Category Archives: Nature & Adventure

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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  • David - Nice wildlife photos! Good tips on seeing the wildlife.May 29, 2015 – 12:11 pmReplyCancel

  • Laura - So nice you can just head on over to Jasper whenever you feel like seeing wildlife! After seeing next to nothing in Banff and Lake Louise, I was so excited to finally see tons of wildlife in Jasper. And it’s so beautiful there. But my favorite place around that area was the Beaver Boardwalk in Hinton. So amazing to see them in their natural habitat and unfazed by humans!May 29, 2015 – 1:28 pmReplyCancel

  • Alouise - Great photos and great tips. I love going to Jasper for the wildlife, because you’re pretty much guaranteed to see something (even if it’s just the bighorn sheep wandering by the highway).June 1, 2015 – 6:53 pmReplyCancel

  • dmitry - Thank you for pointing out the animals and also where to encounter them.September 13, 2016 – 4:11 pmReplyCancel

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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  • Frank - The Canadian West is so beautiful! I haven’t been in about 15 years but we might get out there later in the year.
    Great photos,
    Frank (bbqboy)May 21, 2015 – 1:05 amReplyCancel

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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  • Sand In My Suitcase - Well, looks like your first helicopter ride will be hard to beat! Amazing photos of those snow-covered mountains… We last took a helicopter ride in Kauai, Hawaii (no doors – better photos) – much more exhilarating than a small plane ride…May 4, 2015 – 8:18 pmReplyCancel

  • Kanika Kalia - Amazing pics.. will surely try to do a helicopter ride when I go to Alberta…May 6, 2015 – 5:37 amReplyCancel

  • Lauren - Wow! The pictures are beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing your tour!May 11, 2015 – 12:07 pmReplyCancel

  • Donna Corrigan - I hope to get to Canmore in the next year as my son just started to work at alpine helicopters. I ve never been west and love all the pics. I have never been in a helicopter either and am looking forward to the tour in the mountains. It truly is a spectacular place. I have enjoyed all the photos. Thanks. Have a nice day.May 15, 2015 – 6:05 pmReplyCancel

All Aboard The McKinley Explorer! – A Ride on the Scenic Alaska Railroad

It’s no secret that we love travelling by train! We’ve made many train trips over the years, but our journey on the Alaska Railroad was the most scenic train trip we’ve been on so far. Our ride on the McKinley Explorer was part of our Alaska cruise. We chose an itinerary that had a land…

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  • [email protected] - Wow, the landscape looks stunning. Everyone of your posts makes it harder for me not to change my travel plans for this year and go to Alaska instead ;)

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    • Rhonda Krause - You definitely should go to Alaska! It is such an incredible place. I’ve been twice now and would go again in a heartbeat!April 14, 2015 – 4:30 pmReplyCancel

  • Mary Gerst Adkisson - What lens were you shooting these shots withApril 15, 2015 – 3:45 amReplyCancel

  • Malisa Mercer - What month did you go?July 6, 2016 – 5:15 amReplyCancel

  • Donna - You have almost the same pictures that I have, except you were lucky enough to see Denali. My pictures have all clouds. How disappointing to know that I really was looking at the mountain and she just didn’t want to be seen that day.June 17, 2017 – 12:49 pmReplyCancel

Denali National Park- A Living Masterpiece

Sitting at the back of an old, refurbished school-type bus, we stare out the windows as we slowly make our way along the single dusty, dirt road of Denali National Park. Six million of acres of wild land surround us. Initially, I’m surprised by what I see. The landscape is not the jagged, snow-capped mountains…

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  • Matt Purchase - Some great pictures! Some of the mountain shots almost look like miniatures! Very cool.March 9, 2015 – 8:05 amReplyCancel

  • Tracey - Lovely pictures and a good read! Brings back memories! I was curious as to what month these pictures were taken.
    It is interesting to see how much the landscape changes over various times throughout the year, hence why I am curious as to what month your pics were in. I think it helps readers too, as they can get an idea of what things will look like in different seasons and months. I went to Denali in early June and the landscape was quite different in parts. I just love how it changes so dramatically from season to season and month to month.December 8, 2017 – 6:52 pmReplyCancel

Winter in Jasper National Park- 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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  • Macca Sherifi - Yes please!

