Category Archives: Nature & Adventure

Observation Point Trail- A Classic Hike in Zion National Park

We ended our 3 days of hiking in Zion National Park by checking out Observation Point Trail, one of the park’s more strenuous hikes. Over the next six hours, we followed a rough trail through a canyon, along steep ridges looming above sharp drop offs, then up to a plateau high above Zion Canyon. While…

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Visiting Lower Antelope Canyon- A Colourful Slot Canyon in Arizona

Arizona is known for its impressive natural attractions, but one of its most astonishing sites is Antelope Canyon, a slot canyon near Page. Ever since I first saw a photo of Antelope Canyon, I wanted to visit. The narrow passages, smooth curves, and warm tones of this sandstone slot canyon had me infatuated, along with…

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Alta Verzasca Bike Route- Cycling in Switzerland’s Verzasca Valley

I made it a point to do some cycling during my two weeks in Switzerland and one of my favourite routes was Alta Verzasca Bike, in the upper Verzasca Valley. Cycling in the Verzasca Valley was the perfect way to experience the natural beauty and traditional architecture that makes the Ticino canton such a wonderful…

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  • David Cameron - The path has become one with the nature. Such a beautiful place. Amazing!May 3, 2019 – 3:50 amReplyCancel

Angels Landing Hike- What to Expect on Zion National Park’s Most Thrilling Trail

There are many incredible hikes in Zion National Park, but no other invokes nervous excitement like Angels Landing Trail. Steep, narrow, with sheer drop offs on either side, this trail is not for the faint of heart or anyone fearful of heights. The Angels Landing hike is quite literally breathtaking, not only for the dramatic…

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Hiking Down Monte Brè- Switzerland’s Sunniest Mountain

One of the best ways to experience both the natural beauty and Italian influence of Lugano is by hiking on Monte Brè. Monte Brè is one of two mountains that frame the lakeside city of Lugano, separating Switzerland from Italy just a short distance away. From the top of Monte Brè, I got to witness…

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Winter Getaway in Saskatchewan- Prince Albert National Park and Elk Ridge Resort

After a few days of enjoying winter activities in Saskatoon, I decided to extend my winter trip to Saskatchewan by heading north to Prince Albert National Park. Surrounded by boreal forest, Prince Albert National Park was a great destination to experience both the tranquility and adventure that I find so rejuvenating. Whether I was inside…

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Secret Canyon- A Non-Crowded Alternative to Antelope Canyon in Page, Arizona

In this age of Internet and social media, it’s easy to feel like there are few discoveries left when it comes to great travel destinations. Yet, there’s a slot canyon near Page, Arizona that hasn’t made it onto the radar of most tourists who are following the masses to the famous Antelope Canyon. But I’ll…

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Hiking the Five Lakes Trail in Zermatt- See Unforgettable Views of the Matterhorn

Switzerland is known for its outdoor adventures and alpine scenery and one of the best ways to experience both is by hiking the Five Lakes trail in Zermatt. The Five Lakes Walk (5-Seenweg) is a pleasant day hike in Zermatt that offers extraordinary views of the Matterhorn mountain (you know, the one on the Toblerone…

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  • Kathy - Hi Rhonda…that’s an awesome article and I will defs follow your recommendations when we visit Zermatt in September…hopefully we get great weather too. May 2, 2019 – 7:56 pmReplyCancel

Flightseeing in the Yukon- 4 Awe-Inspiring Air Tours

There’s no better way to experience the boundless beauty of Canada’s north than to go flightseeing in the Yukon. Witnessing the monumental glaciers, rocky mountain peaks, emerald lakes, winding rivers, alpine meadows, and roaming herds of wildlife from above, further ingrained my love for the Yukon. Flightseeing tours are my favourite thing to do during…

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4 Ways to Enjoy Nature and History in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec

Having only visited Quebec’s main cities, I was curious to explore the province’s more rural regions and see what outdoor adventures and historic attractions I could find. What I discovered during my weekend in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean was a region full of opportunities to connect with nature, history, and small town life. What to See and Do…

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Nature and Heritage at La Seigneurie du Triton- A Historic Wilderness Lodge in Quebec

There’s nothing quite like disconnecting in a place surrounded by miles and miles of pristine nature. Forests, lakes, rivers- they all have a way of replacing my stress with relaxation, worry with peace. For that reason, I ventured to the Mauricie region of Quebec, an area known for its vast natural spaces. With over 17,500…

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  • Maude Lirette - Mon père, Gérard Lirette, a été le dernier gardien du Club Triton. J’ai plusieurs photos. 1946-1981.November 29, 2018 – 5:59 amReplyCancel

The Best of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks- A 5 Day Tour with Grand American Adventures

