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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Trekking the Rwenzori Mountains in the Rain

trekking the rwenzori mountains - some sunlight!
Even the most Zen of travellers knows that keeping your spirits up in bad weather can be challenging. Especially if you are cold and wet, physically tired, mentally exhausted, or experiencing any other common travel-related ailment. Yet more often than not there are hard-won views, memorable experiences or at the very least, an important lesson to learn to make continuing on worthwhile.  This was the case when we went trekking in the Rwenzori Mountains of Uganda…in the rain.

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Off the Beaten Track: Coconuts and Cycling in Zanzibar

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveller is unaware.” – Martin Buber

Travellers know this to be true: there is a special type of satisfaction that comes with feeling like you’ve “discovered” something. Zanzibar is famous for white sand beaches, calm clear waters featuring fishing boats with romantic white sales, and a lush countryside ripe for growing fragrant spices.

 

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First time SCUBA Diving? The Trick is to Keep Breathing

Scuba diving with a school of fish

Your first time scuba diving is both a nerve wracking and exciting experience.  What should you expect?  Is that first time scuba diving scary?    Is scuba diving hard?   Are you going to remember your training and how to scuba dive?    You’re taking your first breath underwater which is exhilarating, but also terrifying.

We had no idea what to expect when scuba diving for the first time.   We knew we wanted to see experience it and to see coral reefs, fish, and wildlife, but scuba itself?  Not a clue.  If you’ve stumbled upon this blog you’re in luck as this post will cover all of the scuba diving information for beginners that you’re looking for.

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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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