    Amazing photos. I usually only hike in the summer (I like the sunshine), but with photo essays like this I am starting to come round to the idea that winter is where it’s at.January 26, 2015 – 11:05 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - I love summer too but it’s great to be able to experience all this beauty without the summertime crowds!February 1, 2015 – 1:27 pmReplyCancel

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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  • Macca Sherifi - Wow. Just wow. These photos are great. I was hiking in the Rockies last summer – probably the best place I’ve ever been hiking – and I didn’t even know it got like this in the winter. Looks like I’ll have to come back again in the future!January 19, 2015 – 3:08 amReplyCancel

  • Karen Gough - Just gorgeous. Was there any danger of falling icicles?January 19, 2015 – 8:55 pmReplyCancel

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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  • Alouise - You know I’ve been to Jasper a few times, but never in the winter. Definitely seems worth it to brave a little cold for the experience of getting the park mostly to yourself (plus those photos are fantastic).January 18, 2015 – 11:15 amReplyCancel

  • Vanessa - Love your photos! Jasper as its best. And your post is just in time for the festival. A very helpful post.January 18, 2015 – 11:46 pmReplyCancel

  • Uptourist - I am all for having the park all to myself. I love the serene feeling of not having too many people around. It allows me to relax some more.March 25, 2015 – 11:37 pmReplyCancel

  • Jessica Warren - Hey, ive been looking for a website/blog that can help me out, yours is so helpful but I have visted Jasper quite a few times already including in the winter, but I am looking for some tips on some stuff to do that wont cost much $$ and is still fun for a beginner hiker/outdoor enthusiast during winter. Maybe something the locals might know about. Its hard to find things to do during the day that wont cost you an arm and a leg! Have any ideas?February 5, 2017 – 2:58 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hiking is always a good way to spend the day and doesn’t cost anything. Have you done the Valley of the Five Lakes hike? It’s great for beginners.March 5, 2017 – 2:23 pmReplyCancel

  • Heather - What are the driving conditions like in the winter? I’m from the snowbelts of Michigan, so we’re used to snow, but it’s dry, and our vehicles are prepared. Will rental cars perform well enough? We’d love to visit for some winter hiking/snow shoeing.January 22, 2018 – 2:09 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - The driving conditions really depend on what weather is passing through. We were just in Jasper at the start of January and there was hardly any snow. We also were there once during a blizzard so had to drive slow in case of icy patches. They snow does get cleared from the roads, so you don’t have to worry about getting stuck. I’d ask your rental company about what kind of tires are on the car. We drive to Jasper with all-seasons and have never had an issue. If you’re experienced with winter driving I wouldn’t worry too much. Just stay alert and slow down if necessary.January 28, 2018 – 10:22 amReplyCancel

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’d…

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  • Laura - This looks like so much fun! I was in Jasper this past September and loved it, but now I really want to see it in the winter. It looks beautiful!!January 13, 2015 – 6:57 amReplyCancel

  • Manon Roy - I’ve been on a day trip with Canadian Skyline Adventures. It was educational for my kids, fun and safe. It was a great adventure for our family and hope to go in the winter to experience their snowshoeing tour.January 16, 2015 – 2:59 amReplyCancel

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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  • Vanessa - Wow beautiful photos! They are so inviting that I want to go to these places right away.November 16, 2014 – 2:38 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thank you, Vanessa! I hope you make it to Alaska one day- it’s beautiful!November 17, 2014 – 4:21 pmReplyCancel

  • Rich - RichyFeet - Wow, it always amazes me how ice can look so blue at places like this and Pereto Moreno. Fantastic pictures guys.November 17, 2014 – 1:29 pmReplyCancel

