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10 Things to Do in and Near Glacier National Park

Montana’s Glacier National Park gets top marks for natural beauty. In fact it’s been called the Switzerland of America. To justify that name consider this; over its one million acres there are 175 named mountains, 200 named waterfalls, 25 named glaciers and literally hundreds of lakes and streams. And the area surrounding the park is also a hotbed of beauty.  Crystal clear Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park Glacier National Park is a fantastic destination in summer, offering an incredi...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Montana, America, Things To Do, Canada, United States, Switzerland, North, Alberta, Spokane, Logan, Glacier National Park, St Mary, Middle, Whitefish


7 Hiking Trails to Experience at Kicking Horse Resort

If you’re a skier or boarder from Alberta or British Columbia there’s a high probability that you’ve been to Kicking Horse Resort, one of Canada’s world-class downhill skiing destinations. While it’s renowned for its spectacular alpine setting, long runs and abundant snow in winter, it’s equally beautiful in summer. From the top of the Golden Eagle Express Gondola enjoy sweeping Rocky Mountain views. Then look way down and you’ll see the Columbia River Wetlands snaking through the valley bottom....
Tags: Travel, Canada, British Columbia, Alberta, Rockies, Eagle, Rocky Mountains, Don, Golden Eagle Express Gondola, Rocky Mountain, Ferrata, Leigh McAdam, RCR, Purcell Mountains, Stairway, Columbia River Wetlands


Book Review: 110 Nature Hot Spots in Manitoba & Saskatchewan

The book 110 Nature Hot Spots in Manitoba and Saskatchewan will forever change your perception of the provinces. I don’t know how many times I have heard the comment – there is nothing to see or do on the prairies. Guess again. Both provinces are home to rich eco-systems. You just might have to look a little harder than in the Rockies. To that end Jenn Smith Nelson and Doug O’Neill, two talented Canadian travel writers, have penned a book that could forever change the look of your next road tr...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Books, Book Reviews, Nature, Canada, Alberta, Churchill, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Bush, Winnipeg, Doug, Jenn, Facebook Twitter Instagram, Leigh McAdam


What it’s Like to Stay in the Luxurious Fairmont Amman

Since its opening in the fall of 2017, the Fairmont Amman has set the bar for luxury hotels in Amman, Jordan. Its prestigious location in the 5th Circle of Amman, ensures its a convenient 30 minute drive from the Queen Alia International Airport.    From the moment you step out of your car at the entrance, the five star hotel experience begins. As you walk to the check-in desk through a magnificent lobby replete with stunning flower arrangements and sparkling chandeliers, you know you’re...
Tags: Travel, Hotels, Canada, Kenya, John, Jordan, Alberta, Rockies, Hotel Reviews, Amman, Amman Jordan, Facebook Twitter Instagram, Fairmont, Caprice, Leigh McAdam, Tsuki


The Highlights of a Week Long Bike Trip in Jordan

Jordan, a safe and peace-loving country is often referred to as the Switzerland of the Middle East. While it’s surrounded by noisy neighbours including Iraq, Syria, Saudia Arabia, Israel and the West Bank, don’t let that deter you from visiting. Over the 10 days I was in the country I never felt unsafe for a second. You can expect to be greeted by a warm Welcome to Jordan almost every time you meet someone – except for the folks who can’t crack a smile at customs. Why go to Jordan for a bike t...
Tags: Travel, England, Israel, US, Unesco, Canada, Egypt, Middle East, West Bank, Switzerland, Jordan, Alberta, Petra, Amman, Red Sea, Aqaba


What’s it’s Like to Hike the Full Tour du Mont Blanc

Completely updated in April 2019. The Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) is one of the top long distance hikes in Europe, and in fact the world. It delivers superlative, pristine mountain scenery day after day for over a week. The hiker’s Tour of Mont Blanc is a 168 kilometre loop around the base of Mount Blanc, the highest peak in western Europe at 4810 metres (15,782 feet). Most hikers start just outside of Chamonix, France if they’re hiking the traditional counter-clockwise direction or they star...
Tags: Travel, Europe, France, Hiking, Time, Aig, Canada, Everest, Italy, Switzerland, Geneva, Alberta, Courmayeur, Mont Blanc, Chamonix, Don


