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Superb Views Towards Kandersteg

A Stunning 6 Day Hike on the Via Alpina in Switzerland

The Via Alpina in Switzerland is a long distance hiking trail made up of three distinct sections covering different parts of the country. John and I hiked six of the 20 one-day stages that make up the 390 kilometre red trail route. This part of the Via Alpina starts in Vaduz in eastern Switzerland and ends in Montreux in the west. Over its length, it climbs 23,600 metres (77,400 feet) and crosses 14 alpine passes.…

Very Pretty Scene Looking Down Saint Mary Lake

A Scenic Road Trip to East Glacier & St. Mary, Montana

The post was done in partnership with the Pursuit Glacier Park collection. If you're looking for a scenic road trip in the west, do the drive south from Calgary to East Glacier and St. Mary at the eastern edge of Glacier National Park in Montana. Use either village as a base camp to further explore the Crown of the Continent ecosystem and enjoy the world-class mountain scenery. The drive from Calgary starts with far-reaching views…

On The Spetside Way Whiskey Trail In Scotland

A Dram Good Time: The Speyside Way Whiskey Tour

The Speyside Way Whiskey Tour – Scotland, September 4 to 14, 2019 by Nicola Ross “Let’s go on a hiking trip together sometime,” my friend Susan suggested. My response was immediate: “Where? When?” We decided on Scotland, a year hence. Meanwhile, I came across information about the Speyside Way Whiskey Tour, and since I didn’t care where in Scotland, and Susan is a single-malt-whiskey enthusiast, it was agreed. The only fly in the ointment was…

Aare Gorge

The Fabulous Aare Gorge Canyon Walk in Meiringen

The Aare Gorge canyon walk is another one of Switzerland's fabulous nature excursions. It's an easy, family-friendly experience that takes at most, a half day. Access is straight-forward from the town of Meiringen in the Bernese Oberland. (To get your bearings, Interlaken is just 25 minutes west by car.) The glacier fed Aare River - Switzerland's longest river - cuts through a narrow limestone gorge thousands of years in the making called the Aare Gorge.…

Views Of Lake Brienz From Brienzer Rothorn

The Brienzer Rothorn via a Scenic Trip by Steam Train

Visit Brienzer Rothorn, the highest mountain of the Emmental Alps in Switzerland via an outrageously scenic ride on the Brienz Rothorn steam train. You can of course hike up if you're feeling energetic - or down, but the train is a fun experience and a great way to enjoy the landscape. Sitting at an elevation of 2,350 metres, the Brienzer Rothorn enjoys superb views of Lake Brienz - the lake that lies directly east of…

Enjoying Spectacular Views From The Summit

Test Your Mettle on the EEOR Hike near Canmore

The EEOR hike (short for east end of Rundle) near Canmore is an out and back scramble that will test your mettle. It's steep from the get-go with an elevation gain of 875 metres over just 2.9 kilometres. For many people the EEOR hike will be a challenge. It's got lots of loose rock which is unsettling for some - and a cliff band with rock ledges along with some exposure near the top to…

Wildflowers In Abundance On The Ski Slopes In Rossland BC

The Best Hotel in Rossland BC to Sleep, Eat & Play

A visit to Rossland BC has been on my radar for years. While I didn't appreciate what a cute mountain town Rossland is until my summer visit, I did know that the town is a dream destination - albeit an out of the way one - for skiers. In fact it was at RED Mountain Resort where Nancy Greene, Canada's female athlete of the 20th century, cut her teeth skiing. The ski hill is well-known…

The Third Of Four Lakes

The Pickle Jar Lakes Hike in Kananaskis Country

The Pickle Jar Lakes hike is a standout if you're a fan of mountain lakes. And judging by the popularity of this Kananaskis hike, people love a lake as a destination. Four lakes. Even better - though not all are equally beautiful. Route description for the Pickle Jar Lakes hike  From the parking lot walk north beside the highway for about 100 metres. Cross the road and pick up the obvious, though unsigned trail that…

Ilsa Del Coral Offers Swimming, Paddle Boarding And Snorkelling

6 Ways to Reconnect with Nature in Riviera Nayarit

With lush rainforests and steep mountain backdrops greeting you in Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit, you might feel you’ve landed in Costa Rica but this destination is considerably closer and has much to offer the nature lover. A 300-kilometre coastline sweeping north of Puerto Vallarta along Banderas Bay is the centerpiece of Riviera Nayarit. There are several luxury resorts so you don’t need to suffer but the slower pace offers more chance for discovery and chances to…

Monoliths On Ile Niapiskau

A Trip to Mingan Archipelago National Park in Quebec

For years the Mingan Archipelago National Park has been on my bucket list. I first heard about the park when I started researching places to include in my book on 100 adventures across Canada back in 2013. Kayaking through an archipelago of over 1000 islands that make up the park sounded like a magical adventure to me. Unfortunately the kayaking company I'd looked at shuttered its doors, and there was no replacement for years. So…

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