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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


See photos of the 'worst weather storm of the century' that just slammed Canada, leading to flooded ports, highway rescue missions, and 300 stranded vehicles

REUTERS/Jennifer Gauthier Canadian officials have declared this week's deadly storm as the "worst weather storm in a century." Extreme rainfall destroyed highways and shut down Canada's largest port, stalling the supply chain.  See photos of the storm's devastating aftermath — from sinking cars to helicopter rescues. British Columbia Transportation Minister Rob Fleming called the storm that wreaked havoc across the Pacific Northwest the "worst weather storm in a century." REUTER...
Tags: Transportation, Weather, Science, News, International, Trends, Features, Canada, Flooding, Storms, Vancouver, North America, Pacific Northwest, Columbia, Abbotsford, Trans Canada


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


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


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


Easy Kananaskis Hikes Everyone Will Love

We are lucky in Alberta to have such a wide range of hiking opportunities available to us in Kananaskis Country. While the area that makes up Kananaskis Country is huge – covering a swath of land from the Sheep River Valley to parts of the Ghost Valley Wilderness, the Highwood Pass area, Bragg Creek and Highway 40 – Smith-Dorrien Road. The focus of this post is on easy Kananaskis hikes in Peter Lougheed, Bow Valley, Bow Valley Wildland , Spray Valley and Elbow Sheep Wildland Provincial Pa...
Tags: Travel, Hiking, John, Alberta, Don, Canmore, Trans Canada, Woody, Elbow Lake, Trans Canada Highway, Kananaskis, Grassi, Lower Lake, Bill Allen, Canmore Nordic Centre, Kananaskis Country


Cowichan Valley From Victoria Via Bike

Southern Vancouver Island’s Cowichan Valley is an undiscovered gem. It offers lots of quiet back road and trail biking combined with taste worthy stops at any one of fourteen wineries. Rolling, pastoral landscapes with mountainous backdrops to the west are what you will encounter every day on your bike. Evenings can be spent in wonderful B&B’s, 5-star hotels, unique accommodations,  along with budget options with some camping possibilities too. You’ll encounter small towns and villages like Shaw...
Tags: Travel, US, Canada, Biking, Vancouver, Victoria, Kingston, West Coast, Washington State, Seattle, British Columbia, United Airlines, Abigail, Duncan, Allen, Ganges


Victoria to the Cowichan Valley: A 6-Day Biking Itinerary

Southern Vancouver Island’s Cowichan Valley is an undiscovered gem. It offers lots of quiet back road and trail biking combined with taste worthy stops at any one of fourteen wineries. Rolling, pastoral landscapes with mountainous backdrops to the west are what you will encounter every day on your bike. Evenings can be spent in wonderful B&B’s, 5-star hotels, unique accommodations,  along with budget options with some camping possibilities too. You’ll encounter small towns and villages like Shaw...
Tags: Travel, US, Canada, Biking, Vancouver, Victoria, Kingston, West Coast, Washington State, Seattle, British Columbia, United Airlines, Abigail, Duncan, Allen, Ganges


The Jura Creek Hike Near Canmore, Alberta

The Jura Creek hike near Canmore is a family-friendly outing with an option to add a level of difficulty by doing a loop hike that includes a scramble of Doorjamb and Loder Peak. Another alternative once out of the canyon and past the false fault, is to walk up Jura Creek for many kilometres. Near the end of Jura Creek, you can climb Morrowmount (in the summer or fall), a peak named for Patrick Morrow, the second Canadian to summit Mount Everest. That’s approximately a 20 – 22 km return hike wit...
Tags: Travel, Utah, Hiking, Alberta, Mount Everest, Calgary, Banff National Park, Canmore, Trans Canada, Grotto Canyon, Exshaw, Alberta Parks, Kananaskis Country Click, Mountain Lakes, Jura Creek, Jura Creek Hike Near Canmore Alberta


Where to Go Snowshoeing in Banff National Park

Snowshoeing in Banff National Park is a fun, invigorating way to spend time outdoors in winter. It’s hard to beat rosy cheeks and the glow you get after a few hours outdoors in Mother Nature. In Banff National Park, there are loads of trails to choose from – including some that will get your heart pounding for hours at a time. Don’t worry though. There are plenty of easy, family-friendly options for those of you who just want to break up the day and get out for an hour or two. No matter where ...
Tags: Travel, Mirror Lake, Mexico, Alberta, Banff, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Don, Rundle, Trans Canada, Sunshine Village, Jody, Mount Norquay, Sanson, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Gibbon


