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Drumheller Badlands Things to Do – Day Trip from Calgary

Drumheller Badlands Things to Do – Day Trip from Calgary

Looking for the perfect day trip from Calgary, tourists most often think of the Canadian Rockies with panoramic mountain views, gorgeous waterfalls, tons of hiking trails, and beautiful glacier lakes. But one of the best day trips from Calgary is actually in the other direction. Only 130 km (80 miles) from Calgary, the Drumheller Badlands offer plenty […]

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Parker Ridge Trail Day Hike on Icefields Parkway Banff to Jasper

Parker Ridge Trail Day Hike on Icefields Parkway Banff to Jasper

While I’m spending time with family this summer my sister and I decided to take a road trip mini vacay to Jasper. Hoping to avoid the biggest crowds we left Calgary on Tuesday and returned Friday. While planning our 4 day Jasper getaway we looked for a great day hike on the way to Jasper […]

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Fullerton Loop Kananaskis Hike near Bragg Creek Alberta

Fullerton Loop Kananaskis Hike near Bragg Creek Alberta

Fullerton Loop trail near Bragg Creek in Kananaskis Country is an easy day hike if you are driving from Calgary. What I love about this trail: Beautiful Elbow River views The elevation gain gives me a decent workout There’s plenty of parking at the trailhead     About Fullerton Loop trail Kananaskis Looking for good […]

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Ptarmigan Cirque Trail Easy Kananaskis Hikes Alberta

Ptarmigan Cirque Trail Easy Kananaskis Hikes Alberta

  Ptarmigan Cirque is one of the most scenic of the Kananaskis hiking trails. It’s an easy drive from Calgary, Canmore, or Banff. There are beautiful mountain views along Hwy 40 (aka Kananaskis Trail or Bighorn Hwy) to Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. Kananaskis Country is home to some of the best hikes in Alberta.   […]

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Johnston Canyon Hike Banff Waterfalls Secret Cave Ink Pots

Johnston Canyon Hike Banff Waterfalls Secret Cave Ink Pots

Johnston Canyon is an easy hike in Banff with two beautiful waterfalls and a bonus hidden cave if you know where to find the secret hiking trail. Located 25 km (16 miles) from the town of Banff, Johnston Canyon hike follows along the Johnston Creek. This is one of the most popular of Banff hiking […]

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Canada Road Trip – 5 Awesome Glacial Lakes to Visit in Alberta and BC

Canada Road Trip – 5 Awesome Glacial Lakes to Visit in Alberta and BC

People often ask me what I miss most about Canada while I’m driving around Canada and the USA on my long-term road trip. Besides family, I miss the mountains the most. Mountains and the turquoise glacial fed lakes that you will find in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta and British Columbia. The colors of these lakes […]

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Rock Art at Remic Rapids – Ottawa River

Rock Art at Remic Rapids – Ottawa River

The first afternoon of my solo trip to Ottawa I decided to go for a walk along the Ottawa River and I discovered the wonderful Rock Art exhibit at Remic Rapids. I glimpsed a grouping of stones balanced on one another like an inukhsuk. Walking further down the river I saw dozens of balanced rock art sculptures.   […]

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Poutine Quintessential Quebec Cuisine

Poutine Quintessential Quebec Cuisine

While traveling around the world or at home I love to experience different cultures via the food. There are not too many foods that have their origin in Canada, where I grew up, but visiting Quebec I had the pleasure of tasting one of them. Poutine is quintessential Quebec cuisine. What is poutine? Poutine consists […]

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Ottawa Locks UNESCO World Heritage Site

Ottawa Locks UNESCO World Heritage Site

On my recent solo trip to Ottawa I visited the Ottawa Locks on the Rideau Canal – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A series of eight locks allow boats to travel between the Ottawa River and the Rideau Canal with a total lift of 79 feet. Located between Parliament Hill and the Chateau Laurier Hotel the Ottawa Locks […]

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Peace Tower Parliament Hill Ottawa Canada

Peace Tower Parliament Hill Ottawa Canada

On my third attempt I was able to visit the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill in Ottawa Canada. My first attempt failed due to a scheduled protest on Parliament Hill in the afternoon. My second attempt I arrived too near closing time but I did receive some useful information from the staff, who told me to […]

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National Gallery of Canada – Contemporary Art in Ottawa

National Gallery of Canada – Contemporary Art in Ottawa

The National Gallery of Canada on Sussex Drive is near the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa. It is housed in a magnificent building designed by architect Moshe Safdie. The gigantic spider sculpture Maman by Louise Bourgeois is visible from a distance. The National Gallery of Canada opened in 1988 and the focus is Canadian art but there […]

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Public Art in Ottawa – Outdoor Gallery of Art in Streets and the River

Public Art in Ottawa – Outdoor Gallery of Art in Streets and the River

On my recent solo trip to Canada my favorite public art in Ottawa was the sculpture Maman by Louise Bourgeois. The giant spider stands in front of the National Gallery of Canada at 380 Sussex Drive. I first visited Maman on my way back from a tour of the Royal Canadian Mint and returned a second time when I viewed […]

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