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110 Nature Hot Spots in Manitoba & Saskatchewan

The book 110 Nature Hot Spots in Manitoba and Saskatchewan will forever change your perception of the provinces. I don't know how many times I have heard the comment - there is nothing to see or do on the prairies. Guess again. Both provinces are home to rich eco-systems. You just might have to look a little harder than in the Rockies. To that end Jenn Smith Nelson and Doug O'Neill, two talented Canadian travel…

125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta, Canada

It took 15 months to give birth to my second book - 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta - The Best Parks, Conservation Areas and Wild Places, co-authored with my friend Debbie Olsen, who in fairness wrote a whole lot more of the book than I did. I swore after my first book I'd never write a second. It's just like babies; you forget about the sleepless nights, the lack of free time, the bleary…

Massive trees in Hendy Woods State Park

Hendy Woods State Park – Visit for the Trees

With trees as tall as skyscrapers and an understory of primeval ferns, a hike in Hendy Woods State Park just outside of Boonville, California will leave you with a sore neck from staring up for so long. On the soggy day that we visited, we had the entire Hendy Woods Park to ourselves. We elected to do a loop hike in the Big Hendy area - a great choice as it turned out. From the…

The Top 5 Outdoorsy Things to Do in Prince George, BC

Few towns throw down outdoor adventure like Prince George, BC. Yet, the small northern B.C. city doesn’t get the hype it deserves on the western Canada scene. I had passed through town a few times before, once on the way to paddling the amazing Bowron Lakes Circuit—an epic paddle through 116-kilometre chain of lakes, waterways and portages just a couple hours north of town. But it still took until a recent May visit to open…

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