6 Simple Actions to Protect Alberta’s Rocky Mountains

Overlooking the Milk River from a bluff at Poverty Rock

The Alberta Government continues to roll forward with changes to Alberta Parks. While they have conceded on some items and are now saying that no parks will be closed, there are still lots of questions the Government is not answering about their “partnerships. ” Keen-eyed reporters have also noticed that a handful of parks were mysteriously missing from the list of parks that “Won’t be closed”, and critical parts of Alberta’s environmental regulations are still being changed.  For instance, the UCP rescinded Alberta’s 1976 Coal policy and are now selling strip mining rights for coal on the Eastern Slopes of the Rocky Mountains.

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6 Great Winter Activities in Calgary

tobogganing - one of the great things to do in calgary in the winter

Looking for great winter activities to do in Calgary? There are so many great things to do in Calgary in the winter, and with the current pandemic and lockdown, everybody’s looking for ways to get out of their house and spend some time outdoors.  Those of us in Calgary are lucky to have the beautiful Rocky Mountains nearby, but sometimes you don’t want to spend a day driving and just need an easy activity within city limits.  Here are some great ideas for winter activities in Calgary!

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7 Beginner Cross-Country Ski Trails Near Calgary

Looking to get outdoors during the pandemic and curious about cross-country skiing?  Alberta boasts some fantastic cross-country skiing and most shops have been having a hard time keeping gear in stock this year.  So with that in mind, we’ve put together a list of some of the best beginner-friendly cross country ski trails near Calgary to ease you into the sport and help you get comfortable on your skis.

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About Cancelled Track-Setting in Kananaskis

west bragg creek

We don’t often get political here since above all else, this is a travel website. It’s meant to inspire people to get out and enjoy the world and if we help just one person have a delightful adventure, we’re happy. Now that the world is shuttered because of the pandemic, getting out and exploring your own backyard is more important than ever. So why then is the UCP government attacking Alberta’s Parks at the very moment that Alberta needs them the most? Continue reading “About Cancelled Track-Setting in Kananaskis”

16 Easy Bike Rides Near Calgary

Red Rock Canyon Parkway Waterton

Hello everyone, we are indeed alive! We have been taking some time away from writing about travel to a) follow the medical professionals’ advice and lie low and b) to do landscaping on our new house. As unexciting as that may be to some of you, it’s been great to have a project to keep us busy during these strange and trying times.

While we may have been busy staying close to home and this might be a bit late given the time of year, we couldn’t help but be encouraged by how many people took up cycling this year.  Most local bike shops were sold out, had long waitlists, and it was even hard to find a good used bike on Kijiji or Facebook Marketplace.  Cycling is an activity we have loved doing around Calgary for years so we’re happy to share some tips for easy bike rides near Calgary to get you dreaming about cycling next year when the snow is gone (or maybe even this winter if you’re a brave frost biker!)

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Travel to Bardia National Park in Nepal

Why is it that the best places are often the hardest ones to get to? Travelling to Bardia National Park in Nepal (sometimes spelled Bardiya) is no exception. It takes at least 15 hours to travel to Bardia by a gruelling and bumpy bus ride from Pokhara or 17 hours from Kathmandu. But it’s worth it, we promise! This is because Bardia is the natural home to majestic royal Bengal tigers where you may see them the way they are meant to be seen: wild and free.

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The Gates of Bardia National Park

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RTW Update – The Long Way Home

Elephant Nature Park

Wow, where to begin with this post? We have been in two different worlds and then, after over a year abroad, we finally made our way back home. From our last post where Thea hiked in the Himalaya and then we both chased tigers through Nepal’s remote terai region, we boarded a plane from Kathmandu to Bangkok for one last Asian stop before we would return to North America for the first time in 14 months.

Indeed the dream is coming to an end but not without some amazing adventures first so let’s recap!

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