21,000 people enjoys a magnificent mountain setting with the Purcell Mountains to the east and the Rocky Mountains to the west. What that means for hikers is loads of trails across a range of difficulties are within about an hour’s drive. Cranbrook is also a sun...
Tags: Travel, Hiking, Canada, British Columbia, Kimberley, Rocky Mountains, Hill, Rocky Mountain, First Nation, Cross, Elizabeth Lake, Cranbrook, Purcell Mountains, Nakusp Hot Springs, Kootenays, Kettle Lake


Nootka Trail Hike: A Complete Guide & Trip Report

The Nootka Trail now ranks as my favourite coastal trail in BC. It stretches for 37 kilometres along the west coast of Nootka Island off the coast of Vancouver Island. What it offers is a true wilderness experience with a backdrop of sublime west coast scenery. Most of the hike is beside the ocean on a mix of hardpacked sand beach, slippery boulders, and rocky shelves. The forest hiking ranges from spectacular with massive giant trees to horrible sections filled with mud and slippery logs. What ...
Tags: Travel, Japan, England, Cook, Hiking, John, British Columbia, Sarah, Darrell, Gemma, Cessna, Vancouver Island, Beano, Gold River, West Coast Trail, Aristotle Onassis


Tofino to Ucluelet by Bike Via a New Multi-Use Trail

One of the best things that has happened to the Tofino – Ucluelet corridor in years, at least in my opinion, is the building of a new 25 km multi-use trail called ʔapsčiik t̓ašii (pronounced: ups-cheek ta-shee and meaning going in the right direction on the trail) through Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. The trail in the park is bookended by a multi-use trail in Tofino along with another multi-use trail in Ucluelet, providing an almost seamless 76-kilometre return bike ride. What is miss...
Tags: Travel, First Nations, Canada, Long Beach, Biking, Vancouver, John, Pacific Ocean, British Columbia, Parks Canada, Moody, Vancouver Island, TLA, Pacific Rim National Park, Tofino, Nanaimo


Glamping New Brunswick at Broadleaf Ranch

I love camping. I really do, especially for the landscapes it allows me to explore that would otherwise be too far from a trailhead to visit. But I also enjoy the full glamping experience where I have a secure to semi-secure roof over my head and I don’t have to worry about being woken up by a bear sniffing around my tent. I also enjoy the simple things like being able to stand up (my tent allows kneeling only), and the use of a toilet instead of an outhouse. It’s a bonus when there’s a hot show...
Tags: Travel, New Brunswick, South America, John, Alberta, Guyana, Hotel Reviews, Bay Of Fundy, Don, Suriname, Moncton, Wolfe, Alma, Hopewell Rocks, Fundy National Park, Peregrine


Fundy Footpath Hike in NB – A Complete Guide

The Fundy Footpath is a rigorous multi-day hike along the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick. Highlights include pretty, mixed forests, stunning headland views from atop 100-metre sea cliffs and some exceptional beachfront campsites over the 64 kilometres you travel from the Fundy National Park Visitor Centre to the Big Salmon River Visitor Centre on the Fundy Trail. Most people don’t usually hike the full 64 km, preferring to bite off the distance as a day outing or a one night overnight. However, t...
Tags: Travel, Google, Hiking, Dave, Canada, New Brunswick, Amsterdam, Long Beach, Patagonia, Sussex, Bay Of Fundy, Don, ATV, Squaw, Adair, Alma


Pigeon Mountain Hike near Canmore Alberta

What a delight the Pigeon Mountain hike near Canmore turned out to be. Once you get away from the powerline and break through the trees, views are superb. The same goes for wildflowers. They’re excellent in the meadows in summer and even in early fall when there are plenty of reds and yellows to enliven the landscape. Although the climb to the summit is a stiff one, it modulates often enough that you can catch your breath. For stretches you can even see your ultimate destination – no disappointi...
Tags: Travel, Hiking, John, Alberta, Calgary, Don, Canmore, Calgary Herald, Kananaskis, Pigeon Mountain, Canmore Alberta, Skogan Pass, West Wind Pass, Banff Gate Mountain Resort, Pigeon Mountain Hike, Eugene Bourgeau


Interesting Facts About Alberta, Canada

Alberta is one of Canada’s western provinces that is home to both a diverse population and a world – renowned landscape of lakes, forest, prairies, Rocky Mountains – including glaciers, and badlands scenery. With five national parks, over 100 provincial (and wildland provincial) parks along with six UNESCO sites, there is plenty to see and explore. After living in the province for over 10 years, I am still discovering interesting facts about Alberta – many of which lead to travel. After co-a...
Tags: Travel, Texas, Montana, France, Uncategorized, US, Earth, Mountain, Unesco, First Nations, Canada, Atlantic, Alaska, Prince Edward, Victoria, John


