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From almost as soon as I set foot on Canadian soil, I couldn’t believe it had taken me 28 years to visit. I spent my entire trip with my jaw hanging open at the spectacular scenery that got better at every turn…and at the myriad wildlife that seemed perfectly happy to pose for snap-happy tourists. It better not take me another 28 years to go back!


Chasing the Northern Lights in Jasper

I flipped the lights on and shook my mom. “Wake up!” I whispered, trying to get her attention without startling her. She slowly opened her eyes, squinting in the dim light of the hotel bedroom. “What?” she muttered. “The clouds are clearing. We need to go,” I said urgently. Somehow, we were all in the…

The Melting Majesty of the Athabasca Glacier

In my travels, I’ve always seemed to gravitate towards glaciers. If there’s an activity on or near a glacier, I’m there. I don’t know if it’s because the icy, harsh environment is so different from the one I am so used to (having spent most of my life living in the sub-tropical climates of Houston,…

Photo Essay: The Icefields Parkway in Black & White

Soaring mountaintops with hidden valleys filled with the unimaginably large icefields. Wide valleys filled with glacier-ground rocks and turquoise rivers rushing towards the next waterfall. Pine trees as far as the eye can see. All of these things are synonymous with Alberta’s Highway 93, which I’ll go out on a limb and say is one…

The Charm of Lake Louise

When many people think of the Canadian Rockies, Lake Louise jumps to the forefront of their mind. Its name is synonymous with ‘gorgeous lake with absolutely unreal colour’ — so much so that I’ll admit that this ignorant American often got Lake Louise confused with its nearby neighbour Moraine Lake up until a few years…

My 5 Favourite Things to Do in Banff Town in Summer

Summer in the Canadian Rockies seems to be all about three things: epic mountains, ice-cold rivers, and crystal clear lakes. Banff definitely has all three in spades, with the Rockies rising high all around the town, the Bow River running turquoise through its centre, and a number of lakes dotting the valleys nearby. I loved…

Standing High Above Banff On Top Of Sulphur Mountain

It’s often hard to get a real sense of scale in the valley between high mountain peaks. While still breathtakingly beautiful and outrageously tall, you only see the immediate mountains around you. Scale the top of a mountain peak and you’ll see a completely different world–one that is awesome in the true sense of the…

My 13 Best Photos of 2013

It’s the time of year that all bloggers start trotting out their “best of” posts to show off what they’ve been up to during the year. Since 2013 was quite an eventful year for me–one where I quit my job and travelled to 13 countries, only 4 of which I’d visited before–I felt that, of…

The Northern Lights: Photos vs. Reality

You’d be hard pressed finding someone who doesn’t have “see the who doesn’t have “see the northern lights”on their bucket list. I know it featured on mine for years, even though I’d never given much thought to how I would accomplish it. Because all of these people have, at some point, seen a photo of…

A Sprint to the Bow Summit & Peyto Lake

As a photographer, I felt like I almost knew the Canadian Rockies even before I’d been there for the first time. Banff National Park often features in the “most popular” lists of various photo-based social networks like 500px and Flickr–particularly its lakes. On our way north through Banff and along the Icefields Parkway, we’d missed…

Photo of the Week: Roaring Athabasca Falls

On Alberta’s Icefields Parkway, there is evidence of the eponymous icefields everywhere. If you can’t see a glacier perched precariously on a mountaintop, you’re sure to be able to see a glacier-fed river following the road or a brilliantly-coloured lake filling up the next valley over. It’s not surprising that travel publications like National Geographic…

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