Why You Should do the Hike to the Petra Monastery

The hike to the Petra Monastery was the highlight of my day in the rose-coloured city of Petra. The Monastery, called Ad Deir in Arabic, is half-carved, half-built out of rock. It was completed sometime in the 1st century by the Nabateans, a group of nomadic Arab people. The Monastery’s impressive facade measures approximately 45 metres high by 50 metres wide. While it resembles the Treasury, the most famous of the many impressive sights in Petra, it’s not nearly so ornate. The Petra Mo...
Tags: Travel, Pinterest, Hiking, Unesco, Canada, Treasury, Jordan, Alberta, Adventure Travel, Petra, Red Sea, Deir, Facebook Twitter Instagram, Leigh McAdam, Nabateans, Petra Monastery


Getting Naked in Japan: The Addictive Japanese Onsen Experience

If you’re okay with getting naked in public then you’ll love the Japanese onsen experience. It’s very addictive. In short order you’ll find a way to carve out the minimum 30 minutes you need to visit an onsen. But many or even most westerners are going to have to get over their aversion to getting naked in public, myself included. The Japanese onsen experience – Photo credit: @MarkEdwardHarrisPhoto on Instagram What is a Japanese onsen? A Japanese onsen is basically a public-style ...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Japan, Canada, Sue, Alberta, Don, Facebook Twitter Instagram, Leigh McAdam, Adventure Travel Trade Association, Onsens, Sea of Ohkotsk, Hokkaido Kitakobushi Shiretoko Hotel Resort


Hokkaido Skiing: The Fabulous Kiroro Resort Experience

Did you know that skiing in Japan is some of the best on the planet, especially on the island of Hokkaido? Try to picture what 21 metres or 69 feet of snow looks like. That’s the yearly average Kiroro Ski Resort receives! While I didn’t catch a powder day, I did get the next best thing – spring skiing weather in early March on great snow with hardly a soul in sight. On a Sunday. Click on my video to get an idea of what the skiing looks like along with some of the other highlights from my week ...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Japan, Canada, Skiing, Tokyo, Alberta, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Facebook Twitter Instagram, Leigh McAdam, Adventure Travel Trade Association, Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort, Kiroro Resort, Otaru, Kiroro Ski Resort


Drift Ice Walking in Hokkaido, Japan

Excitement mounts on my bus filled with fellow outdoor adventurers from around the globe as we follow the Shiretoko National Highway north to the Shiretoko Peninsula on the eastern shore of Hokkaido, Japan’s most northerly island. Hugging the shore for miles, the empty highway offers views of drift ice as far as the eye can see. It’s particularly beautiful in the soft glow of a setting sun over the Sea of Okhotsk, a name that conjures up exotic images of bearded, vodka swilling Russians. Watc...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Japan, China, Russia, Unesco, Canada, Boulder, Seattle, Alberta, Hokkaido, Hokkaido Japan, Facebook Twitter Instagram, Leigh McAdam, Adventure Travel Trade Association, Amur River


30 Photos to Inspire a Patagonia Hiking Trip

I’ve been drooling over photos of Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks in Patagonia for a couple of decades – long before they became hot spots. Both parks are busy now, especially the W Circuit in Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park; fortunately for us the first four days on the O Circuit are quiet, at least in comparison. I feel lucky to have visited both parks – but what a lot of work it is to organize this end of the world experience. I understand now why people book tours. ...
Tags: Travel, Canada, Chile, Patagonia, South America, John, Sierra, Alberta, Judy, Scot, Torres Del Paine, John Gardner, Facebook Twitter Instagram, Punta Arenas Chile, Torres del Paine National Park, Los Glaciares National Park


What to Pack for Japan in Winter

In short order I am heading off on a trip to Hokkaido – Japan’s most northerly main island. I have been warned by the group that invited me to be prepared for chilly temperatures. They obviously don’t live in Calgary where chilly takes on quite a different meaning. Hokkaido, which is at the same latitude as Toronto, is famous for its spectacular mountain scenery, volcanoes, natural hot springs and ski areas. I am told that the average temperature in Sapporo in January is -3.6 °C – and I suspect ...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Winter, Toronto, Canada, Alberta, Calgary, North Face, Packing, Maui, Sapporo, Hokkaido Japan, Facebook Twitter Instagram, Leigh McAdam, Sporting Life, Travel & Safety Tips


