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The Platforms At Chileno Campground

What to Pack & How to Prepare for a Trek in Patagonia

I went with my husband and friends to trek in Patagonia - with the goal to hike both the "O" Circuit in Chile's Torres del Paine National Park and to do a few day hikes in Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina. I have spent in excess of 30 hours researching, planning and preparing for this trek in Patagonia. From experience now here's what to pack and how to prepare for a trek in Patagonia.…

The 10 Hiking Essentials Everyone Should Carry

Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links. If you purchase an item through these links, I receive a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you. This helps me continue to write free content like the article you are reading. I only recommend products or experiences I personally use or see a use for. The original list of 10 hiking essentials came from the Mountaineers, a Seattle based organization for climbers and outdoor…

The Sulphur Mountain Hike in Banff National Park

Sulphur Mountain in Banff National Park, named for the sulphur odour emanating from the hot springs near the base of the mountain, is usually accessed via a quick gondola ride. That's the easy way to get up and down the mountain. But there is the option of a Sulphur Mountain hike, actually two options but one is best in summer and the other during the shoulder seasons - October to December and April to June.…

The Johnston Canyon Ice Walk in Banff National Park

The Johnston Canyon ice walk in Banff National Park ticks off all the boxes when it comes to a fun, half-day adventure. It's one of the most popular winter activities in Banff but don't let that put you off. To avoid the crowds, plan to start either early or late in the day, appreciating that the sun sets by 4:45 PM in late December. Sometimes you will literally slip-slide your way up Johnston Canyon in…

Why You’ll Want to do the Hike to Havasu Falls

If you've ever seen the photos of world-famous Havasu Falls, the images of the turquoise-blue water contrasted with the earthy tones of the Grand Canyon will forever be etched in your mind. A hike to Havasu Falls is the best way (and apart from helicoptering in, the only way) to appreciate the beauty of not just these falls, but the four other equally stunning waterfalls in the Havasupai area. They include Upper and Lower Navajo Falls,…

The Lake Agnes – Big Beehive Hike

The Lake Agnes - Big Beehive hike delivers world-class mountain scenery. Normally the hike to Lake Agnes Teahouse is a ridiculously busy one, especially in the summer. But we elected to do the Big Beehive hike in the third week of October, a couple of weeks after a particularly big, early season snow storm, so the number of hikers was way down. Starting early always helps but on this occasion the trail to Lake Agnes…

Hut to Hut Hiking on the Charlevoix Traverse

A few years ago John and I included a winter visit to the scenic Charlevoix region located less than 100 kilometres northeast of Quebec City. On that trip we enjoyed a stunning drive, albeit a hair-raising one along Highway 381, through a dramatic landscape of lumpy mountains and frozen rivers that included Parc national des Grands-Jardins with its sub-Arctic taiga-like terrain. At that time I knew there were backcountry huts in the area used by…

Mississagi Provincial Park – A Northern Ontario Treasure

Mississagi Provincial Park, located just 25 kilometres north of the city of Elliot Lake, has been called "one of Ontario's last true natural parks." The park offers visitors a chance to hike, canoe, bike, swim and enjoy nature in a park that aside from 60 front-country campsites, seven backcountry campsites and seven hiking trails is preserved in its natural state. Mississagi Provincial Park features one of the best views in Ontario, an incredible fall foliage display (!!!)…

The Hike to Black Prince Cirque

The hike to Black Prince Cirque is easy to access off the Smith Dorrien Road in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. In actuality, few people hike to Black Prince Cirque or even Black Prince Lake. Instead they stop at the very photogenic Warspite Lake - just a few kilometres from the trailhead. Warspite Lake is the first stop on the hike The majority of visitors head for Warspite Lake – via a 4.3 kilometre loop trail.…

WatertonLakes National Park

7 Things to Do in Waterton National Park, Alberta

Enjoy a selection of these 7 things to do in Waterton National Park, located in southern Alberta. The park shares a border with Glacier National Park in Montana. Remember you can even visit the park as a day-tripper from Calgary! Even though Waterton Lakes National Park may be the smallest national park in the Rockies, it sure delivers a punch for its size. While parts of the park remain closed after the Kenow Fire from…

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