Kayaking in Antarctica: The Experience of a Lifetime

Kayaking in Antarctica

Kayaking in Antarctica is the ultimate bucket list item.  As lovers of adventure travel, when we found out that we had the opportunity to go sea kayaking in Antarctic waters on our expedition cruise we basically said “shut up and take my money”.  It’s probably one of the coolest, most badass things we’ve done in our lives.  Warning: this post may make you extremely jealous and cost you a lot of money when you decide to book an Antarctica Cruise.  You’ve been warned!

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Paddling the Milk River

While Alberta is famous for it’s Rocky Mountain vistas, paddling the Milk River is a lesser known but quintessential Albertan activity.  The southern badlands that the Milk River carves through form a unique landscape and a beautiful sight to behold, especially from the water.

The Milk River was named by Lewis and Clark who thought that the water resembled the colour of a teaspoon of milk dissolved in a cup of tea. The river begins in Montana, flows into southern Alberta along the town of Milk River and Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park, and then carves southward to Montana through the Sweetgrass Hills before eventually joining the Mississippi watershed, making it one of the only rivers in Canada to do so.

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Camping on Maligne Lake – Everything You Need to Know to Plan Your Trip!

View from Maligne Lake Coronet Campground

Camping on Maligne Lake is the ideal way to experience Spirit Island in Canada.  One of the most popular attractions in Jasper National Park, Spirit Island frequently lands on lists of the “Most Photographed Places in Canada”.  Tourists come to Canada from all over the world see this tiny island.  Set against a backdrop of turquoise water and surrounded by massive glacier-capped mountains, it’s hard to blame them.

Most opt for a 90-minute boat tour that drops you off at a viewpoint where you get a hurried 15 minutes to soak in the view and snap as many pictures as you can.  As we began researching it quickly became clear that not only was this an Alberta Bucket List destination but that the most Zen way to enjoy this world class sight would be to visit Maligne Lake as a canoe camping trip.  Really, what can compare to on the Maligne Lake backcountry and camping along the way?  No doing things the easy way in a tourist boat for us! Continue reading “Camping on Maligne Lake – Everything You Need to Know to Plan Your Trip!”

Water Bliss: A Guide for Planning your First Paddling Trip

Anyone who has ever travelled anywhere by water knows that it is can be both a tremendously exciting and relaxing way to experience the world. Nevertheless, these a paddling trip requires a lot of preparation which can be intimidating for newcomers to water sports. So in this post I will try to help you wade through the muddy waters of canoe and kayak trip planning. Continue reading “Water Bliss: A Guide for Planning your First Paddling Trip”

A Canoe Trip on the Red Deer River: Watching the River Flow

Canoe at dusk

One of our favourite peaceful summertime experiences is canoeing down a river. Studies show that being close to water improves your mood and health, and really what better way is there to spend a scorching hot summer day than by paddling down a peaceful river? With this in mind, Philip, my father and I embarked on a four day canoe trip on the Red Deer River to Drumheller.
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Surviving the Nile on a Kayak at Night

After testing my courage the day prior by trying to kayak through white water rapids on the Nile, I decided that I loved kayaking but wasn’t so sure about the paddling through rapids business. I debated between taking a sunset yoga class and renting a river kayak for a peaceful cruise at dusk. Having these options available to me is yet another reason why the Nile River Explorers camp at Bujagali Falls is such an incredible place.
 

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