What to Do in Kootenay National Park in Winter

Kootenay National Park, located in southeast British Columbia, is one of four national parks that make up the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site. When you drive Highway 93 – the only major highway through the park you get the feeling that much of the park remains untrampled and unexplored. Steep mountains, waterfalls galore, canyons, beautiful rivers and even a hot spring are all here waiting to be discovered. Kootenay National Park is a popular destination in summer with severa...
Tags: Travel, British Columbia, Alberta, Continental, Lake Louise, Don, Trans Canada, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Trans Canada Highway, Vermillion River, Dolly Varden, CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING, Snowshoeing, British Columbia Alberta, Kootenay National Park, Radium Hot Springs


Western Canada’s Rally In The Rockies 2020

In 2008 I rented a Heritage Classic from Calgary Harley Davidson Rentals. It was the first Harley I’d ever ridden and marked the beginning of my appreciation for the brand and their bikes. The funny thing is that I didn’t like it at first, but it grew on me over the 24 hours I had to ride it. I owned two Harleys in the years following that rental experience and enjoyed immensely the time I spent cruising through the Canadian Rockies that are only 40 minutes west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada where...
Tags: Travel, Milwaukee, US, Canada, Motorcycles, Tourism, Bmw, British Columbia, Alberta, Harley Davidson, Banff, Rockies, Harley, Fernie, Canmore, Marion


The Hike to Three Isle Lake Hike in Kananaskis Country

If you’re looking for a long day hike or a backpacking trip in the mountains, within a few hours drive of Calgary, check out Three Isle Lake in Kananaskis Country. It’s a great choice as it also offers several options to continue beyond the lake – including the difficult but reportedly fabulous Northover Traverse along with the easy hike to South Kananaskis Pass and Beatty Lake. Fortunately the hike up to the lake is worthwhile in itself. And Three Isle Lake is also a pretty destination in its o...
Tags: Travel, Hiking, British Columbia, Alberta, Calgary, Don, Trans Canada, Kananaskis, Kananaskis Country, Upper Kananaskis Lake, Smith Dorrien Trail, Alberta Parks, Kananaskis Country Click, Kananaskis Lakes Trail, Kananaskis Trail Hikes, South End of Lawson hike


Biking Alberta’s Goat Creek Trail from Canmore to Banff

Alberta’s Goat Creek Trail offers a fun mountain bike ride that traverses the beautiful valley between Mount Rundle and Sulphur Mountain. The trail starts above the town of Canmore at the top of the Smith Dorrien Road- Spray Lakes Road and finishes at the Spray River West trailhead, located approximately 150 metres beyond the Banff Springs Hotel at the northern end of Spray Avenue in Banff. From there you can cycle through Banff to pick up the Legacy Trail and ultimately finish in downtown Canmo...
Tags: Travel, Canada, Mountain Biking, Biking, Smith, Alberta, Banff, Banff National Park, Banff Springs, Don, Canmore, Hardy, Trans Canada, Whiteman, Mount Rundle, Banff Avenue


7 Bragg Creek Hikes along Highway 66 in Alberta

If you live in Bragg Creek you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to hiking. Fortunately for those of us who live in Calgary, all of the trailheads for the Bragg Creek hikes described below are less than an hour’s drive away. All the trailheads are accessed off of Highway 66, with the Fullerton Loop and Sugar Mama hikes the first ones you reach, only 15 kilometres southwest of Bragg Creek. These seven Bragg Creek hikes are lovely – offering a mix of ridge walks and mountains. But for many...
Tags: Travel, Hiking, Canada, Alberta, Calgary, Banff National Park, Sugar Daddy, Don, Trans Canada, Bobcat, Paddy, Trans Canada Highway, Kananaskis, Bill Allen, Bragg Creek, Moose Mountain


15 of the Best Road Trips in Canada

Imagine a great play list, the wind in your face and the freedom of the road as you experience one or more of these beautiful road trips in Canada. We’re spoiled for choice in this country – though the season for road trips in Canada tends to be short – unless you love driving in snow. Described are 15 road trips in Canada – from the Yukon to Newfoundland. Some will take you only a day, some a week – though it’s almost always easy to extend the experience. All will help you put some distance b...
Tags: Travel, Montana, Time, Unesco, Canada, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Jasper, Trinity, Vancouver, Nova Scotia, North America, Whistler, British Columbia, Alberta, Calgary


