Awe and Wonder of Yoho National Park

Takakkaw Falls, Yoho National Park, British Columbia.

The name says it all – Yoho is a Cree word expressing awe and wonder. While that describes many places in the Rocky Mountains, things here seem cranked up another notch, with numerous towering peaks, raging rivers and waterfalls galore, and postcard views at every turn.   Fed by glacial meltwater, Takakkaw Falls is one […]

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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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The Marvelous Monarchs of Mexico

Monarch butterflies

  We just got back from witnessing one of nature’s most breathtaking spectacles. High in the Sierra Madre Mountains west of Mexico City is the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where migrating Monarchs from east of the Rockies throughout North America overwinter in a mountaintop forest of oyamel fir trees. Arriving […]

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Exploring the Columbia Icefields

Ice Explorer

The massive Columbia Icefield is the highlight of the spectacular Icefields Parkway, a driving route of 230 kilometres between Lake Louise and Jasper in the Canadian Rockies. Encompassing parts of Banff and Jasper National Parks, you can see seven major glaciers and around 25 smaller ones along the way. Things really get interesting about half […]

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Hoodoo Hunting in Dinosaur Provincial Park

Dinosaur Provincial Park

  Approaching Dinosaur Provincial Park in southeast Alberta, we come to a valley rim where the land suddenly drops into a vast expanse of spectacular badlands, the largest anywhere in Canada. The park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in part because of the landscape, but also because it has the world’s largest deposits […]

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