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Ile Aux Perroquots Sunrise

A Lighthouse Stay in Quebec’s Mingan Archipelago

From a distance it looks like we're heading for Alcatraz Island - famous for some of its high profile criminals like Al Capone. But as our destination - Îles aux Perroquets gets closer - the semblance disappears and the magic of our destination becomes apparent. Seven of us are heading to the westernmost island in Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve for a lighthouse stay. While we have less than a full 24 hours on the…

A Day Trip from Amman to the Azraq Wetland Preserve

“There’s nothing there” some told us. “Just flat desert.” However, after having our fill of culture for a week we wanted to get a little taste of Wild Jordan and were not to be deterred from visiting the AZRAQ WETLAND PRESERVE. We had not seen very many bird species in the previous week and quite frankly I was feeling a little demanding about getting some birding in. As a bonus, there was a UNESCO site…

A Trip to see Sandhill Cranes in southern Arizona

My husband John is a very good sport about joining me on adventures, whether they interest him or not. Fortunately most do. But like any marriage there needs to be give and take so since he is an avid birder I agreed to several hours of birding - mostly to see sandhill cranes in Arizona. Specifically we visited Whitewater Draw, a globally important bird area in the southern part of the state. Don't get me wrong.…

The Sea Safari – One of Vancouver’s Top Day Trips

If you're visiting Vancouver or anywhere in the North Vancouver - Whistler corridor - and you're looking for fun Vancouver day trips then put the sea safari out of Sewell's Marina in Horseshoe Bay on the must-do list. As far as Vancouver day trips go, it's one of the most interesting and rewarding ones out there. And kids will love it too. Here's why! Sewell's Marina, a long time business located in the Village of…

Shorebirds, Surfers with Brain Freeze & Flaming Gin

What do you get when you combine 150,000 birds, surfers with brain freeze, and gin that tastes like a rainforest? A Vancouver Island festival that will entertain both culture and nature seekers! Tofino will host its 19th annual Shorebird Festival April 29 to May 1, 2016. Some of the world's toughest frequent fliers – sandpipers, plovers and whimbrels migrating from South America to the Arctic - visit Vancouver Island's west coast beaches in late April…

Hiking Among the Zapatecas in Mexico’s Sierra Norte Mountains

A hike is a hike is a hike. Right? Of course not. Anyone reading this blog will know there are as many types of hikes as there are models of hiking boots. There are day hikes and overnight hikes and long distance hikes. There are mountain hikes and valley hikes, inter-tidal hikes and smell-the-roses hikes. There are pilgrimages, rambles, tramps, treks, strolls; and the occasional slog. I like just about any hike, but my favourite…

A Snowy Hike in Beautiful Chiricahua National Monument

In southeastern Arizona, about a two hour drive away from Tucson you'll find the beautiful and somewhat isolated Chiricahua National Monument. Called a sky island - with mountains that rise to a height of 9,763 feet (2,978 m) above the surrounding plains, the area makes a great destination for hikers and birders. We were there in mid-December during a snow storm. So much for getting away from the cold of Calgary! However, it turned out…

A Trip to the Quill Lakes, Saskatchewan – A World-class Birding Area

Ask just about anyone in Saskatchewan where the Quill Lakes are and chances are you’ll be met with blank stares. That was certainly our experience. Yet the Quill Lakes, located a few hours’ drive east of Saskatoon, are an International Bird Area – with over 300 species and 1,000,000 birds going through the area every year. Three large lakes make up the area – Big Quill Lake, Little Quill Lake and Mud Lake. The lakes…

A Spring Trip to Point Pelee National Park

If birding, beaches and boardwalks have appeal - though perhaps not in that order - then perhaps you'd enjoy a spring trip to Point Pelee National Park in southwestern Ontario. I checked out the place in some detail over the May long weekend. Point Pelee National Park is one of Canada's smallest parks coming in at just over 20 square kilometres of land. It's roughly a four hour drive from Toronto and accessed via the…

A Weekend of Slow Travel on Pelee Island, Ontario

Updated May 2019 A weekend or more on Pelee Island, the southernmost inhabited spot in Canada, is a great place to try out the concept known as slow travel. And that's just what my husband and I, along with my mother-in-law, did over a weekend in May. This is a place where time stands still. Cellphones don't always work. And forget looking for wireless for your computer. But there are plenty of things to do…

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