9 Canmore Hikes That Offer Great Views

The town of Canmore is both the gateway to Banff National Park and an access point to Kananaskis Country. As a result there is an unbelievable amount of truly exceptional hiking within an hour’s drive. I’ve tried to showcase Canmore hikes that offer views within a short distance of the town, with most about a 15 -20 minute drive away. The hike to the Sparrowhawk Tarns is the exception. Many of these Canmore hikes can be done beginning early in spring – save for the Year of the Virus. Ha Ling i...
Tags: Travel, Hiking, Canada, Alberta, Calgary, Banff National Park, Don, Alpine Club, Canmore, MacDonald, Trans Canada, Bow River, Kananaskis, Grassi, Canmore Nordic Centre, Grassi Lakes


Why you should visit Banff and Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies during the winter

This post is in partnership with Ski Canada and Travel Mindset.  Why you should visit Banff and Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies during the winter When you think of winter in Canada, what images come to mind?  Do you see giant snow-capped peaks and big fluffy snowflakes falling on a frozen mountain lake? Do you see yourself sitting beside a crackling fire inside a cozy ski lodge? While some people choose to escape winter’s chill and head south, we look forward to the snow. We embrace wi...
Tags: Travel, Canada, Jasper, Vancouver, John, North America, Snowboarding, Travel Tips, Alberta, Calgary, National Park, Continental, World Heritage Site, Ski Resort, Unesco World Heritage Site, Banff


Snowshoeing in Kananaskis – 9 Trails to Explore

Snowshoeing in Kananaskis Country is a rewarding way to spend a winter day. Many of the trails are just an hour from Calgary, while others can be closer to two hours depending on road conditions. There’s a huge amount of variety – with respect to difficulty and terrain. Many of these trails fall into the dead easy category, but still they’re very beautiful. If you want a workout with some mountain slendour, you’ll have to gain some elevation. Chester Lake and Rawson Lake, as examples, reward wit...
Tags: Travel, Alberta, Calgary, Chester, Canmore, Trans Canada, Rummel, Evan Thomas, Kananaskis, Centennial Drive, Snowshoeing, Kananaskis Country, Smith Dorrien Road, Troll Falls, Smith Dorrien Trail, Sawmill Creek


Cowboy Country and smoke carried on a North West wind

Thursday 30th May 2019The Cypress Hills lie about fifty kilometres to the south of the Trans Canada Highway. It is a lush highaltitude area pine backwoods lakes and rugged hills surrounded by ranch land grasslands where large stee
Tags: Travel, Trans Canada, Cypress Hills


Tips For Going on a Canada Road Trip

Canada is a huge place just waiting for you to get out there and explore the open road.  The country has some of the most beautiful countryside and amazing trip routes you’ll find anywhere in the world.   The biggest problem when Going on a Canada Road Trip is that there are so many different breathtaking routes to travel.  Check out a brief look at a few of the best ways you can plan your road trip adventure through Canada. 5 Tips For Going on a Canada Road Trip A few driving reminders...
Tags: Travel, Sponsored, Budget, Canada, Newfoundland, John, Trans Canada, Victoria British Columbia, Trans Canada Highway, Canada Road Trip, Trans Canada Highway Also


The Hike to Johnston Canyon in Winter

The hike to Johnston Canyon in winter ticks off all the boxes when it comes to a fun, half-day adventure. It’s one of the most popular winter activities in Banff National Park but don’t let that put you off. To avoid the crowds, plan to start either early or late in the day, appreciating that the sun sets by 4:45 PM in late December. Sometimes you will literally slip-slide your way up Johnston Canyon in winter due to the fluctuating temperatures and freeze-thaw cycles while at other times it wi...
Tags: Travel, Cowboys, Canada, Alberta, Calgary, Banff, Banff National Park, Mec, Trans Canada, Facebook Twitter Instagram, Johnston Canyon, Bow River, Jody Robbins, Upper Falls, Johnston Canyon From Banff, Trans Canada Highway Take


