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Grotto Canyon Unique Canmore Hike in Kananaskis Country

Grotto Canyon Unique Canmore Hike in Kananaskis Country

Grotto Canyon trail in Kananaskis Country, near Canmore Alberta, is unique in several ways including the pictographs on the canyon wall. I might have missed the rock paintings but another hiker pointed out the general location earlier along the hike. The trailhead to Grotto Canyon hike is on the left side of the parking lot. […]

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Valley of the Five Lakes Trail Best Easy Hike Jasper National Park

Valley of the Five Lakes Trail Best Easy Hike Jasper National Park

Valley of the Five Lakes trail offers five stunningly beautiful glacier lakes in one easy hike at Jasper National Park. Imagine five pristine lakes in shades of glistening emerald green to brilliant turquoise blue. A peaceful setting in the Canadian Rockies, surrounded by forest. Feast your eyes on some of nature’s most magnificent work in […]

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Burntcoat Head Park Highest Fastest Tides in the World

Burntcoat Head Park Highest Fastest Tides in the World

Lucky visitors to Burntcoat Head Park at the Bay of Fundy Nova Scotia get to experience something truly remarkable, the highest tides in the world. In the space of around six hours you go from walking on the ocean floor at low tide to seeing 160 BILLION tons of water at high tide. The tidal […]

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Walton Lighthouse Nova Scotia – Last Original in Hants County

Walton Lighthouse Nova Scotia – Last Original in Hants County

Walton Lighthouse is the only remaining original lighthouse in Hants County Nova Scotia and it’s worthy of a visit. While filling time in between low and high tides at Bay of Fundy I drove to the Walton Lighthouse to learn about its history. Afterwards I enjoyed a tasty seafood lunch at the Walton Pub, then […]

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Epic Canada Road Trip Driving Across Country in 6 Days

Epic Canada Road Trip Driving Across Country in 6 Days

Who wants to spend 50 hours driving across Canada in one week? In August I did just that. I drove 50 hours from Calgary Alberta to Bridgewater Nova Scotia in only 6 days. Solo. I know, I could fly there so much faster. But then I wouldn’t have my car. And my stuff. And the […]

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St Augustine FL Beaches Which is BEST? Shells Surf Fishing Turtles

St Augustine FL Beaches Which is BEST? Shells Surf Fishing Turtles

How did I choose St Augustine, with all these beautiful beaches nearby, to be my home for a whole month? When I searched for a warm climate in the United States for my November road trip from Maine I found the extraordinarily beautiful St Augustine on the northeast Atlantic coast. This town is overflowing with […]

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Bow Summit Peyto Lake Hike Icefields Parkway Banff

Bow Summit Peyto Lake Hike Icefields Parkway Banff

Peyto Lake hike to the upper lookout trail at Bow Summit along the Icefields Parkway is the best place to view Peyto Lake. Skip past the tourists at the viewing platforms and do Bow Summit hike instead. I’ve seen Peyto in sunshine, gusting winds, drizzling rain, and through snowflakes or sleet. Peyto is unmistakable for […]

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40 Great Gopher Tortoise Facts – Fun Funny True Tortoise Information

40 Great Gopher Tortoise Facts – Fun Funny True Tortoise Information

Gopher Tortoise Florida USA You may find them meandering in all 67 counties of Florida, along the roadside, in people’s yards, parks, or even along the beach. The gopher tortoise is Florida’s official state tortoise and there is a day dedicated to this beloved gentle reptile. The Governor of Florida signed a proclamation for Florida Gopher […]

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Camden Maine Hiking Ocean Lookout Trail with Fall Foliage

Camden Maine Hiking Ocean Lookout Trail with Fall Foliage

Looking for Camden Maine hiking trails I found Camden Hills State Park and picked a beautiful autumn day to hike the Megunticook Ocean Lookout Trail. Camden Maine is a beauty of a town along mid-coast Maine and I was fortunate to stay in nearby Northport for a few weeks from late September to mid-October. For many […]

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Hirtle’s Beach Gaff Point Trail Nova Scotia Best Coastal Hike

Hirtle’s Beach Gaff Point Trail Nova Scotia Best Coastal Hike

Hirtle’s Beach Gaff Point hike is my favorite hike in Nova Scotia. So far. A return trip to Nova Scotia is necessary to hike more of this glorious Maritimes province. During a month staying in Bridgewater Nova Scotia I visited many of the South Shore beaches, along with trips to Annapolis Royal, Bay of Fundy, Blue […]

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Grassi Lakes Canmore Hike in Alberta’s Kananaskis Country

Grassi Lakes Canmore Hike in Alberta’s Kananaskis Country

Grassi Lakes is a beautiful Kananaskis hike with views of Canmore, a gorgeous waterfall, and two stunning aquamarine glacial lakes. There are two trails leading to the lakes. One is steeper and more difficult while the other trail is on a gravel road with gradual incline but lacking the views. If you are new to […]

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Amazing Blue Rocks Nova Scotia Sea Kayaking Experience of a Lifetime

Amazing Blue Rocks Nova Scotia Sea Kayaking Experience of a Lifetime

Nova Scotia sea kayaking is an adventure of a lifetime! Out of all my east coast outings, the kayaking at Blue Rocks Nova Scotia, near Lunenburg, stands out as one of my favorite trips. I’m not going to lie, paddling in the open sea was equal parts exhilarating and scary at first. The beautiful thing […]

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