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Understanding Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

Understanding Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

For nearly 6,000 years the native people of the North American plains hunted buffalo. They did this without horses, guns or even bows. Instead, they enticed the animals to jump off a steep cliff to … Read entire article »

Niagara Falls tops the list…sorry!

Niagara Falls tops the list…sorry!

Antonina Grinchenko was Barbara Reinhardus’ interpreter in the Ukraine many years ago and since then she has heard a great deal about Canada, Barbara’s country. This summer Antonina came to Canada as Barbara’s guest and … 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 »

Galle and the south coast of Sri Lanka

Galle and the south coast of Sri Lanka

Many Europeans travel to the south coast of Sri Lanka for the sun, sea and sand and it’s easy to understand why. The stretch of beaches is almost endless and the Indian Ocean is not … Read entire article »

Suzhou, the city of gardens and the Grand Canal, China

Suzhou, the city of gardens and the Grand Canal, China

Suzhou is situated on Lake Tai in the Lower Yangtze Basin, just 66 km (41 mi) from Shanghai. It has long been one of China’s richest cities. The Grand Canal, which starts in Beijing and is … 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 »

A safari in Yala and Bundala National Parks, Sri Lanka

A safari in Yala and Bundala National Parks, Sri Lanka

I was all excited about going on a safari in Sri Lanka because it would be a first for me. Sure, it wouldn’t be like going on one in Africa because  they don’t have the … Read entire article »

How three young Canadian women travelled around Colombia

How three young Canadian women travelled around Colombia

Stephanie Jack and her friends Bridget and Sharon recently travelled around Colombia. At the top of their to-see list were Bogota, the coffee belt, Cartagena and the Amazon. Q: How did you travel around the country? A: After some … Read entire article »

Should I buy a winter cottage in Merida, Yucatan?

Should I buy a winter cottage in Merida, Yucatan?

Quite a few Canadians own a summer cottage, usually a place by a lake that they open up on the long weekend in May and close down on Labour Day weekend in September. I’ve had … Read entire article »

Isla Mujeres, Mexico, revisited

Isla Mujeres, Mexico, revisited

I first visited Isla Mujeres 10 years ago and really liked the place. It’s a small island off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, 10km north of Cancun. Isla (as the locals call it) and its better-known neighbour … Read entire article »

The surprising Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan

The surprising Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan

Celestun is a fishing village 96 km southwest of Merida on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. It’s known for its seafood restaurants and for the flamingos that go there during the fall and winter to … Read entire article »

Yellowstone, America’s most beloved park

Yellowstone, America’s most beloved park

The first national park in the United States as well as in the world was Yellowstone National Park. Almost 3 million visitors go there every year. It’s huge—over 2 million acres with 5 different entrances. … Read entire article »

Night watchers in the Sri Lankan jungle

Night watchers in the Sri Lankan jungle

I never thought too much about elephants until I visited Sri Lanka. Like I never thought I’d meet up with a wild one when I was just driving down a road. But on my second … Read entire article »

A special place called Newfoundland

A special place called Newfoundland

If you look at a map of Canada you’ll see a very large island sitting just off the most eastern coast. That island is Newfoundland and it, along with a section of the mainland called … Read entire article »

Kuala Lumpur’s Petronas Towers: A symbol of Islamic architecture?

Kuala Lumpur’s Petronas Towers: A symbol of Islamic architecture?

I was visiting Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, a multicultural country with the majority population being Muslim. I assumed Kuala Lumpur would be a conservative city, one that would keep its assets under cover, … Read entire article »

Christmas in Vegas with the girls

Christmas in Vegas with the girls

I never could imagine me spending Christmas in Las Vegas and staying at the same hotel as Prince Harry and Oprah. That’s the Harry who is third in line to the British throne and was … 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 »

Prambanan Temple, a huge Hindu complex in Java

Prambanan Temple, a huge Hindu complex in Java

Java is the most populous island in Indonesia and the majority of people there now practice Islam. At one time, however, Buddhism and Hinduism were widespread and there are two temples on the island that … Read entire article »

On to the Grand Canyon

On to the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon, which lies in the state of Arizona in the USA, is considered to be one of the natural wonders of the world. Cheryl and Tom Sunter, Canadian ‘snowbirds’, visit it almost yearly … Read entire article »

Having a mud bath in a volcano in Colombia

Having a mud bath in a volcano in Colombia

Stephanie Jack and her friends Bridget and Sharon visited Colombia in January and had lots of interesting adventures including this day at the Mud Volcano Totumo. Before I went on a vacation to Colombia my friend … Read entire article »

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