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A 3 Day Canoe Trip on the Milk River in Alberta

The Milk River, named for its milky colour by Lewis and Clark back in 1805, flows north out of Montana into southern Alberta and then back into Montana again. Over its 1,173 kilometre length, there is a fantastic section that can easily be done as a 3 day canoe trip beginning in the town of Milk River, Alberta. John and I rented a canoe from Ken Brown of Milk River Raft Tours (Ph: 403-642-7619) and…

8 of the Best Things to do in Sidney, British Columbia

The seaside town of Sidney, located just five minutes down the road from the BC Ferries Schwartz Bay Terminal on Vancouver Island, offers a surprising number of things to do. Judging by the stream of ferry traffic on the highway, most people give Sidney a pass and head straight for Victoria. But the town is worth a stop, especially in the summer. This post includes some affiliate links. If you make a qualifying purchase through one of these links, I…

Discovering the Florida Keys by Kayak

It appears from comments in my social media networks that many of my readers are less than enthusiastic about kayaking with alligators in Big Cypress National Preserve. (No way, are you kidding, you are so brave, I want a contract that says No Attacking Me and Eating Me - and yet really it was such a great day.) However, I think everybody I know would love to discover the Florida Keys by kayak, especially via an…

Kayaking through Alligator Country on Florida’s Turner River

With dreams of alligators lunging for the warm meat sitting in my kayak cockpit (me), I went ahead and booked a full day kayaking trip on the Turner River in Florida's Big Cypress National Reserve. The goal was to see the area in its most pristine state - well off the very busy and well-trodden tourist trail. I knew the area would be rich not only with alligators but with birds, and that would make…

Kayaking in Gwaii Haanas National Park in 25 Photos

Our one week summer kayaking trip with Green Coast Kayaking to Gwaii Haanas National Park  was a standout from start to finish. Certainly fantastic weather made a difference but so did the dramatic west coast scenery, the beautiful beaches, the wonderful food and the frequent wildlife sightings. I was particularly lucky on the third day out. We had left Gordon Island and were heading back to Rose Harbour when we came across a humpback whale. We…

Rose Harbour, Haida Gwaii At Sunrise

The Trip to Rose Harbour in Haida Gwaii

It took 20 years of dreaming to make my kayaking trip to Gwaii Haanas National Park Preserve, located at the tip of Haida Gwaii (formerly the Queen Charlottes), a reality. My husband and I along with two very good friends joined a tour organized by Green Coast Kayaking. The trip started in Sandspit with a bouncy shuttle on a rough forest road to a boat launch. From there it was a four hour  chilly boat…

Canoeing the Yukon River to Whitehorse Over a Day

Canoeing the Yukon River is often done as a multi-day or even multi-week paddling trip. As the third longest river in North America, the Yukon River is a favourite of recreational paddlers. Many people set off canoeing the Yukon River from Whitehorse to Dawson City - though that's only a fraction of its 3,185 km length. You can also paddle a 30 kilometre section of the Yukon River from Marsh Lake south of Whitehorse to…

Kayaking to Ninstints on Anthony Island, Gwaii Haanas

Kayaking to the village of Ninstints on Anthony Island was definitely one of the highlights of a week-long kayaking trip in Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve. It's a place that had been on my radar for a very long time. Ninstints is a UNESCO World Heritage Site "It bears unique testimony to the culture of the Haida. The art represented by the carved poles at SGang Gwaay llnagaay (Nan Sdins) is recognized to be among…

The Kayaker’s Checklist: 100 Items You Can’t Leave Home Without

If you've got a kayaking trip planned, even for a day, then you'll appreciate this kayaker's checklist - with roughly 100 items that you can't leave home without. The biggest difference between a short trip and a long trip, from my experience, is the amount of food and water I take. On longer trips I also take more repair gear. I hope you find this comprehensive kayaker's checklist useful for future trips. Camp Clothing Capilene…

Canoeing from the Cameron River Ramparts to Yellowknife

The Northwest Territories offers some of the best canoeing in the country. But almost all of the canoe routes require an expensive float plane ride. I wanted to do something that didn't cost a lot. With some help from Gary at Overlander Sports I put together an itinerary that only required a one hour van shuttle from Yellowknife to KM 55 on the Ingraham Trail (also known as Highway 4). The plan was to spend four…

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