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Flagship of the Rockies: Lake O’Hara to Abbot Pass Hut

Flagship of the Rockies: Lake O’Hara to Abbot Pass Hut

Andrew Sunter spent the weekend hiking, scrambling and climbing in one of the most beautiful places in the Canadian Rockies. The area around Lake O’Hara in Yoho National Park, British Columbia is probably one of the best places to hike in the world. The hikes in this area are endless. Climbing is excellent as well, with a mixture of rock and alpine routes. Aside from being absolutely beautiful, access to this area is restricted which means you … Read entire article »

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A changing Cuba

A changing Cuba

Cuba is a fascinating destination, particularly if you travel beyond the all-inclusive tourist hotels.  It is the largest of the Caribbean islands, located just 145 km south of Florida. Most foreign tourists go there for the hot weather and spectacular beaches. I went to Cuba to visit my daughter, Jessica, who was studying for a semester at the University of Havana. Jessica was there with 20 other students from Dalhousie University in Canada as part of their … Read entire article »

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Wagah Ceremony: Closing the border between Pakistan and India

Wagah Ceremony: Closing the border between Pakistan and India

At sunset each day there is a rather extravagant ceremony to close the border between India and Pakistan at Wagah. The village of Wagah was divided in 1947 when India was split into two countries. Gerrit Reinhardus, his wife Barbara (who was working in Pakistan at the time) and two of her colleagues caught a ride in a tuk tuk to check it out. The ceremony is really a 45 minute, flag waving occasion when the … Read entire article »

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Should we take the ‘road of death’ to the Amazon?

Should we take the ‘road of death’ to the Amazon?

The ‘road of death’ (aka the North Yungas Road) has been called the world’s most dangerous highway. It starts in La Paz, Bolivia (the world’s highest capital city) and winds down to the Amazon, dropping 3600 metres (11,800 ft) in just 64 km (40 miles). Should Alison Payne and her boyfriend take it or go by plane? Not an easy decision. We wanted to get to the town of Rurrenabaque, which is the gateway town … Read entire article »

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Why travel: Because I have a year off and can go around the world

Why travel: Because I have a year off and can go around the world

I was a teacher and decided to enrol in a program where my salary was reduced by 20 percent for 5 years but year five I had off with pay. There were no firm plans when I did this. I thought I could use the year to go back to university for my Masters degree, have a baby (but there was no man currently in my life), or travel around the world. I first decided to … Read entire article »

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A day with elephants in Chiang Mai photo gallery

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A day with elephants in Chiang Mai, Thailand

A day with elephants in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Have you ever considered spending time with elephants on a remote reserve north of Chiang Mai, Thailand? Stephanie Jack did just that. I’ve always liked elephants and since I was planning my first trip to Thailand I decided to go to an elephant reserve. Not the kind of place where you ride around on the elephants, but one where the experience for the elephant is the top priority. The Elephant Nature Park north of Chiang Mai … Read entire article »

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30 bears and counting photo gallery

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30 bears and counting in Canada’s north

30 bears and counting in Canada’s north

Matthew Reinhardus needed a break from his regular life to think about his future. Matthew does his best thinking while driving. So he decided to take a road trip, an 18,890 km one.   I headed west out of Ottawa in search of wildlife, scenery and solitude. At Riding Mountain National Park in Manitoba I ran smack into wildlife. I had stopped at a lookout and was walking around looking at some buffalo (it’s a buffalo … Read entire article »

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China: Looking back

China: Looking back

There have been profound economic and social changes in China over the past few years and a much improved tourist infrastructure is now in place. Not so long ago it was a challenge to travel in China and Charlotte Fanjoy, who was there for five weeks in 1987, recorded her impressions through verse. Culture shock If I can handle this, I can handle anything Crowds and crowds and crowds Nothing familiar: not clothes, or language, or food, or … Read entire article »

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Western Cape photo gallery

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Family travel

Family travel

Editorial: Travel is something we often do with members of our family and these trips provide special moments to share forever. Many of you are probably on a road trip with family right now so we thought we would give this issue of ‘Riding the buses’ a family focus. There is an article about a father and son driving in Canada’s north just weeks before the son is to marry and another about a husband and wife … Read entire article »

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