2 Amazing Canadian Rockies Travel Packages to Put on Your Bucketlist

If you’ve been thinking about a trip to the Canadian Rockies this summer it’s time to swing into gear and make some plans. For those of you short on time or who hate the bother of planning the details of a trip, check out the following two Canadian Rockies packages offered by Air Canada Vacations. With a single phone call or a click on your computer you can have your holiday booked and on your calendar. If you’re like me, I always like something to look forward to. Why book a Canadian Rockie...
Tags: Travel, Camping, Hiking, Canada, Patagonia, Jasper, Tours, Alberta, Calgary, Unesco World Heritage Site, Banff, Rockies, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Saskatchewan, Jasper National Park


What its Like to Heli Hike in the Cariboos

You don’t hear much about the Cariboos – a group of rugged, remote mountains in east-central British Columbia at the northern end of the Columbia Mountains, about 100 kilometres due west of Mount Robson Provincial Park. There’s a reason for that. Unless you have a helicopter or you’re exceptionally skilled in the backcountry, the area is basically off-limits.  Being whisked around this landscape is a huge thrill But as a guest of CMH, owners and operators of the Cariboo Lodge, I am one of t...
Tags: Travel, Post, US, Canada, Jasper, Trevor, British Columbia, Alberta, Calgary, Mother Nature, Columbia, Banff, Icefields Parkway, Facebook Twitter Instagram, Leigh McAdam, Waddle


The 10 Hiking Essentials Everyone Should Carry

Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links. If you purchase an item through these links, I receive a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you. This helps me continue to write free content like the article you are reading. I only recommend products or experiences I personally use or see a use for. The Mountaineers, a Seattle based organization for climbers and outdoor adventures – and the people behind the bible of mountaineering – Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills, put...
Tags: Travel, Outdoors, Camping, Hiking, Canada, Chile, Backpacking, Patagonia, Newfoundland, Seattle, Alberta, Hills, Saskatchewan, Atacama Desert, Amy, Don


My Best Travel Adventures of 2018

As the saying goes “the older you get the faster time flies.” It certainly felt like 2018 flew by for me. While there were certainly highs and lows of the year, overall I consider myself very lucky. I think I did 25 trips in total, not including day hikes.  Here’s a look at my best travel adventures for 2018. Sleeping in the Sahara Desert We were late getting to our tented camp in the Sahara – because our vehicle and another got stuck in the sand. It was about 90 minutes before we were winch...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Mexico, Adventure, US, Canada, Alaska, Morocco, Arizona, Miami, Vancouver, John, Alberta, Calgary, Havana, Westport


The Glamping Experience at Mount Engadine Lodge

I admit that I was already a fan of Mount Engadine Lodge before I tried their new glamping tents. I’d been twice before; the first time on a winter trip before we’d even moved to Calgary where we lucked out with a weekend of live music and the second in September a few years ago when we took my elderly mother-in-law, promising her moose sightings. “We” delivered with at least four moose seen in the meadows in front of the lodge.  What’s changed since our last visit is the addition of five glampi...
Tags: Travel, Canada, Glamping, Alberta, Calgary, Rockies, Banff National Park, Canmore, Facebook Twitter Instagram, Leigh McAdam, Mount Engadine Lodge, Mount Shark, Chester Lake, Rocky Mountain Soap, Hogarth Lakes Loop, Hogarth Lake Loop


Taking the Train in Alaska: Fairbanks to Denali

I had no idea that there was passenger rail service in Alaska until I started researching how to get from Fairbanks to Denali National Park without renting a car. It turns out that Alaska actually has an amazing network of routes – stretching for 470 miles from Fairbanks in the north to Seward in the south along with a 12 mile spur to Whittier. The train station in Denali National Park sure comes alive when the train arrives Alaska Train Routes While there are two main train routes in Alas...
Tags: Travel, Pinterest, Canada, United States, Alaska, Alberta, Jon Krakauer, Anchorage, Fairbanks, Whittier, Seward, Denali, Facebook Twitter Instagram, Alaska Railroad, Denali National Park, Tanana


