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Superb View From Top Of The Giant

The Top of the Giant Hike in Northwest Ontario

The Top of the Giant hike in Sleeping Giant Provincial Park rewards those who make the 12 kilometre one way trek with outstanding views over Lake Superior. Despite its considerable length, there is only 290 metres (961 feet) of elevation gain and the first eight kilometres of the hike are dead flat so you can cover a lot of ground quickly. The day we did the Top of the Giant hike did not look promising.…

The Solleric Estate – With Over 120,000 Tons Of Olive Oil Production A Year In The 20th C

Hiking in Mallorca from Soller to Alaro

Our second to last day of hiking in Mallorca took us from Soller to Alaro but we cheated as most people do and started the day with a taxi ride to the Cúber Reservoir. We did that for two reasons. The day before had been a "rest day" so we had already hiked a couple of hours on the route to the reservoir and the thought of repeating the route - despite it being very…

Beautiful Views On The Heart Mountain Hike

The Heart Mountain Hike near Canmore

With fickle spring weather, John and I have had a hard time finding a day on a weekend to do the Heart Mountain hike. Finally in late April the weather Gods provided the window to do it. The Heart Mountain hike near Canmore is 2.8 kilometres one way with an elevation gain of 745 metres (2,450 feet). It's nothing but up until you reach the summit. It took us just over four hours return including…

Stunning Hikes To Do Along The Icefields Parkway

5 Stunning Hikes to do Along the Icefields Parkway

Not only is Alberta's Icefields Parkway a spectacular stretch of road to drive, it offers quick access to world-class hikes (and backpacking trips) with most trailheads immediately beside the highway. Over its 232 kilometres (the distance between Lake Louise and Jasper) there are roughly 30 hikes or backpacking trips you can do. All are in either Banff or Jasper National Park. Here are five stunning hikes on the Icefields Parkway, all of which could be done as a…

Pretty Hiking To Buller Pass In Larch Season

The Stunning Hike to Buller Pass in Kananaskis Country

The stunning hike to Buller Pass takes only four - five hours round-trip. It's one of the  best moderate hikes in Kananaskis Country. From your perch at the pass you can see down to the Ribbon Lake (where you can camp with a permit) and over to Guinn Pass. From Guinn Pass you can hike down to the Galatea Lakes and out to Highway 40. Look in the other direction and you'll see snow covered…

The Spurwink Island Path Hike in Newfoundland

The East Coast Trail on the island of Newfoundland, runs from Cape St. Francis in the north to Cappahayden in the south, a distance of 265 kilometres. The trail follows the rugged coast via a series of 24 connected paths, each with its own northern and southern trailhead. Most of the trailheads are an easy drive away from St. John's so it's possible to do them as a day trip, at least if you have a car shuttle. When…

A Visit to Rincon de la Vieja National Park in Costa Rica

While in Costa Rica for my son's wedding a big group of us took a day to visit Rincon de la Vieja National Park. It's located close to the city of Liberia in the northern part of the country. Most people visit the park to see the cinder cone volcano - Rincon de la Vieja, comprised of nine contiguous craters. To get to the crater it's an 8 kilometre hike with a lot of vertical…

Emerald Lake In Summer

7 Things to do in Yoho National Park, British Columbia

Interested in what things you can do in Yoho National Park? This Canadian Rocky Mountain Park is one of the four contiguous national parks in the Rockies that received UNESCO status in 1984. Yoho National Park is located between Golden, British Columbia and Lake Louise, Alberta. The park which has been around since 1886, sits entirely in British Columbia, with a visitor centre located just outside the pretty town of Field. Yoho National Park is…

A Hike on the Whyte Lake Trail in West Vancouver

You won't go wrong at any time of the year with a hike on the Whyte Lake trail in West Vancouver. It's the perfect outing if you have one to three hours. The trail takes you through beautiful old growth forest with a lush under-story. Often you can hear the wrens singing away and you may even spot a barred owl. Though there are bears in West Vancouver I never saw so much as bear…

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