Exploring Saskatchewan’s Athabasca Sand Dunes

Athabasca Sand Dunes, northern Saskatchewan

The Athabasca Sand Dunes are, quite simply, our favourite place in the world. Stretching for about 100 kilometres along the south shore of Lake Athabasca in Saskatchewan’s far north, these are the largest dunes in Canada and the largest this far north anywhere in the world. But it’s not just size that makes them unique. […]

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Magical Town of Izamal, Mexico

Monastery, Izamal

  Izamal is an officially designated “Magical Town”, one of 35 in Mexico, and one of only two in the State of Yucatan (the other being Valladolid). An official Magical Town has to be small (at least small by Mexican standards), rich in historic tradition, and be well preserved. Izamal certainly fits the bill, with […]

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Lake Athbasca’s Spectacular North Shore – Part 2

Reed Bay, Lake Athabasca, Saskatchewan

In the last posting, we followed Lake Athabasca’s north shore as far as Lodge Bay. Now we’ll continue from Lodge Bay to the Oldman River, one of the most magnificent stretches. It’s only 30 kilometres in a straight line, but could be two or three times that length if you explore the many bays and […]

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Highlights of the Icefields Parkway

Athabasca Falls

The Icefields Parkway is one of the world’s most spectacular driving tours. Towering snow-capped peaks, magnificent river valleys, picture-perfect waterfalls galore, wandering wildlife, and walls of ice dripping from the largest glaciers in the Rockies can all be seen without leaving your vehicle. Of course, you’ll want to get out of your vehicle – a […]

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Banff Gondola offers Breathtaking Photography

Banff Townsite from top of Banff Gondola.

Canada’s Banff National Park abounds with photogenic hot spots, but for a bird’s eye perspective of the spectacular terrain, it’s hard to beat a trip up Sulphur Mountain on the Banff Gondola. Just outside Banff townsite, the eight-minute trip takes you to an elevation of 2281 metres, where you look down on the townsite some […]

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How to visit Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Reserves

Monarch Butterflies at El Rosario, Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, Mexico.

In the last post we talked about visiting Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, home to one of nature’s great wildlife spectacles. This time we’ll get into the logistics of how to go about it. Guided excursions operate from Mexico City, Morelia, and other places around Mexico, but it is also fairly easy and economical to […]

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