10 Instagram Worthy Spots in Paine National Park

I’m super excited to be heading to Paine National Park in Chile’s Patagonia region in January. It’s a real holiday – though I’m sure a few of my armchair readers might think that trekking for 8 – 10 days in conditions that can include gale force winds, rain and possible snow doesn’t sound like much fun. However the mountains in Paine are like no other place on the planet – and they’ve been calling me for a long time. There are four of us going with the plan to hike the full “O” circuit – which a...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Instagram, Canada, Chile, Argentina, Patagonia, South America, Alberta, Buenos Aires, Facebook Twitter Instagram, Puerto Natales, Torres del Paine National Park, Paine National Park, Leigh McAdam, Paine


7 Things to See and Do in La Paz, Mexico

La Paz, called the “Gateway to the Sea of Cortez” is a city of 290,000 inhabitants located on the peninsula of Baja California Sur, about 200 kilometres north of Los Cabos. From Los Cabos airport it’s a scenic three hour drive to the north. Between its dry, sunny climate and enviable location on the Sea of Cortez – called the “Aquarium of the World” by Jacques Cousteau, La Paz has plenty to offer adventurous souls like myself. These 7 things to see and do in and around La Paz will keep you bus...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, Canada, Alberta, Mediterranean, La Paz, Tamara, Cortez, Baja California, Malecón, Whale Sharks, Pacific Coast, Jacques Cousteau, Los Cabos, Facebook Twitter Instagram, Loreto


Todos Santos: Mexico’s Magical Town You Should Visit Now

Todos Santos, one of Mexico’s magical towns, is located on the Pacific Coast on the Baja Peninsula halfway between La Paz and Cabo San Lucas. Founded in the early 1700’s, Todos Santos has long been an agricultural area growing mango, papaya, avocados and Washingtonian palm. These days its also become a haven for surfers, artists and bohemian types. While Todos Santos is still a sleepy town, that may not last much longer as its increasingly popular with people like me who appreciate its authen...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, Canada, Mario, Surfing, Baja, John, Ansel Adams, Pacific Ocean, Alberta, La Paz, Baja Peninsula, Pacific Coast, San Cristobal, Facebook Twitter Instagram, Todos Santos


The Sulphur Mountain Hike in Banff National Park

Sulphur Mountain in Banff National Park, named for the sulphur odour emanating from the hot springs near the base of the mountain, is usually accessed via a quick gondola ride. That’s the easy way to get up and down the mountain. But there is the option of a Sulphur Mountain hike, actually two options but one is best in summer and the other during the shoulder seasons – October to December and April to June. In summer there’s a trail you can hike up under the gondola – which I have yet to do. B...
Tags: Travel, Pinterest, Hiking, Canada, John, Alberta, Calgary, Banff, Banff National Park, University Of Alberta, Canada Research, Facebook Twitter Instagram, Sanson, Leigh McAdam, Johnston Canyon, Basin


20 Holiday Gift Ideas for Outdoor Loving Friends & Family

With the clock ticking down to Christmas, it’s time to start thinking about gifts for outdoor loving friends and family. There’s no need to break the bank either. Lots of these gifts even fit the stocking stuffer category.  I think your friends and family would be thankful to receive any one of these 20 holiday gifts.   For your friends and family tethered to their phones Forget freezing your hands when you want to send a text or email. A pair of one size fits all Albee touch screen gloves ...
Tags: Travel, Canada, Patagonia, Michelin, John, Smith, Dslr, Alberta, Phoenix, Facebook Twitter Instagram, Gore Tex, Leigh McAdam, Dex, Albee, Gear Reviews, Joie


Swimming with Whale Sharks: An Unforgettable Experience

When swimming with whale sharks shows up as one of the activities on a press trip invite to La Paz, Mexico how can you say no? I certainly couldn’t. Swimming with these massive members of the fish family has been on my bucketlist for some time now and the experience didn’t disappoint. In fact it exceeded all expectations and the only thing I wanted was a bit more time in the water with them. Whale sharks are the size of a schoolbus A few facts about whale sharks Whale sharks, the largest f...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, Canada, Swimming, Alberta, La Paz, Tamara, Whale Sharks, Facebook Twitter Instagram, Cabo, Leigh McAdam, La Paz Mexico, Emilio Garcia, Cortez Club, La Paz Tourism Board


