On this day: Emerald Lake, British Columbia, Canada

See more from my On This Day series here, where I celebrate travel memories on their trip anniversaries. On September 1, 2017, I was at Emerald Lake, British Columbia. My friend and I were wrapping up our one week Western Canada hiking trip with Randonee Tours, which had taken us through Banff National Park in Alberta…

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My UNESCO World Heritage checklist

When the UNESCO World Heritage list was first published in 1978, there were only 12 places included. Since its inception, the list has now grown to encompass over 1000 sites worldwide, identified as places on Earth that are of outstanding value to humanity in terms of cultural, historical, or scientific significance. The UNESCO designation confers…

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Snowshoeing in Hope, British Columbia

We are supposedly well into spring but there have been snow flurries everyday since this weekend. What is going on?! Since we are still in a winter mood, I figure that I can get away with writing a blog post about a winter activity. In the recent post about my favourite outdoor spots in Vancouver,…

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Surviving the short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Since my last post, we have moved onto the Amazon jungle portion of our travels in Peru. It took me a few days to get a strong enough WiFi signal out here to upload my photos, so here is the belated recap of our short Inca Trail experience! The classic Inca Trail hike requires 4…

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Along the Mekong to Luang Prabang

Today’s forecast: 37ยฐC, very smoky ๐Ÿ”ฅ Mosquito bite tally: 7 Saying goodbye to Pakbeng We woke up early this morning after an interesting evening, to continue onward with our slow boat cruise down the Mekong. We had breakfast at a bakery down near the docks, overlooking the river. We had been told that the elephant…

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Las Vegas with a side of Grand Canyon

Las Vegas. This city is a mix of glamour and seediness; a place for fun but where you probably would not want to stay for an extended period of time. I’ve visited for a couple short breaks, most recently last October when I tagged along with Mr. Chuckles on his conference trip. The new: Las…

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Majestic mountains in western Canada

I‘ve been to a fair share of exotic destinations with beautiful landscapes, but sometimes I forget that the most awe-inspiring sights I’ve seen are right here in my home country of Canada. A couple summers ago, I was in Alberta for a wedding, and my friend and I extended our vacation out west with a…

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Gorilla trekking and other adventures in Uganda

Another part of my retrospective series. On my second trip to Africa in 2017, I capped off my trip with a visit to Uganda. My friend and I were referred to a great local tour operator named Explore Uganda with Dan, who arranged a private customized 5 day tour for us, the highlight of which…

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Looking back (and up) at Mount Kilimanjaro

Continuing on with my retrospective series, I thought I’d recap the second part of my first trip to Tanzania. After a few days in Zanzibar and a two week volunteer mission, I finished off my Tanzanian adventure with a day hike to base camp of Mount Kilimanjaro. Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa,…

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