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Things to Do in La Paz Mexico

There are loads of fun and unusual things to do in La Paz Mexico, called the "Gateway to the Sea of Cortez." La Paz, a city of 290,000 inhabitants located on the peninsula of Baja California Sur, is about 200 kilometres north of Los Cabos. From Los Cabos airport it's a scenic three hour drive to the north. Between its dry, sunny climate and enviable location on the Sea of Cortez - called the "Aquarium of…

A minor amount of easy paddling on the first day

Kayaking in BC: 7 of the Best Places to Go

British Columbia, Canada is one of the most popular kayaking destinations in the world. With 25,725 km of coastline to be explored it can be a bit confusing as to where you may want to go. Luckily I have some suggestions. Here are seven of the best places to go kayaking in BC. Some are merely weekend trips while others like Haida Gwaii deserve a minimum of a week.  This post includes some affiliate links.…

We got lucky and the rain held off for most of the day

10 of the Best Places to Paddle in Alberta

Chances are when you think of Alberta you don't think of the province in terms of a paddling destination. Yet it has its fair share of rivers and lakes in both prairie and mountain settings. All routes and experiences outlined below offer something for the beginner through to the advanced paddler. Here's a list of what I think are 9 of the best places to paddle in Alberta - whether it be in a kayak…

Mountain biking in Usery Mountain Regional Park

Fun Things to Do in Mesa Arizona

Looking for a variety of fun, outdoorsy things to do in Mesa, Arizona? It's been named the best city for Outdoor Lovers by Money Magazine, even though its Arizona's third largest city.  Things to do in Mesa, Arizona outdoors I discovered a huge variety of things to do in Mesa, Arizona - largely because of where its sits in the state. There's easy access to the Lower Salt River. Four lakes are within spitting distance.…

Beautiful scenery in the Broken Group of Islands

Broken Group Islands Sea Kayaking Trip

For the better part of a week three of us - my friend Judy and husband John spent a lot of time checking the weather forecast for Ucluelet and Bamfield, two small towns on the west coast of Vancouver Island. We were trying to decide if it was worth making the day long drive to Vancouver from Calgary, then hopping a ferry to Nanaimo and continuing for another three hours to Salmon Beach - all…

1000 Islands kayaking

1000 Islands Kayaking Over 3 Days

Setting out from Gananoque, there are several options for a three day 1000 Islands kayaking trip – primarily dependent on your experience, comfort level on the water and location of the campsite or oTENTik cabin you’ve either reserved or are hoping to snag. Camping is only permitted on islands that are part of Thousand Islands National Park. Reserve ahead where permitted (on Beau Rivage, Camelot, Cedar, Milton, McDonald, Gordon, Georgina, East and Central Granadier, Aubrey…

Surrounded by mountains

Kayaking the Beautiful Bow River in Banff

If you've ever driven the Trans-Canada Highway through Banff National Park you've seen the Bow River. It's a beautiful ribbon of turquoise-blue that you can't miss. I've wanted to paddle it since moving to Calgary. I finally did. The Bow River starts in the Rockies and flows onto the prairies to meet the Oldman River which then drains into the South Saskatchewan River. In Banff  National Park there are three sections of the Bow River that…

Barn swallows at the Ellis Bird Farm are a joy to watch

Things to do in Red Deer, Alberta

I had never given Red Deer a chance. I always thought of the city as the halfway point between Calgary and Edmonton and a good place to fill up the car. But there are plenty of great things to do in Red Deer if you give it a chance. Don't let a strip of highway - aka Gasoline Alley - define the city. Once you move away from the highway Red Deer has plenty to…

When the lights go down

Camping on Georgian Bay near Killarney Park

If you're looking for an outstanding kayaking and camping trip that delivers where it counts  - unparalleled beauty, rocky pink granite islands and gorgeous campsites on islands you get all to yourself, then you should think about a kayaking (or canoeing) trip to the Georgian Bay - in particular, the area around Killarney Provincial Park. The camping on Georgian Bay is truly spectacular - think the Group of 7 painters kind of scenery. You just…

Canoes and kayaks lined up along the Milk River

TRAK Kayak Test on the Milk River

John and I along with my brother, Geoff spent a long weekend canoeing and kayaking the Milk River in southern Alberta. It's a river known to be shallow and loaded with rocks. In fact on the second day you have to negotiate the better part of 33 kilometres through what are called the rock gardens. Somehow my brother missed my description of the river and figured he was heading out on a leisurely flat water paddle. My…


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