A few years ago I wanted to do a trip to Yellowstone National Park, as it’s one of the most geologically interesting and wildlife-rich areas in the United States. The problem was, Yellowstone is extremely popular and trying to plan a trip a few months in advance meant that accommodations and campsites were all booked…

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Jigokudani Monkey Park- See Hot Spring Loving, Wild Snow Monkeys in Japan

My main reason for visiting Nagano was to do a day trip to Jigokudani Monkey Park, home to Japan’s famous hot spring loving, wild snow monkeys. I was inspired to visit Jigokudani Monkey Park by all the adorable photos I was seeing of snow monkeys soaking contentedly in the hot pools. As an animal lover,…

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Canadian Rockies Road Trip Itinerary- 8 Days in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains

A trip to Alberta wouldn’t be complete without doing a road trip in the Canadian Rockies. The drive from Calgary to Jasper is one of the finest road trips in Canada, a route that passes by Alberta’s most inspiring scenery as it makes its way through the mountains and into the heart of Banff and…

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  • the cape on the corner - gorgeous! this is definitely on my list. thanks for the detailed route!
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  • Janice & George, Sand In My Suitcase - We used to live in Calgary — and we’ve done this road trip; spectacular! Maligne Canyon is gorgeous to hike. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.May 31, 2018 – 2:11 pmReplyCancel

  • Kristie - Can you comment on doing this trip the end of October/beginning of November?  I wasn’t sure if the weather would still be good for driving.  I live in the very humid South in the US, so not accustomed to snow or cooler weather, lol!October 3, 2018 – 4:28 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - That really depends on the year. Sometimes we have snow that sticks around by October, but sometimes not. In general, weather in the mountains can be unpredictable, especially on the Icefields Parkway. I would make sure I come prepared with blankets, food etc. just in case. I think if road conditions get really bad they close the highway but I’ve never seen that in October/early November.November 18, 2018 – 5:54 pmReplyCancel

Cliffs of Moher Coastal Walk- Walking the Cliffs of Moher from Hags Head

The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s top destinations and the best way to experience this natural wonder is by doing the Cliffs of Moher Coastal Walk. Cliffs of Moher Coastal Walk The Cliffs of Moher Coastal Walk is a 13 km trail that runs along top the cliffs from Doolin to Hags Head,…

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  • Sarah - Great article ! I went there last summer. As you mentioned a lot of people around the Tourist Centre, even with the heavy rain, wind and fog on the day I went. Still it’s part of the experience ?May 14, 2018 – 4:51 amReplyCancel

Killarney National Park, Ireland- Photo Series

When I was visiting Killarney, I kept thinking how nice it must be to have such a beautiful national park right at your doorstep. Just steps away from the centre of town, Killarney National Park encompasses some of the best scenery in Ireland. Killarney National Park is a sublime collection of lakes, mountains, woodlands, and…

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The Gap of Dunloe- Boat and Bike Trip From Killarney, Ireland

My favourite memory of my 2 week trip to Ireland is my day in Killarney, where I did a boat and bike trip to the Gap of Dunloe. A boat tour of the Lakes of Killarney, followed by a bike ride through the Gap of Dunloe, showcases the very best of Killarney National Park and…

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  • Danielle - Do you remember the name of the boat tour company you used.January 27, 2019 – 2:47 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi Danielle. I went with Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours. Definitely recommend them!February 8, 2019 – 5:47 pmReplyCancel

Hiking in Burren National Park- An Unexpected Landscape in Ireland

Standing at the trailhead into Burren National Park, fascination sets in as I gaze off into the remote, rocky landscape. This is not what I expected to see in Ireland. The land here is harsh, grey. The Burren most certainly is not the rolling green fields I’d come to associate with Ireland. Instead, I find…

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Day Trip to Inishmore- The Largest of Ireland’s Aran Islands

On my solo trip to Ireland I was looking to visit places that combined my two favourite travel activities- exploring nature and visiting archaeological sites. Inishmore (Inis Mór) fit the bill perfectly! As one of the Aran Islands, Inishmore was a place that I could feel far away from everything while still being connected to…

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  • Lauren - Really does look like the best place for nature and archaeological sites. Love all your pictures and now I really want to go!March 17, 2019 – 11:10 amReplyCancel

Tombstone Territorial Park Flightseeing Tour- The Yukon, Canada

As my helicopter lifted off from the outskirts of Dawson City, I had no idea what to expect from my flightseeing tour of Tombstone Territorial Park. The scenery around Dawson City was nice- big hills, forests, and rivers- but the name Tombstone hinted at something far more dramatic. Staring out the window, I watched as…

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  • Anonymous - awesome photos of tomstone territorial parkNovember 18, 2017 – 4:29 amReplyCancel

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