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The driving tour of the Icefield Parkway starts in Lake Louise.Leaving the exceptional Columbia Icefields and Athabasca Glacier, the Icefield Parkway drives past superb glacier and mountain vistas to two impressive waterfalls. The first, named after from local word for turbulent waters is Sunwapta Falls where glacial ice-melt veers sharply and powers through a narrow cleft in the rock to ....Continue Reading >>
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The journey along the Icefield Parkway starts here.Less than five kilometres into Jasper National Park along the Icefield Parkway is the highlight of the entire scenic stretch. As a remnant of the last ice age covering 325 square kilometres and depths of up to 350 metres, Columbia Icefield is preserved by cold temperatures, higher elevation and lots of snow. Sandwiched among some of the ....Continue Reading >>
The 230 kilometres of Icefield Parkway curls its way along the spine of the Rockies. Connecting the tiny gem of Lake Louise with its famed chateau and glorious lakes and the ski town and national park of Jasper, the road teems with gushing waterfalls, stunning mountain vistas of craggy peaks and vividly coloured glacial lakes. Every bend seemingly unveils a stunning new view as the road connects ....Continue Reading >>
Just south of the superb Rockies national parks, Canmore acts as a popular gateway to the spectacular sights of Banff, Jasper, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks. South of Canmore is Kananaskis Country – a sprawling area of provincial parks, outdoor recreation, mountains and wilderness.Far less travelled than its famous neighbouring national parks, Kananaskis Country is a worthwhile diversion ....Continue Reading >>
With its rugged landscapes, wildlife, a towering waterfall, fascinating fossil beds, numerous walking trails and aquamarine lakes, Yoho National Park is a less visited gem sandwiched between Kootenay National Park and Lake Louise. Named for the Cree term for amazement, Yoho makes for a wonderful one day excursion through the western slopes of the Rockies.As if marking the entrance to the ....Continue Reading >>
One of New Zealand’s finest drives is the Southern Scenic Route, a quiet, meandering road through national parks and tiny villages that encapsulates the best of New Zealand’s natural scenery. Marked by a maroon triangular sign with stylised “S”, the highlight section traverses the little travelled Catlins, a pockmarked coastal path connecting Invercargill and Dunedin. Glittering rugged ....Continue Reading >>
While it is only the third best way of arriving at Milford Sound (hiking the Milford Track or arriving by boat win hands down for the two most rewarding), the 120 km drive from the touristy township of Te Anau to Milford is a world class highly scenic drive highlighting the dramatic scale and natural beauty of this World Heritage-listed area.With a strong recommendation to hit the road early, the ....Continue Reading >>
From spectacular Fox Glacier, the west coast ribbon of highway called SH6 continues it relentless but scenic route south. Sticking to a coastline that boasts superb vistas (such as Knights Point Lookout), the road curls its way to the strange town of Haast which despite a population of only a few hundred is broken into three distinct settlements several kilometres apart.Through stunning (and World ....Continue Reading >>
The day is foul – a wind howls across the point resisted by only the hardiest of scrubby bushes and toughened grasses. Surf pounds relentlessly into the west coast’s limestone cliffs and volcanic beaches. Brooding dark seas merge into the pewter grey clouds blurring any idea of a horizon, a lonely characterless lighthouse warning all things marine to steer a careful path around this treacherous ....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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