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Category Archives: Nature & Adventure

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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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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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 I’d spent weeks planning the perfect Yellowstone and Grand Teton itinerary, only to find out that accommodations and...

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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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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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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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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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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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Canoeing the Yukon River- Whitehorse to Takhini River Bridge

My canoe trip on the Yukon River, from Whitehorse to the Takhini River bridge, took only 3 hours but left me with a wealth of lasting emotions. It was an experience that I can only describe as perfect. The weather couldn’t have been better for canoeing- not too hot or too cold, with a partially...

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A Week in the Yukon- Unforgettable Experiences in Canada’s Northwest

The Call of the North. It’s not some cute marketing slogan but rather a true, deep-rooted feeling that’s impossible to shake after visiting the Yukon. The Yukon’s had a hold on me since my first visit in the 1990’s. It was one of my favourite family summer road trips and even now, in my mid-thirties, I vividly remember how...

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A Walk in Moon Valley- La Paz, Bolivia

Take a name like Moon Valley, combine it with a penchant for unique landscapes, and you can bet I was intrigued to visit Valle de la Luna in La Paz, Bolivia. In a city surrounded by dramatic terrain, Moon Valley is a showpiece of the region. Tall, tan-coloured pinnacles rise up from the eroded hillside,...

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Via Ferrata Climbing Adventure- Montmorency Falls Park, Quebec

Riding my bike from Quebec City towards Montmorency Falls, I excitedly anticipated doing my first via ferrata route. My enthusiasm was oblivious to the fact that I didn’t have a clear idea what exactly via ferrata was, only that it sounded like a fun adventure. So with no preconceived notions or expectations, I readied myself...

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Learning How to Sandboard in Huacachina, Peru

“I’m sandboarding in Peru!” I yell at my GoPro as I proudly surf down the wind-sculpted dunes of Huacachina. This is my first time sandboarding and I’ve got to admit- I’m better than I thought I would be. Maybe it’s because I have a good teacher, Victor “Dito” Chavez, a professional sandboarder and snowboarder who...

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Flying Over the Nazca Lines- Peru’s Mysterious Geoglyphs

“Coming up on the right, whale,” one of the pilots announces over the speaker as we approach the first geoglyph on our Nazca Lines flight. Palms sweating with excitement, I stare intently out the window, camera in hand and ready to shoot as soon as I spot the whale. The pilot banks the plane, angling...

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