INSPIRATION & EXPERT ADVICE FOR INDEPENDENT TRAVELLERS

INSPIRATION & EXPERT ADVICE FOR INDEPENDENT TRAVELLERS

Category Archives: Nature & Adventure

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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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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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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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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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 National Park, 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...

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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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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 National Park was officially designated as a Dark Sky Preserve by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada....

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Romantic Lake Louise- Our Favourite Activities for Romance

Lake Louise is one of our favourite places to visit in the Canadian Rockies and Mike and I have made many trips here during our relationship. Lake Louise is pristine, calming and picturesque- the perfect place for couples of any age to rekindle the spark during a romantic weekend getaway in Alberta. For us, romance...

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Vancouver Island Road Trip Itinerary- The Best of the Island in 7 Days

One summer Mike and I set out on 15 day road trip from Edmonton to Vancouver Island and back.  We spent a lot of our time on “The Island” (as us Western Canadians call it) since it has a little bit of everything- great beaches, whimsical towns, gorgeous provincial parks, and romantic gardens. There’s no...

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