  • Dennis Kopp - Wow Rhonda that looks like a lot of ice! The fog looks actually really great in combination with the unusual scenery. Crazy to think that a glacier can actually make noise, but it must have been great to see some of the ice breaking off. It’s a really beautiful sight, especially the blue looking ice… :)November 18, 2014 – 2:04 pmReplyCancel

  • Uptourist - Cruising in Alaska is really just one of its kind. You don’t get to see the usual islands of side of lands. You get to see everything wrap in ice which is a beauty to see.March 25, 2015 – 10:04 pmReplyCancel

  • [email protected] - Stunning. Alaska is on the Top5 on my bucket list and Glacier Bay shows why. You’re pictures capture the gloomy atmosphere in a great way. Very nice!March 26, 2015 – 2:38 amReplyCancel

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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Stargazing at the Jasper Dark Sky Festival

Jasper National Park is a great place to visit all year round, but is especially enjoyable in October when the sky takes centre stage for Dark Sky Month. What is the Jasper Dark Sky Festival? In 2011, Jasper was officially designated as a Dark Sky Preserve by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. To celebrate…

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  • Uptourist - The night sky has the tendency to make you feel filled with energy and freedom. I love how the sky is really pitched black so that you can really see the beauty of the stars.March 25, 2015 – 10:06 pmReplyCancel

  • Jeannie L - Hi, I’ll be heading to Jasper during that period and I’m interested in attending the Dark Sky Festival. However, it’s not clear which event to sign up for as I’m mainly interested to do photography. Would you be able to advise me so I know which event I’d need to book? I’ve emailed them but no reply yet.August 1, 2016 – 3:11 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi Jeannie. This year there is a nighttime photo workshop at Athabasca Glacier. There’s also a 2-day photography workshop at the Jasper Park Lodge. I haven’t done any of these myself so I can’t really comment on them, but maybe that’s what you’re looking for? If you go to the Beyond the Stars Event (free) at Lake Annette, there will be dark sky photographers on hand that can give you some tips. That’s where I took all the photos in this post. Hope this helps!August 20, 2016 – 7:29 pmReplyCancel

A Visit to Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau

Mendenhall Glacier is Juneau’s top tourist attraction and one of Alaska’s most accessible glaciers. A quick 15 minute drive from downtown Juneau is all you need to reach the enormous sheet of ice. Visiting Mendenhall Glacier Stretching over 2.5 kilometres wide and 19 kilometres long, Mendenhall is sure to impress, even from afar. We caught…

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  • Michael - Beautiful photos. I remember seeing glaciers in New Zealand. I also remember how ice cold the water was!September 5, 2014 – 9:00 amReplyCancel

  • [email protected] - You took some wonderful photographs here. Alaska is a beautiful place and has many great landscapes and picture perfect views. Thanks for sharing these photos of your journeySeptember 5, 2014 – 10:13 amReplyCancel

  • Marsha - Fantastic pictures. I just visited my first glacier in Alberta and I just loved it. We have to visit these glaciers while we can. And shocking info that the lake is only less than 60 years old.September 5, 2014 – 3:46 pmReplyCancel

  • Frank - Nice photos guys. But I have such a hard time getting excited about Alaska and glaciers – maybe it comes from the last 30 years of living through endless Montreal winters…I look at the above and I feel the need to put a sweater on…

    But good job with all the info and the great photos!
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    • Rhonda Krause - Try living in Alberta- we got our first snowfall two days ago!September 10, 2014 – 10:59 amReplyCancel

  • Frank - I heard – that’s crazy!September 10, 2014 – 11:04 amReplyCancel

  • priya - Hi, It is not clear how we cross the water fall to get close to the glacier taking this trail? I really want to get close to the glacier and see some ice caves. Is it possible to do this if we take the trail to Nugget falls?July 6, 2017 – 11:32 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - The path ends just past the waterfall and I couldn’t see any caves from there. I think if you take a trail on the other side of the lake (West Glacier Trail) that will take you to the spot where you can go inside the caves. It’s a long hike though.July 7, 2017 – 9:10 amReplyCancel

