Once upon a time, the continents of Africa and North America got up close and personal with one another. So close, in fact, that they collided, forcing the earth's mantle to push up through the crust and form a bare red mountain landscape that looks quite out of place in Gros Morne National . . .
As the second-largest country in the world (geographically), and with a population of just 35-million, Canada has a lot of open space. Given its size, it's also incredibly diverse. Canada has an enormous offering of hiking options, and hiking in Canada is attracting more and more travellers to . . .
"You're staying in the field, so we should let you know about the grizzly," the park ranger says as he hands us a couple of brochures about keeping a "bare" campsite. It turns out that it's calving season for the elk here, and the elk love to hang out in the field where we're staying. This is . . .
When I moved out west, the mountains were a big factor in the decision. Knowing that you can escape for a weekend to a place of sandstone and shale, snow caps and glaciers, expanses of evergreen, bears and deer, is enough to cure any working-day doldrums (that's the first time I've ever used that . . .
Somewhere along the way, I became somewhat of a national park collector. That's not to say that I'm opposed to other parks: state, provincial, municipal. But, I know that national parks are a reliable bet for sampling the-best-of-the-best landscapes during short stopovers in particular areas. With . . .