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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!
    Frank (bbqboy)September 10, 2014 – 9:33 amReplyCancel

    • 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

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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  • Derek Christensen - How accessible – for Persons with Mobility Impairments – are these wonderful places you wrote about?? I’ve been to some of these places, but not all and am taking my wife to some of these in July 2013.
    I have had many frustrating days trying to inquire to many locations to find out how “accessible” these places are for Persons with Disabilities. I’m disabled.June 20, 2013 – 10:42 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Out of all the places we visited, Butchart Gardens is the most accessible. There is only one part in the Sunken Garden (a lookout point) that wouldn’t be accessible because of the stairs leading up. The Rose Carousel is even accessible. The Gardens also have wheelchairs available on a first come first served basis. They are free, you just need to make a $10 refundable deposit.

      Schooner Cove trail involves a lot of stairs and the boardwalk can be slippery.

      A website that may help you out regarding accessibility of beaches in the Tofino area is

      Hope this helps!June 20, 2013 – 3:28 pmReplyCancel

  • Giles Gonnsen - Thank you for this entry. My girlfriend and I are going to be visiting Vancouver Island for the first time this June. We are coming all the way from Florida, so any insider looks always help!April 15, 2014 – 3:20 amReplyCancel

  • Sarah King Stern - Thank you so much for your post!!! we are leaving tomorrow for B.C. and will be visiting many of these spots thanks to you!!June 20, 2014 – 5:48 pmReplyCancel

  • E - Thanks for posting this – it was helpful on a recent trip.July 12, 2015 – 2:11 pmReplyCancel

  • Gina - Thanks for your insightful article..we are currently planning our first trip to Canada and will spend a week on Vancouver sounds like the perfect itinerary ;)
    Best wishes from Tasmania, Australia!February 20, 2016 – 6:08 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi Gina! Glad you found my article helpful. Vancouver Island is a great place to visit and with a week you’ll be able to experience a lot of it. How long will you be in Canada for? You should definitely try and make it to my home province of Alberta. We’ve got the beautiful Rocky Mountains!February 22, 2016 – 3:24 pmReplyCancel

  • Clare Alayne - This is a fantastic post! I love the island, and my partner and I are planning our wedding there. The best part – his Aussie family and friends getting to experience the island for the first time. Thanks for providing a great road trip template!April 4, 2016 – 1:13 amReplyCancel

  • Amanda - Thanks for your excellent article. We are planning a short trip on Vancouver Island, we only have 3 full days to explore as much as we can this June. Your article has given me plenty of ideas. We can’t wait!May 20, 2016 – 8:31 amReplyCancel

  • Chad Schill - This is a great read and very personal with the explanations you have given. Great job and more importantly so glad you both had a great time! I live on Saltspring Island, next time include our little island in your trip!June 14, 2016 – 11:56 pmReplyCancel

  • Kati - Hi Rhonda,

    I’ve been following your blog for some time, it was really helpful when we were planning our six weeks Canada road trip last year!

    But I didn’t quite listen to your advice on Vancouver Island and we stuffed up our road trip by packing way too much in (and we were heading north to catch the ferry from Port Hardy as well). I virtually didn’t see anything you saw and now looking your descriptions and pictures, I can only smack myself in the head and wonder why none of your advice had sunk in… Ah well, I guess I can say I learnt some lessons. ;)March 3, 2017 – 3:06 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Oh no! That’s too bad. I’ve been guilty of that a time or two myself. I guess you’ll have to come back one day. ;)March 5, 2017 – 2:19 pmReplyCancel

  • Seymour Balling - Thanks for posting such a wonderful trip experience.July 9, 2017 – 6:19 amReplyCancel

Sacred Swim-Ik Kil Cenote, Mexico

Swimming in a cenote is a sacred, almost mystical experience. It’s strange, but after visiting one, I can understand how the Maya believed cenotes were gateways to the afterlife. Cenotes are naturally occurring phenomenons, sinkholes in the Earth’s surface born when the roof of a water filled cave collapses. It’s estimated that the Yucatan Peninsula…

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  • Brandon - Thanks for the helpful info. We’re traveling the Yucatan by motorcycle from West Virginia now. It’s a blast.December 12, 2013 – 6:15 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Glad you found our post helpful. Have a great trip!December 12, 2013 – 9:06 pmReplyCancel

  • Kelly - This is an awesome post and can totally relate considering we’ve just gotten back ourselves. I’ve done a similar post on my blog too. Love your shots! I found the cenote really hard to shoot with the direct sunlight!!July 6, 2015 – 6:10 amReplyCancel

Pyramid and Patricia Lakes- Jasper National Park

Ahh…Jasper. Every time I visit I don’t want to return to my city life. Sparkling blue lakes reflecting postcard-perfect Rocky Mountain views, leave me feeling calm and serene every time. Just visit Pyramid and Patricia Lakes and you’ll know what I mean! Visiting Pyramid and Patricia Lakes- Jasper National Park As part of the Canadian…

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  • Cindy Nagele - thanks for sharing. We were looking for a place to stay at Jasper but we have three adults. any other suggestionsJuly 8, 2015 – 3:42 pmReplyCancel

  • Cindy Nagele - thanks for sharing. We were looking for a place to stay at Jasper but we have three adults. any other suggestionsJuly 8, 2015 – 3:42 pmReplyCancel


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