Flightseeing in Ketchikan, Alaska- Misty Fjords National Monument

As part of our bear viewing excursion in Neets Bay, we got to enjoy a ride in a float plane and marvel at Alaska’s monumental beauty from above. All buckled in for our flight back to Ketchikan, our pilot announced over our headsets, “My next flight isn’t until 12:30. It’s such a beautiful day, we’ve…

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  • Life After 9to5 - Absolutely gorgeous scenery. I can imagine breathing in the fresh brisk air. The photos turned out great!August 28, 2014 – 2:15 pmReplyCancel

  • Ryan Biddulph - Hi Rhonda,

    Beyond stunning imagery. I’ve heard that flightseeing is the thing to do in some Alaska locales.

    Really, something else.

    Thanks so much for sharing.

    Tweeting through Triberr.

    RyanAugust 28, 2014 – 3:53 pmReplyCancel

Bear Watching at Neets Bay, Alaska

My favourite day of our Alaska cruise was in Ketchikan, when we went on a bear watching excursion to Neets Bay. After a short floatplane ride flying over stunning scenery of mountains, lakes and forests, we smoothly landed in Neets Bay and glided up to the dock to meet our guide. Bear Viewing at Neets…

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  • frankaboutcroatia - Hi Rhonda, hopping over from Part Time Traveler Talk. I’ve only seen a bear in a wild once, in Canada. But nothing as exciting as watching him fish for his food, and then eating it. The last photo made me laugh, ’cause he’s really looking like taking a break and thinking after the lunch :). Thanks for sharing!August 31, 2014 – 12:13 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - I live in Canada and go to the Rocky Mountains a few times a year, but I’ve never seen a bear. My husband is a forester, so he sees bears almost every day at work. He’s always sending me pictures to make me jealous! So when we were in Alaska, I made it my mission to see a bear. It was very exciting to see how quickly he grabbed a fish out of the water. I loved how he took his time eating it too, using the rocks like a table and chair!August 31, 2014 – 10:00 amReplyCancel

  • Michele Chan-Thomson - I am so glad that you got to see a bear. And what a cooperative photo subject you had. I would have lingered, too.September 5, 2014 – 4:06 pmReplyCancel

Our Alaska Cruise Itinerary- An Introduction to Each Port of Call

An Alaska cruise is a trip that everyone should take at least once in their lifetime. And I say that as someone who isn’t always the biggest fan of ocean cruising. We were only a few days into our trip and Mike and I were already saying that we wanted to do this again! The…

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  • Carmen Edelson - We just returned last week from cruising through Alaska on the same itinerary. You were lucky to have good weather. It rained everyday, and we had low bearing fog along the way. August 21, 2014 – 11:35 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Oh no! That’s really too bad about the weather. I hope it didn’t affect your ability to see the sights too much. We did get really lucky with the weather. The locals were saying the sunshine we were experiencing was unheard of!August 22, 2014 – 1:00 pmReplyCancel

  • Toccara - We also just got back from an Alaskan Cruise with this exact itinerary! I’m working on my blog posts now! I took so many pictures! Some highlights from our week included: whale watching in Juneau (saw bubble-net feeding and 2 whales breach), seeing a momma bear and her cub at Mendenhall Glacier, driving through the Yukon, and hearing and seeing the glacier calving in Glacier Bay, to name just a few! We were so fortunate to have incredible weather the entire week aboard the Island Princess (July 30-August 6). It sprinkled a little bit during our day in College Fjord, but the gloomy weather added a magical element to the scenery. I absolutely agree… everyone should so go an Alaskan cruise at some point in their lifetime. The landscape is simply amazing!August 23, 2014 – 9:49 amReplyCancel

