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Great View Of Mt. Thor From A Distance

Across the Arctic Circle on Foot on Baffin Island

Last week's introduction to Baffin Island wasn't a warm one - as far as the temperature was concerned. And it didn't really get much better for several days. Fortunately though the scenery did.  Our plan was to hike along the Weasel River to the high point at Akshayuk Pass by Summit Lake, crossing the Arctic Circle on Baffin Island in the process. Although distances were short, the hiking was slow because of the 50 -…

Visiting Iqaluit, Nunavut on an Airport Layover

It's a rare day when I'm happy with a plane delay. But on the way up to Pangnirtung - the starting point for a two week backpacking trip in Auyuittuq National Park John and I  were delayed in Iqaluit - the capital of Nunavut - initially for four hours, though ultimately for seven hours. Before the flight up we didn't think we'd have any chance to see Iqaluit since flights in and out were supposed…

Heading Into Mara Lake

10 Things To Know About Shuswap Lake Houseboating

Have you ever thought about a houseboating holiday on Shuswap Lake in British Columbia? Does it have appeal but you've never driven a boat before? Do you think you'll run into nothing but a bunch of drunken partiers? Are there things to do off the boat? Can you play golf? Do you have to cook? Here are the answers - and 10 things you should know about Shuswap Lake houseboating. 1. The town of Sicamous…

I Wonder How Quickly These Cliffs Are Eroding

The A to Z List of Canadian Islands (Mostly) Worth a Visit

I thought I'd improve my Canadian geography and so I've come up with an A to Z list of Canadian Islands worth a visit. This may be a test of your geography skills too. Start with Anticosti Island  in Quebec and finish with Zuckerberg Island in British Columbia. Anticosti Island Anticosti Island located in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, is Canada's 20th largest island. It's sparsely populated by humans but there are over 160,000 white…

Everything About Eva Lake Is Beautiful

The 10 Most Popular National Parks in Canada

What are the 10 most popular National Parks in Canada? I happened upon an article in Canadian Geographic magazine and found statistics related to National Park visits to be quite interesting. They were a few years old so I went off in search of the latest stats. The top place holders for popular national parks in Canada were no surprise - Banff and Jasper National Parks but none of the other national parks in Canada come even…

Great View Of Mt. Thor From A Distance

11 National Parks of Canada You Might Not Know About

I spent quite a bit of time researching the national parks of Canada for a book on outdoor adventure travel in Canada. Naturally some of the best places for outdoor adventures take place in Canada's national parks. But I admit to being shocked about how many national parks of Canada I'd never heard of. Here are 11 national parks of  Canada that I hadn't heard of - and perhaps you haven't either. One day I…

Cycle On Either Side Of The Canal

35 Fun, Weird and Interesting Facts About Ottawa

I grew up in Ottawa and looking back I feel lucky to have grown up in such a city. Ottawa offers a great mix of culture and recreation. Its home to the National Arts Center which always offers something interesting for the right side of your brain but it's the easy access to the outdoor life where Ottawa really shines. In the winter you can skate on the Rideau Canal or cross country ski in the…

145 Weird, Fun and Interesting Facts About Canada

For fellow Canadians and those even mildly interested in Canada I thought I'd put a blog together and give you 145 weird, fun and interesting facts about Canada. Canada came into being as a country on July 1, 1867 when the British Parliament passed the British North America Act. Famous Canadians Famous Canadian celebrities include Justin Bieber, Michael Buble, James Cameron, Jim Carrey, Celine Dion, Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, Mike Myers, Ryan Reynolds and William…

Spectacular Scenery In Auyuittuq National Park

37 Long Distance & Backpacking Trails in Canada

Canada has its fair share of long distance and backpacking trails. I tend to think of Europe when I think of long distance hiking trails or walks. Maybe they've just done a better job of publicizing them. But in Canada there are long distance and backpacking trails in every province and territory. Several are a work in progress. Here are 37 long distance and backpacking trails in Canada. Some are built only for hiking, while…

Enjoying A Sunset Over Vancouver From Our Room At The Pinnacle Hotel At The Pier

Weird & Wonderful Facts About Vancouver

Learning unusual facts about a city before you visit can really enhance your stay and make it more interesting. With a sharp rise in visitors to Vancouver in the summer I figured the timing was right to put together a list of interesting facts about the city of Vancouver. Here's my list of 35 weird and wonderful facts about Vancouver, a city I had the pleasure of living in for almost 10 years. Vancouver is…

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