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The view from Mesa Butte

Mesa Butte Hike Near Millarville

The Mesa Butte hike is a short, easy hike that is ideal after a lazy morning of eating pancakes and drinking coffee or a pick me up after a long day at work. The hike is located near Millarville, Alberta in Mesa Butte Provincial Recreation Area. The trail starts directly across from the Mesa Butte Equestrian Campground.  Even though the Mesa Butte hike is a short one that you can knock off in 1 -…

Biking Victoria to the Cowichan Valley

Cowichan Valley From Victoria Via Bike

Southern Vancouver Island’s Cowichan Valley is an undiscovered gem. It offers lots of quiet back road and trail biking combined with taste worthy stops at any one of fourteen wineries. Rolling, pastoral landscapes with mountainous backdrops to the west are what you will encounter every day on your bike. Evenings can be spent in wonderful B&B’s, 5-star hotels, unique accommodations, along with budget options with some camping possibilities too. You’ll encounter small towns and villages…

The woods around the Pyramid Bench are especially pretty for snowshoeing

Snowshoeing in Jasper – Top Places to Go

If you love snowshoeing, then Jasper National Park is a terrific place to visit in winter. Enjoy kilometres of untracked trails, sublime mountain views, snowy meadows, quiet lakes, and a pretty good chance of seeing an elk. Winter is long in Jasper - and so is the season for snowshoeing, especially at higher elevation locations. On the days when the snowpack is thin, hike the trails instead, with a pair of icers tucked in your…

Winter in Jasper

Winter in Jasper – The Ultimate 3 Day Getaway

Winter in Jasper is divine. Once the snow arrives, the town is transformed into a true Canadian winter wonderland. Not only is it a quiet place to visit in winter compared to the summer, it's an exceptional base for cold weather-adventures. Anyone who is prepared to bundle up and enjoy the fresh air and outdoors, will love to explore the area. There's so much to do from skiing and boarding to skating, ice walks, winter…

Skating on Abraham Lake - Photo credit: Travel Alberta/John Price

Abraham Lake Bubbles – A Guide to Visiting

Abraham Lake in Alberta's David Thompson Country is the largest reservoir in the province. Water is backed up behind the Bighorn Dam (built in 1972) on the North Saskatchewan River. There is a fascinating phenomenon that happens every winter when methane gas bubbles derived from below get trapped in the ice on the lake. This creates wonderful patterns and effects in the ice. The Abraham Lake bubbles are thought to be derived from decomposing organic…

Choquequirao Trek in Peru

Unique Peru Experiences to Try Once in Your Life

Have you dreamed of traveling to Peru, a South American country famous for its diverse landscapes, and one-of-a-kind experiences? Peru packs a punch for a country that is just five times the size of the United Kingdom. It's a nature lover's dream destination with over 1,800 bird species, 500 mammal species and an astounding 3,700 butterfly species. It's home to ancient archeological sites, including world renown Machu Picchu, Choquequiaro and the Nazca Lines to name…

The Larch Valley hike starts beside Moraine Lake

Banff Hikes – 18 of the Best You Can Do in a Day

If you're a new visitor to Banff National Park, you may find the selection of Banff hikes overwhelming until you get your bearings. Rest assured that any of the hikes described should satisfy your cravings for sublime Canadian Rocky Mountain scenery. Not all have gorgeous turquoise lakes on route, but all are worthwhile and some more so that others depending on the season.  It has taken me nine years to find the time to do…

A panoraamic view of the Waterton Townsite from the top of Bear's Hump

A Winter Road Trip to Southwest Alberta

Are you itching to go somewhere, anywhere for a change of scenery and a reboot? How about a winter road trip to southwest Alberta? If you live in the Calgary - Edmonton - Canmore corridor, you can knock off the drive in as little as 2.5 hours if you're coming from Calgary and in just six hours if you're driving from Edmonton. I'd suggest a loop drive - taking Highway 22, the beautiful Cowboy Highway…

Hiking above Baldy Pass

Baldy Pass Trail in Alberta’s Kananaskis Country

The popular Baldy Pass trail is one of the closest trails to Calgary in the mountains, so it's popular from that standpoint alone. It's a short and easy hike, though it will be moderate for those who don't hike often. Most people will be able to knock off the 7.4 km return hike in two - three hours. With only 422 m of elevation gain, it's also a great choice for families. I have done…

The Jura Creek hike near Canmore

Jura Creek Hike Near Canmore, Alberta

The Jura Creek hike near Canmore is a family-friendly outing with an option to add a level of difficulty by doing a loop hike that includes a scramble of Doorjamb and Loder Peak. Another alternative once out of the canyon and past the false fault, is to walk up Jura Creek for many kilometres. Near the end of Jura Creek, you can climb Morrowmount (in the summer or fall), a peak named for Patrick Morrow,…

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