A Day Trip to Dry Tortugas National Park

I first heard about Dry Tortugas National Park on a trip to Key West in 2015. Since then I’ve been pining to visit, especially after drooling over beach photos on Instagram and Pinterest.  Dry Tortugas National Park is small, covering only 100 square miles and much of that is ocean. It sits at the westernmost end of the Florida Keys approximately 67 miles west of Key West and 37 miles west of the Marquesas, the closest islands. Dry Tortugas – named for the abundance of sea turtles when it was ...
Tags: Travel, Florida, Hollywood, Instagram, Americas, Canada, Miami, Union, Gulf of Mexico, Alberta, Key West, Bush, Florida Keys, Facebook Twitter Instagram, Dry Tortugas National Park, Leigh McAdam


3 Outdoor Clothing Brands that are Perfect for the Mountains

I spend a lot of my free time in the mountains – no matter what the season. Being properly dressed and prepared is critical to my well-being and those in my party, especially in winter. Three cutting edge outdoor clothing brands you probably haven’t heard of do a particularly good job of offering comfort, durability, and style including Ortovox, Kari Traa and Houdini. That’s not to say that some of my favourite outdoor clothing brands like Arc’teryx, North Face, Patagonia, Salomon, Columbia and ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Canada, John, Alberta, Calgary, Bernina, Facebook Twitter Instagram, Houdini, Leigh McAdam, Louis Garneau, Helly Hansen, Gear Reviews, Ortovox, Sporting Life, Travel & Safety Tips


A Miami to Key West Road Trip

While in theory you can knock off a drive to Key West from either the Miami or Fort Lauderdale Airport in under four hours, there’s a better way. Turn it into a Miami to Key West road trip, taking three to six days to experience the sights and taste the local food. From Miami to Key West it’s all of 160 miles via the Overseas Highway. While some of the drive is slow going as you crawl through towns, much of it is fast on four line highways. Go with the flow. This part of the US feels like it’s ...
Tags: Travel, Florida, US, Canada, Miami, Newark, Alberta, Caribbean, Road Trip, Kermit, Key West, Donald, Cheryl, Conde Nast Traveler, Ernest Hemingway, Oceanside


5 Things You Must Do on a Visit to Ottawa

Ottawa. Canada’s Capital. The city I grew up in, have a soft spot for – and one of the few places in Canada where I’d happily live again. Every time I go back, I marvel at how vibrant the city has become. How much there is to do. I leave thinking next time I come back I’ll leave time to wander the museums I’ve never set foot in, sip coffee in cute locally run cafes, shoot down the rapids on a raft on the Ottawa River – in sight of the Parliament Buildings, and perhaps even take a ride in a bipla...
Tags: Travel, Unesco, Things To Do, Canada, Chelsea, Museums, John, Parliament, Quebec, Alberta, Dow, Ottawa, Ontario, Ottawa River, Parliament Buildings, Parliament Hill


Where to See the Northern Lights in Canada

Canada ranks high as one of the top places in the world to see the Northern Lights. That shouldn’t come as a surprise considering our northern geography. And yet I suspect only a small percentage of Canadians have actually seen the Northern Lights in Canada. You need clear nights without light pollution and the ability to stay up late – for often the northern lights don’t show until well after midnight. Hours float by like minutes when you catch a northern lights display. Time disappears. Yo...
Tags: Travel, Pinterest, Time, Canada, Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis, Alberta, Calgary, Edmonton, Churchill, Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Yukon, South Bay, Whitehorse, Fort McMurray


Prepping for Winter: 15 Must-Haves to Keep You Warm & Stylish

Have a look outside. Do you see snow? I do. In some parts of Canada like Alberta we’ve skipped a season and arrived in winter. It looks and feels like late November which can mean only one thing. It’s time to get serious about prepping for winter. Our 40 cm dump of snow in early October When it comes to clothes and footwear these 15 must-have items will keep you warm and stylish. They won’t change the season but at least if you go outside you’ll be ready to face the elements. I recommend...
Tags: Travel, Winter, Toronto, Canada, Patagonia, Vancouver, Alberta, Calgary, Joan, Start, Oakley, What To Wear, Don, Facebook Twitter Instagram, Salomon, Leigh McAdam