Category Archives: Nature Escapes

4 Days in Easter Island- A Self-Guided Tour of Rapa Nui

“We’re most looking forward to spending 4 days in Easter Island,” I’d say when friends asked about our upcoming trip to South America. “What’s Easter Island?” some would ask, a quizzical look on their face. “You know, the place with all the stone heads,” I replied, trying to hide my shock that they didn’t know […]

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Climbing Mount Mitoku- The Trek to Nageiredo

Walking up a smooth, well-worn stone staircase to Sanbutsuji Temple, I instantly hoped the whole trail up Japan’s Mount Mitoku wasn’t going to be this steep. Looking back now, that was the easiest part of hiking Mitokusan. My adventurous hike (or should I say climb) up Mount Mitoku began simply enough. I met with the […]

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Exploring Everglades National Park

Life. Diversity. Those are the two words that first come to mind when I think about Florida’s Everglades National Park. In just one park, you can enjoy an impressive variety of animals, plants and eco-systems. There’s freshwater sloughs, tropical hammocks, coastal lowlands, marl prairies, pineland, cypress, mangrove, marine and estuarine environments. The medley of life […]

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Devils Tower National Monument

Driving through the rolling hills of northeast Wyoming we pass by vast grasslands, quiet ranches, and small country towns. The scenery is peaceful, undisturbed, and my mind easily wanders to scenes of the Wild West. Lost in thought, I imagine the Sundance Kid causing havoc in these parts, stealing guns and horses, establishing his reputation […]

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5 Ways to Enjoy a Winter Weekend in Jasper

Jasper National Park is a great place to visit year round, but it can be especially fun in the winter. Active travellers and outdoor adventurers will find plenty of activities to enjoy during a winter weekend in Jasper. We’ve made frequent visits to Jasper in the winter over the last few years and have always […]

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Visiting Dry Tortugas National Park and Fort Jefferson

Dry Tortugas National Park was the place I was most looking forward to visiting during our trip to Florida. I first discovered it in a photograph. It was an aerial picture, giving a bird’s eye view of the six-sided historic Fort Jefferson, so large that it nearly filled the entire island. I was immediately intrigued, […]

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Horseback Ride to the Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House- Lake Louise

It was our quest for new adventures in Lake Louise that led us try horseback riding for the first time, going all the way up to the historic Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House, nestled high in the Rocky Mountains. Neither one of us had been on a horse before. I had always been a […]

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Larch Valley Hike- Lake Louise, Banff National Park

The Larch Valley hike in Lake Louise has been something Mike and I have been talking about doing for years, so this fall we finally decided to make it happen. Wow, had we been missing out all this time! The Lake Louise area is a special place any time of year, but it shines just […]

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Hiking Jasper’s Valley of the Five Lakes

It was a beautiful day in May. Warm, sunny, a clear blue sky above and fresh mountain air to awaken the senses. It was the perfect weather for a casual hike in Jasper! I decided I wanted to see somewhere in Jasper I haven’t been before, so Mike suggested we do the Valley of the […]

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Wildlife in Jasper National Park

Whenever I’m in the mood to see cute wildlife, Mike and I make a trip out to Jasper National Park. (Well, not every time, because then we’d never be home!) Jasper is, by far, the best place in the Canadian Rocky Mountains to see wildlife. In one weekend alone we saw nine bears, three moose, […]

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Grassi Lakes Hike and Scenic Walks in Canmore

When we were in Canmore for the Uncorked Food and Drink Festival, we needed to find a way to work off all the delicious calories we were consuming. Lucky for us, in Canmore there are plenty of opportunities for hiking, biking, or simply taking a leisurely, scenic stroll. We opted for easy hikes and walks […]

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Canmore Helicopter Tour- Sightseeing in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains

I bow my head down as I walk into a brisk wind, the two strong blades of a helicopter loudly turning above my head. “I can’t believe this is really happening,” I think as I climb up into the bright-red Bell Long Ranger. I quickly fasten my seatbelt and then fumble with the headset, big […]

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Winter in Jasper- A Frosty Photo Series

Long, cold, and dreary. Those are all words that we Albertans tend to use when describing our winters. I can agree with the long and, most of the time, cold, but dreary not so much. A winter trip to Jasper will have you rethinking the way you describe Alberta’s longest season. Jasper’s gorgeous scenery, draped […]

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The Maligne Canyon Ice Walk- Alberta’s Coolest Hike

Peering over the edge of a snow covered bridge, I have to catch my breath when I think about how far down the canyon below is. Fifty-one meters- the same height as Niagara Falls. There’s no water rushing through curves of Maligne Canyon today. Its floor is frozen, the limestone walls partially concealed by a […]

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8 Reasons to Visit Jasper in January (and All Winter Long!)

When people see pictures of Jasper, or hear about the fantastic opportunities for outdoor adventure, they don’t need much convincing to pay a visit. Jasper’s natural beauty sells itself! Once our Canadian winter settles in though, it’s quite tempting to stay home and hibernate on the couch! In case you needed a little convincing, we’re […]

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Snowshoeing in Jasper- Our First Experience and Why You Should Try it Too!

When I signed us up to go on a snowshoeing excursion in Jasper, both Mike and I didn’t know what to expect. In all honesty, we were kind of skeptical whether we would like snowshoeing at all. “It seems kind of silly to strap on big shoes just to walk around in the snow,” we […]

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Into the Ice- Glacier Bay, Alaska

The scenery during our Alaska cruise was spectacular the entire way through, but nothing was quite as dramatic as sailing into Glacier Bay. Glistening in the mist, the smooth, turquoise, water below us was mesmerizing. The bay was calm, quiet, yet I was bursting with anticipation for what was to come. Small icebergs floated past, […]

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Driving the Klondike Highway- Alaska to the Yukon

When you arrive in Skagway by cruise ship, one of your shore excursion options is to ride the train along the old White Pass and Yukon railway route. While it sounded like a fun experience, we wanted to explore the same area on our own. So instead of taking the train, we decided to rent a car and spend the […]

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