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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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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Alberta’s Red Rock Coulee Natural Area

Red Rock Coulee Natural Area, Alberta

  Standing on the valley rim, we peer into a rugged coulee of badland formations. Between the eroded slopes, native prairie covers the undulating treeless landscape where wildflower blossoms vie for space among the needle-and-thread grass, sagebrush and junipers. What really grabs our attention is the sea of scattered curling rock-shaped boulders, most a dazzling […]

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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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