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Looking Out To The Mitchell Range In Kootenay National Park

What to Do in Kootenay National Park in Winter

Kootenay National Park, located in southeast British Columbia, is one of four national parks that make up the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site. When you drive Highway 93 - the only major highway through the park you get the feeling that much of the park remains untrampled and unexplored. Steep mountains, waterfalls galore, canyons, beautiful rivers and even a hot spring are all here waiting to be discovered. Kootenay National Park is a…

Arrival At Ojibway Cabin In Quetico Provincial Park

A Girl’s Getaway to Quetico Provincial Park in Ontario

I'm happy to have a few girlfriends who say yes to adventures most won't consider. Cue my friend of almost four decades - Jo. She has always wanted to visit Quetico Provincial Park in northwest Ontario, though a winter trip was perhaps not what she initially had in mind. To her credit, she said she was game for a stay in a simple cabin on a frozen lake, accessed via a 2 kilometre snowshoe in.…

Skiing Up To Skogan Pass With Nakiska Ski Resort In The Background

5 Places to Go Cross Country Skiing Near Calgary

If you're looking to get outside and make the most of winter why not hit one of these five cross-country ski trails, all within an hour of Calgary. Described are five of my favourite places to go cross country skiing near Calgary - appreciating that suggestions take you as far as Kananaskis Country. West Bragg Creek - one of the best places to cross country ski near Calgary You are spoiled for choice with well…

Snowshoeing at Hiawatha Highlands in Sault Ste. Marie

If I was a resident of Sault Ste. Marie (located 675 kilometres northwest of Toronto) I would be making twice weekly trips to Hiawatha Highlands to cross-country ski on trails that have been described as offering some of the continent's finest Nordic skiing. Located less than 10 minutes outside of "the Soo" in a rolling landscape  filled with stands of pines, hardwoods, creeks and waterfalls, a day trip to Hiawatha Highlands will leave you feeling…

A Trip to Stokely Creek Lodge for Cross-country Skiing

Canadians have been slow to catch on to the charms of Stokely Creek Lodge, located just 35 minutes by car north of Sault Ste. Marie - especially considering the ease of getting to 'the Soo" from Toronto. You can easily fly on either Porter Airlines or Air Canada. The American owned Stokely Creek Lodge has been drawing guests primarily from Michigan and Wisconsin since the first cross-country ski trails opened in 1976-77.  Stokely Creek Lodge…

Sundance Lodge: Banff’s Secret Winter Destination

I wouldn't call myself a creature of routine. I thrive on change and new experiences. But there are exceptions and a winter ski trip into Sundance Lodge in Banff National Park is one of those exceptions. I first learned about the lodge through a blog a number of years ago but for the most part this place remains a secret in winter. Few people have heard about it or even know that its open in…

Cross-country Skiing In Kimberley In The Kootenay Rockies

A 3 Day Winter Getaway in BC’s Kootenay Rockies

What can you do and where can you go if you have three delicious days to spend on a winter getaway? If you've never been to the Kootenay Rockies, put this area on your must-visit list. In particular, plan stops in Kimberley, Invermere and Panorama along British Columbia's famous Powder Highway. Here's what to do on a 3 day winter getaway in the Kootenay Rockies (starting in Calgary) Updated January 2020. This post includes some affiliate…

The Kawartha Nordic Skiing Experience

Drive 35 minutes north from Peterborough or two hours northeast from Toronto and you'll reach the Kawartha Nordic Centre. With trails for both classic and skate skiing running through Canadian Shield country you're in for a delightful day of skiing in an exceptionally picturesque setting. Ski through stands of towering white pine trees, past frozen rivers and small lakes. Make one of the four warming cabins your destination for the day. Kawartha Nordic rents skis for classic…

Cross-country Skiing At Latigo Ranch

An Unforgettable Stay at Latigo Ranch in Colorado

Latigo Ranch near Kremmling, Colorado is one of the best places I've been in the world for cross-country skiing. And good old western-style hospitality.  The landscape of rolling hills dotted with aspen trees and far-reaching views makes for a splendid backdrop. Run as a dude ranch in the summer, Latigo Ranch transforms itself into one of the top spots in the USA in winter for cross-country skiing. Try to imagine what it's like to have…

Skating In Cypress Hills Provincial Park, Alberta

7 Things to Do in Winter in Cypress Hills Provincial Park

Down in Alberta's southeast corner within sight of the Sweet Grass Hills of Montana sits Cypress Hills Provincial Park, a four season beauty that has escaped the notice of almost all Albertans. Of course the folks in nearby Medicine Hat and parts of Saskatchewan know its winter secrets but do you? Mike Ratcliffe, the Head of Visitor Services in Cypress Hills Provincial Park tells me that "Cypress Hills Provincial Park is a winter playground with…

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