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 . . .
Moving to Alberta as an outsider can lead to a bit of an internal struggle. The image of Alberta as Canada’s “Wasteland” can be hard to ignore. East of the Rockies, the province seems to become a land of oil and industry, energy-obsessed and conservative. However, the move to Edmonton may bring you . . .
A few weeks ago, I loaded up a rental car and drove three hours southwest to Banff National Park. Driving in Alberta is a unique experience that happens in stages. Driving south from Edmonton, the landscape moves from commercial and industrial, gradually to rolling plains and agricultural land. . . .
Knee deep in snow is not how I imagined my birthday weekend would turn out. A year ago today I was on Haeundae Beach in Busan, South Korea. Today, I am cursing the ice and snow in Jasper National Park that threatens my weekend ambitions and abolishes any plans of hiking the trail today. . . .