Smoke and Mirrors

Sadly, we were nearly out of time. Our visit to Banff and Jasper had taken our breath away, and now becomes the benchmark by which all future destinations will be judged. Fortunately, our farewell tour followed the Icefields Parkway from Jasper to Banff, and continued down the Banff-Windermere Parkway to Radium Hot Springs--our last Canadian…Read more Smoke and Mirrors

Valley of the Five Lakes

Clouds to the right of us... ...and clouds to the left of us... ...left us completely surrounded by clouds. Now we had to figure out what to do on such an overcast day. Park cognoscenti suggested a popular destination showcasing five distinctly different alpine lakes--each with its own signature green hue. I was hooked. With…Read more Valley of the Five Lakes


The Icefields Parkway represents the spine of Banff and Jasper National Parks. It runs a crooked line astride the Continental Divide for 140 miles between Lake Louise and the town of Jasper--rising and falling, twisting and turning--as it follows rugged mountain vertebrae, verdant river veins, alpine organs of opalescent waters, and at the heart of…Read more H2O-2-GO

Banff Is My New Bff

I really missed being in the mountains, and eagerly anticipated the rush of crossing into the Canadian Rockies. After a month of wandering through American and Canadian prairies, Leah and I were more than ready for a change in scenery, but it came with a dose of anxiety. British Columbia was on fire at several…Read more Banff Is My New Bff

Way Back in the Day

On the recommendation of a film school buddy who's been Canadian all his life, we doubled back east of Calgary to tour the Red Deer River Valley, hitting many of the Badlands hot-spots before immersing ourselves in Drumheller dino-madness. We drove for nearly two hours along prairie roads, wondering when the landscape would eventually change…Read more Way Back in the Day

Back in the Day

Taming the Canadian Wild West required spirit, courage and resolve. Throw in the railroad, the missionaries, and the Mounted Police, and Calgary soon took shape along the banks of the Bow River. A visit to Heritage Park in Calgary... retells the history through a fully recreated settlement of restored buildings occupied by staff members dressed…Read more Back in the Day