  • Shobha - This is handy! My husband and I were planning on going to Alaska next August for 2 weeks while the kids were at sleep away camp. It’s good to know that the weather will be mixed.October 17, 2014 – 11:31 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Glad you found this helpful! I hope you decide to go because Alaska is a wonderful place! I’d like to go back a third time. And yes, make sure you come prepared for all types of weather!October 17, 2014 – 4:28 pmReplyCancel

  • Katie - I will be doing a similar trip this summer but by ferry. Alaska has an incredible ferry service that links so many of the coastal communities. I was going to skip Ketchikan but it looks beautiful so you may have changed my mindApril 30, 2015 – 7:20 pmReplyCancel

  • Linda Bibb - Wallet notwithstanding, the advantage to booking a tour on your own is that your group will be a whole lot smaller. Sometimes that matters.May 5, 2016 – 12:45 amReplyCancel

Hiking Guanayara National Park, Cuba

During our stay in Varadero, we booked an excursion that took us to Trinidad and the Escambray Mountains, where we spent the night in Topes de Collantes nature reserve park. The next morning, our tour took us through the jungle covered mountains and down into Guanayara National Park, where we enjoyed an easy hike past…

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  • The Wandering Wanderluster - Lovely photos. I have wanted to go to Cuba for ages but not made it there yet. Maybe we will some day and if we do I’d like to go see that National Park and jump in that lake!June 28, 2014 – 11:55 amReplyCancel

Dachstein Ice Cave- Photo Series

When we were in Hallstatt, our short visit meant we had to choose between visiting the salt mines or the nearby Dachstein Ice Cave. Hallstatt is known for its long, prosperous history of salt mining, so I almost felt obligated to go tour the mines. Once I tuned into my instincts, instead of the guidebook…

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  • Paul Marshman - Some nice shots, Rhonda — the coloured lights really give the cave an out-of-this-world look. This reminds me of my trip into the Mulu caves in Borneo long ago, though without the bats — and the bat poo … March 30, 2014 – 10:07 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thanks so much Paul! I am glad there were no bats- no animal terrifies me more!April 10, 2014 – 7:03 amReplyCancel

Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta- One of Canada’s Most Unique Landscapes

Arriving at Dinosaur Provincial Park, I feel like I am stepping back in time, to an era when enormous, prehistoric creatures ruled the earth. Millions of years ago, dinosaurs roamed Alberta’s land, once lush with subtropical vegetation and towering Redwoods. Looking across the horizon, I don’t see the palms and giant ferns that once decorated…

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  • Jess - I’ve been to a dinosaur park, but it’s not nearly as large – or impressive – as this one. I would love to do the fossil safari! It’s cool that they restrict some areas to the paleontologists – it will make sure the area is preserved for the long term.January 5, 2014 – 7:53 pmReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - A fossil safari or an actual dig sounds awesome! I would love to do something like that.February 8, 2014 – 3:23 amReplyCancel

Moraine Lake, Banff National Park- The Lake With the Twenty Dollar View

Excitedly, Mike and I climb up Rockpile trail, weaving our way around huge boulders of glacial moraine so prominent that the nearby Moraine Lake was named after the debris. Walking a little faster than normal, we are anxious to see the famous lake that graced the back of Canada’s $20 bills during our childhood. A…

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  • Samuel Jeffery - Gorgeous photos! While I attended the U of A in Edmonton I would try to visit Banff and Jasper as often as I could.August 14, 2013 – 11:03 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thanks! We try to go to the Rockies as much as possible too. We’re so lucky to have such beautiful places in our own backyard. (I went to the U of A as well-B.Ed).August 14, 2013 – 11:08 pmReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Great photos! I love the photos of the chipmunk too. I used to try to catch them around my house when I was a kind. I definitely never got that close!August 16, 2013 – 9:34 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - I couldn’t believe how unafraid the chipmunks were. They would come right up to our hand and then scurry a little ways away when they realized we didn’t have any food. It gave me a lot of great photo opportunities! Hurray for fast shutter speeds!August 16, 2013 – 10:16 amReplyCancel

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