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Bucket List for Kids: White water rafting in the Rockies

Bucket List for Kids: White water rafting in the Rockies

Is white water rafting scary? It depends in large part on the rapids. Rapids rated class 1 are little more than moving water, probably not too exciting. With class 2 rapids there are splashy waves. … Read entire article »

The Golden Orb and other creatures in Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

The Golden Orb and other creatures in Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

Why would Kathie Lee, a modern Canadian mom, want to visit an old growth wet forest in Central America? Because of the bugs! Q: Corcovado National Park is rather remote, in the very south of Costa Rica. … Read entire article »

Hiking the Berg Lake Trail in the shadow of Mt. Robson, British Columbia

Hiking the Berg Lake Trail in the shadow of Mt. Robson, British Columbia

Andrew Sunter and his 7-year-old son Aidan hiked the world-renowned Berg Lake Trail around Mt. Robson this summer. The trail brings you to the foot of Mt. Robson (3954 m), a “big mountain with big … Read entire article »

Seven days in Bhutan

Seven days in Bhutan

Ron Perrier, a Canadian retiree committed to seeing the world, visited Bhutan in late 2013. Bhutan, the last remaining Buddhist Kingdom, is perched high in the Himalayas in South Asia. Travel within the country must … Read entire article »

A mountain climbing experience of a lifetime (even if you’re a newbie)

A mountain climbing experience of a lifetime (even if you’re a newbie)

Every summer since 1906 the Alpine Club of Canada has held a general mountaineering camp (the GMC), usually in the mountains of British Columbia. Last summer Andrew Sunter participated in the camp that was held … Read entire article »

Trekking in the legendary Nam Ha National Protected Area, Laos

Trekking in the legendary Nam Ha National Protected Area, Laos

Ron Perrier, a Canadian who is travelling the world, recently made his way to Luang Namtha in northern Laos, the starting point for the “trekking mecca of Southeast Asia”. The border crossing from Chiang Khong, … Read entire article »

Crypt Lake, Waterton Park: 1st class day hike (even with kids)

Crypt Lake, Waterton Park: 1st class day hike (even with kids)

Erin and Andrew Sunter, along with their children Aidan (age 6) and Parker (age 3), hiked the Crypt Lake trail in Waterton Lakes National Park on the Canada-USA border. It is one of the most … Read entire article »

Canoeing in Algonquin Park, Canada

Canoeing in Algonquin Park, Canada

Algonquin Park was Ontario’s first provincial park, established in 1893 as a wildlife sanctuary. Today it’s best known for the more than 2000 km of canoe routes that run through it. My (then) husband was introduced … Read entire article »

Riding a hot-air balloon over Cappadocia, Turkey

Riding a hot-air balloon over Cappadocia, Turkey

The Cappadocia region of Turkey is best known for its unique moon-like landscape covered with volcanic cones, underground cities and early Christian churches carved out of soft stone. Jessica Sunter and Ian Knight spent a … Read entire article »

Hiking Valle de Cocoro, Colombia in rubber boots

Hiking Valle de Cocoro, Colombia in rubber boots

The Valle de Cocoro (Cocoro Valley) and the nearby town of Salento are two of the most popular tourist destinations in Colombia. The valley is part of Los Nevados National Natural Park. Stephanie Jack travelled … Read entire article »

How not to hike the Tiger Leaping Gorge

How not to hike the Tiger Leaping Gorge

The Tiger Leaping Gorge in northern Yunnan is considered to be one of China’s best hikes. Foreigners have been trekking it since the 1980s although few Chinese do. I was travelling on my own and … Read entire article »

You’re never too old to start snorkeling

You’re never too old to start snorkeling

There’s this resort town on the east coast of Bali called Candidasa, a place the Lonely Planet describes as “slouching into idle age”. The book goes on to say that the “relaxed ambiance and sweeping … Read entire article »

Why backpackers are dying in Vang Vieng, Laos

Why backpackers are dying in Vang Vieng, Laos

A 19-year old Australian tourist went missing while tubing down the Xong River on January 23 and it took three days for his body to be found in the deep part of the river. His … Read entire article »

David Thompson Highway: Hidden gem in the Rockies

David Thompson Highway: Hidden gem in the Rockies

The David Thompson Highway is described as “one of the finest drives in Canada”. It is a gateway to the Rockies yet few people know about it. Andrew Sunter came upon it during a weeklong … Read entire article »

Patagonia: The remote tip of South America

Patagonia: The remote tip of South America

Patagonia is famous for its unpredictable weather, its winds, some of the best treks in the world, its granite peaks, glacial lakes and much more. Joyce Sinclair and her husband Bill decided to spend some … Read entire article »

Four days in a jeep to the Salt Flats in Bolivia

Four days in a jeep to the Salt Flats in Bolivia

Vanessa Kohut travelled for 2 ½ months in South America and she has really great memories of the four day circuit to the Salt Flats. Bolivia really surprised me. It can be a tough country to … Read entire article »

Croatia: Sailing the jewel of the Adriatic

Croatia: Sailing the jewel of the Adriatic

Sue Landreville and her husband Mike are enthusiastic sailors from Canada. They joined friends on their boat in the Caribbean and it was such a great experience that they decided to sail in a foreign destination once again.  Croatia offered what … Read entire article »

Antarctica: Penguins and Icebergs

Antarctica: Penguins and Icebergs

Joyce Sinclair and her husband travelled to Antarctica to see its wildlife and rugged landscape. My husband Bill and I went to Antarctica in January. To get  there we first took a two hour flight from … Read entire article »

Catching the wave in Playa Nosara, Costa Rica

Catching the wave in Playa Nosara, Costa Rica

Stephanie Jack spent 5 days at Playa Nosara learning to surf and finally was able to catch the wave. On a trip to Costa Rica in February, I decided to spend a few days surfing. … Read entire article »

Biking in Vietnam from the mountains to the coast

Biking in Vietnam from the mountains to the coast

Dalat is nestled in the mountains of Vietnam and Nha Trang is a coastal town. Stephanie Jack decided that biking down the mountain would be an interesting way to get from one town to the … Read entire article »

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