The Hike to Black Prince Cirque

Pull into the Black Prince Trailhead on the Smith Dorrien Road in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park and you will be met with a couple of options – one family friendly and the other – a hike up to Black Prince Lake and Black Prince Cirque, not so much. The majority of visitors head for Warspite Lake – via a 4.3 kilometre loop trail. After you climb the first hill, the rest of the hike through sub-alpine forest is easy. The total elevation is a kid-friendly 90 metres. The bottom line –  you’ll proba...
Tags: Travel, Pinterest, Hiking, Canada, Alberta, Calgary, Canmore, Cirque, Trans Canada, Facebook Twitter Instagram, Jody, Leigh McAdam, Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Highwood Pass, Smith Dorrien Road, Smith Dorrien Spray Lakes Road


vancouver island day six: mill bay, duncan, chemainus

After breakfast, we packed up and said a reluctant goodbye to this cozy spot -- mostly the deck with the view -- and headed north on the Trans-Canada Highway, towards Nanaimo. Allan and I drove on the Trans-Canada Highway in Newfoundland, so we've been on the easternmost and westernmost points. To a lover of road-trips, that sounds like a challenge...On the way north, we stopped at a scenic lookout with a totem and some interesting information about it. In the town of Mill Bay, we popped into sm...
Tags: Travel, Personal, Unesco, Canada, Newfoundland, Vermont, Travels, Allan, Duncan, Mississauga, Trans Canada, Vancouver Island, Trans Canada Highway, Laura K, Colborne, Chemainus


Cycling Victoria: The Harbour to Farm Tour

April is an awesome time for cycling Victoria. While the rest of Canada is under snow advisories (at least this year) or even worse, still buried under many feet of snow, you can head off for a bike ride on an extensive network of flower lined trails around the city and the surrounding area. My day started at the Laurel Point Inn (where I stayed) on Victoria’s Inner Harbour Victoria Biking Harbour to Farm Tour If you are an out of town visitor to Victoria you can easily rent bikes and exp...
Tags: Travel, Wikipedia, Canada, Cycling, Biking, Victoria, Pacific, British Columbia, Gardens, Queen Victoria, Charlotte, Matt, Market Square, Trans Canada, Facebook Twitter Instagram, Esquimalt


New Brunswick and Nova Scotia Back Homethe Final Blog Entry

We decided to follow our Garmin GPS recommend route from Edmunston New Brunswick across central New Brunswick to Kouchibouguac National Park. On the map Highway 108 looks like a short cut compared with taking the Trans Canada Highway. In Nova Scotia the 10
Tags: Travel, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Trans Canada, Kouchibouguac National Park, Edmunston New Brunswick


8 reasons to check out Saskatchewan

SASKATCHEWAN IS HOME to shifting sand dunes and massive dark sky preserves, little prairie towns where you can eat crispy Oaxaca grasshoppers and buzzing cities where chefs are doing amazing things to classic Canadian dishes, slow-moving fields and adrenaline-infused cliffs, and neighbors ready and waiting to welcome you in. Basically, it’s one province most definitely worth getting off the Trans-Canada for. Here are eight surprising reasons why. 1. The landscape is as varied as it gets. Phot...
Tags: Travel, Texas, Earth, First Nations, Canada, North America, Gulf of Mexico, Oaxaca, Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Northwest Territories, All, Kevin, Regina, Cho, Shaunavon


Notes from the Alaska Marine Highway

KAKE, ALASKA—It’s at the precise moment I begin to write these very words—to start recording my whiny notions about why it’s impossible to spot bears along the Trans-Canada Highway all by yourself—that I spy a giant bald eagle out of the corner of my eye, spreading its wings in full, American glory. I find myself absentmindedly typing while my eyes scan the sky in search of a second, and quickly, a third bald eagle.  I’m sitting in the front lounge of the M/V Matanuska (M/V standing for motor ve...
Tags: Travel, New York, Colorado, Time, US, America, Canada, Alaska, Barclays, Montreal, Banff, Banff National Park, All, Juneau, Capital City, Montana North Dakota


Twillingate

I had been meaning to go to St Johns. Just to see it. It is the capital of Newfoundland. But a realization of just how big this island is and how much riding on the Trans Canada highway I would have to do just to get to St Johns made me think of alterna
Tags: Travel, Newfoundland, St Johns, Trans Canada