A Romantic Getaway Near Calgary: The Crossing

For a romantic getaway near Calgary, plan a visit to The Crossing at Ghost River. It’s located on 145 rolling acres along the picturesque Ghost River, just 20 minutes west of Cochrane, and only an hour’s drive from Calgary. Over the years the property has primarily been used for corporate and team building meetings, weddings, and retreats. It’s just recently that they’ve been allowed to open to individuals and couples. In fact, John and I were only the second couple to visit! The Crossing is o...
Tags: Travel, Uncategorized, Alaska, John, The Crossing, Alberta, Calgary, Banff, Banff National Park, Cochrane, Juniper Hotel, Kananaskis, Georgetown Inn, Mount Engadine Lodge, Ghost River, Camp Denali


Smith Dorrien Trail – Highway 40 Road Trip

From Canmore, it’s easy to access the Smith Dorrien Trail – Highway 40 loop, a spectacular road trip in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains that can be done on your own or in luxury with Canadian Rockies Experience. The road trip can be done in either direction, but if you’re driving in summer consider returning via the Smith Dorrien Trail so you catch the sunset. There are numerous scenic spots along the route along with access to plenty of hikes, of all lengths and difficulties. I have done the road t...
Tags: Travel, Alberta, Rockies, Rocky Mountains, Canadian Rockies, Canmore, Laura, Rocky Mountain, Cirque, Trans Canada Highway, Laura Dowling, Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Mount Engadine Lodge, Troll Falls, Upper Kananaskis Lake, Smith Dorrien Trail


Glacier Crest Trail – Glacier National Park, BC

The Glacier Crest trail in Glacier National Park, British Columbia rewards with panoramic views of Mount Sir Donald and the Illecillewaet Glacier to the east and the Asulkan Glacier to the west along with views of Abbott Ridge, Perley Rock, the Rogers Pass summit, and Eagle Peak to name but a few mountain peaks. It is well worth the 958-metre climb to experience the beauty of this hike. Count on a full day (6 – 7 hours) to do the 11.4 km return hike on the Glacier Crest Trail. The hike really ...
Tags: Travel, Hiking, Canada, John, British Columbia, Revelstoke, Parks Canada, Donald, Don, Alpine Club, Lane, Glacier National Park, Trans Canada, Nakusp Hot Springs, Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Rogers Pass


Lake Annette – Paradise Valley Hike & Camp

If you want a stellar hike or backpacking trip, without the crowds, in the heart of the Moraine Lake – Lake Louise area, I’d highly recommend the Lake Annette – Paradise Valley – Giant Steps trail. Many people stop at Annette Lake – 5.7 km in, but then you miss some of the dramatic scenery, along with the option to hike up to Sentinel Pass. However, it’s a 20.3 km return hike to Paradise Valley – too much for many in a day. That’s where the camping option comes in. Spend a night at the Paradise ...
Tags: Travel, Camping, Hiking, Time, Drive, Saddleback, Alberta, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Paradise Valley, Don, Fairview, Deer Lodge, Lake Louise Ski Resort, Moraine Lake, Lake Annette


Kneehill County Alberta – What to See & Do

Drive about an hour northeast of Calgary or two and a half hours south of Edmonton and you’ll reach Kneehill County in central Alberta. The region is home to a landscape of open prairie and gorgeous badlands scenery bounded on the east by the scenic Red Deer River. Within Kneehill County you’ll find two towns – Three Hills and Trochu, several villages including Carbon, Acme and Linden in addition to unique lookouts and experiences. Cue Dry Island Buffalo Jump, the fantastic Orkney Lookout, Hor...
Tags: Travel, Google, Alberta, Calgary, Edmonton, Henry, Cal, Heather, Linden, the Park, Horseshoe Canyon, Drumheller, Dinosaur Provincial Park, Ellis Bird Farm, Red Deer River, Trochu


Heather Mountain Lodge BC – The Summer Experience

If you’ve driven the Trans-Canada Highway between Golden and Revelstoke, British Columbia then you’ve passed Heather Mountain Lodge & Cabins – but perhaps unknowingly. I know I’ve seen a sign pointing to heli-skiing in the winter but not once on the multiple times I’ve driven the Trans-Canada, did I clue into the fact that there was a beautiful lodge, just off the highway. But there is, and though it does cater to the heli-skier in winter, it’s a destination lodge come summer and fall, especiall...
Tags: Travel, Google, Canada, John, Whistler, British Columbia, Calgary, Revelstoke, Hotel Reviews, Banff Lake Louise, Glacier National Park, Trans Canada, Golden, Trans Canada Highway, Tim Patterson, Nakusp Hot Springs


Abbott Ridge Trail in Glacier National Park BC

The Abbott Ridge Trail in British Columbia’s Glacier National Park (often confused with Montana’s national park that goes by the same name) is the must do hike in the park despite its length and significant elevation gain. After hiking the Hermit Trail in the park a few years ago, I had an inkling I’d be in for a treat. Abbott Ridge is named for Henry Abbott, a mountain and railway man who helped build the Canadian Pacific Railway. The Abbott Ridge hike in the rugged Columbia Mountains isn’t...
Tags: Travel, Montana, Hiking, Canada, John, British Columbia, Alberta, Alison, Rogers, Rockies, Revelstoke, Parks Canada, Donald, Don, Canadian Pacific Railway, Lane