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Postcards from Kananaskis.

Every year, as the calendar flips from August to September, the flow of tourism that descends upon Canada’s natural wonders retreats back to urban comfort. As the wild returns to the wilderness, so do I for my annual shoulder season adventure. This has become an annual pilgramage for me over the years. With all the wildfires that have been tearing through western Canada this year, my plans were more fluid than usual…and by fluid, I mean that backcountry plan after…

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  • DeniseOctober 29, 2017 - 4:54 pm

    Beautiful! I would love to experience the wild the way you do one day David.ReplyCancel

Canada’s wild places and us.

Hiking in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

Every time I find myself returning home to Canada, I am awed by the vast open spaces we have here. Every. Single. Time. The contrast with the high human density common in most other places around the world is stark, and this uniquely shapes both the land and all of us creatures who call Canada home.

Even today, in our modern world, the word Canada conjures up strong images in our minds of expansive landscapes. In this there is a shared…

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  • DanielJune 30, 2017 - 12:59 pm

    Well said David. I admit I was originally really excited about the free park passes this year, but after the initial excitement wore off I feel the same as you.ReplyCancel

Life Behind Bars – Part 3: Friendly territory around the Salish Sea.

(continued from Part 2: Four corners of the Haida Gwaii by bicycle)

Ferries provide access all the way down British Columbia’s otherwise inaccessible coast.  From the Haida Gwaii, this was the peaceful expressway to access southern British Columbia without making a huge diversion inland.  Port Hardy, at the northern tip of Vancouver Island, was the port of arrival for the push to southern Vancouver Island and ultimately Vancouver, and it was also where…

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  • Allison StorsethMarch 29, 2017 - 8:37 pm

    Enjoyed reading! Thanks for sharing David 🙂ReplyCancel

  • KareniaMarch 30, 2017 - 4:00 am

    It is such a treat to be able to get a full sense of your travels through pics and words, balanced out with the stories we share on our wanders 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Mark ReimerMarch 30, 2017 - 11:57 am

    Looks great Dave!! I’m heading out to Vancouver Island in a week for a little tour on my bicycle, but sadly I only have under a week. Still, this photos are getting me even more excited.ReplyCancel

    • DavidMarch 30, 2017 - 4:06 pm

      Have a great adventure out west Mark – short and sweet is still sweet! 😀ReplyCancel

Northern summer in Churchill

When we hear a reference to “the north” an image of windswept tundra blanketed by snow and ice immediately rises to mind.  That, or maybe Santa Claus.  Even in the high arctic though, summer does arrive; the land takes on a very different look than that which we imagine and attracts seasonal animals that travel great distances to get there.

This past August I witnessed the brief northern summer for the first time with my own eyes and, of course, …

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  • SusanNovember 12, 2016 - 11:39 am

    Beautiful series. I just got home from Churchill myself and now (in November) it’s hard to believe it’s the the same place you’ve pictured here. I want to go in the summer now too…ReplyCancel

  • Angie RickwaltJanuary 9, 2017 - 6:12 pm

    Lovely photos! I’m looking to go in August of this year. Can you suggest any guides to use?

    Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • DavidJanuary 10, 2017 - 2:57 pm

      Hello Angie! Thanks for the message.

      In summertime there are less guided options than in other seasons, but I’m happy to say that the two major expedition companies operating out of the town itself at this time of year are both very good. Check out Sea North Tours for getting out on the water or Frontiers North for accessing the tundra with a buggy. Private guided options are always available if you have the desire and means, but I would start with the group options to get a taste.

      Have a great trip!ReplyCancel

Life behind bars – Part 1: Solo in the Canadian Rockies.

This dream began in January of 2015: that is, to travel western Canada by bicycle.  I didn’t know where it came from; I had always been into cycling, but never like this.  The ultimate destination was one that has been on my radar for a while: the remote island of the Haida Gwaii (previously known as the Queen Charlotte Islands).  Travelling this way however is so much more than a destination – it is a serious journey, and filling in the route there and back …

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  • Wayne SmithJune 16, 2016 - 10:24 pm

    Loved the picture of Amigo.
    Nice writeup and great pics.ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay Marie MulhollandJune 17, 2016 - 11:20 am

    You are so inspiring! Following your journey re-defined “vacations” for me, and planted seeds of new life goals 🙂 Thank you for exisitng – thank you for being youReplyCancel

  • Courtney Rae JonesJune 17, 2016 - 12:16 pm

    Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • DavidJune 17, 2016 - 12:21 pm

    Thanks for sharing Lindsay! It makes me happy to hear that you found it inspiring – that’s one of the main reasons I picked up a camera in the first place; that is, to inspire people to get outside and embrace life. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Joey SenftJune 17, 2016 - 3:17 pm

    Wow this is awesome David!ReplyCancel

  • CandiceJune 17, 2016 - 5:07 pm

    Wonderful story-telling! I’m looking forward to part 2!ReplyCancel