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Named after a heroic British nurse who aided prisoners-of-war escape Belgium, the craggy beauty of Mt Edith Cavell (3,363 metres) stands proudly overlooking Jasper. Sadly a German spy tricked her into assisting him where Cavell was promptly arrested and sentenced to death for treason.Today a bumpy, precarious 14 kilometre road leads from the main highway and around 45 minutes later ....Continue Reading >>
by Caroline SimpsonWhen you exit through the west door of Montreal’s Jean-Talon metro station, when you walk away from the main road and wonder in the residential streets, you find yourself in one of the nicest parts of town. Houses are well kept, colorful, clean and stylish: You can tell that people take pride in their property. There are numerous cafés – some of them, rumor has it, serving ....Continue Reading >>
In late spring, Canada is awash with spectacular wildflowers. ....Continue Reading >>
The delightful arrow shaped town of Jasper is surrounded by glacial lakes. A meandering road through the rolling hills leads to two of the prettiest – Patricia and Pyramid Lakes. With a backdrop of snow-capped mountains, surrounded by thickets of Douglas fir and with crystal clear waters, today the two lakes make for idyllic picnic locations with panoramic vistas but during World War II, ....Continue Reading >>
Wandering the northern climes of Canada, visitors may be greeted by mysterious stone figures or inukshuk. Recently a symbol of the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games (2010) and used by the Inuit people for many hundreds of years, many temporary ones are seen around scenic areas as an acknowledgement of the beauty of nature. Each inukshuk feels like it has its own character with the shape, colour and style ....Continue Reading >>
Seeking clear days to visit mountains can be one of the most frustrating travel experiences. Souvenir shops are lined with alluring photographs and postcards of the mountain in all its glory yet annoying clouds cover the peak on your visit.Just west of Jasper National Park, Mount Robson towers almost 4,000 metres, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Peering across a grassy meadow ....Continue Reading >>
This week's travel photo is a homage to Canada's Hoary Marmots which were regularly sighted on a recent trip through the Rockies and Alaska. I adore their expressive faces, extroverted character and confidence near a camera. Here's a few favourites from a large number of snapshots from locations such as The Whistlers in Jasper and Mt Roberts in Juneau. Enjoy! ....Continue Reading >>
With the announcements and sounds of an airport (the trips are called flights) and an informative commentary from the conductor (pilot?), it is only a seven minute journey on Canada’s longest and highest guided aerial tramway for superb vistas of Jasper. From the top station (or is that arrival lounge?), passengers are treated to panoramic views of Jasper’s numerous lakes, six mountain ranges, ....Continue Reading >>
As Canada laid an early railway line in the 19th century between Jasper and Prince Rupert on Canada's west coast, the owners purchased two fine Haida Indian totem poles to symbolise the original indigenous land holders. This superb Raven Totem Pole stood 12 metres high in central Jasper near the railway station for nearly 100 years until old age and weathering took its toll on the finely carved ....Continue Reading >>
With its glistening glacial waters and snow-capped Rockies peaks, Maligne Lake is one of the highlights of any Canadian visit. Following the Maligne River almost 50 kilometres from Jasper, past the narrow depths of Maligne Canyon and the mysterious disappearing Medicine Lake, the road terminates at the lake.A haven for hikers (especially the famed multi-day Skyline Trail) and canoeists, ....Continue Reading >>
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My name is Mark and I’m a keen traveller. In fact, over the last 25 years, I’ve travelled to every continent and over 80 countries. This blog is about the most memorable destinations – the places I regard as the travel wonders of the world. I’m also a keen photographer, and have taken nearly all the photos you’ll see. During my travels, I’ve met some incredible people, seen inspiring places, viewed extraordinary wildlife and scenery and had some amazing experiences, and I’m writing these stories not only to entertain but primarily to inspire others to discover their own travel wonders.

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