Jasper National Park & Town

Approaching Jasper we spotted some Elk in a field on the side of the road. Renee walked over to get a better photo, not too close but the inquisitive male Elk wondered over to her briefly before continuing to munch on the grass. It was all non-aggressive and Renee enjoyed the encounter. Later however we […]

Driving the Icefields Parkway

From Lake Louise up to Jasper we followed the Icefields Parkway. A road which had been described to us as one of the most ‘awe inspiring roads ever’. A windy road up through the Canadian Rocky Mountains. It sure was spectacular but also unfortunately created the photographing dilemma of when to stop and take pictures […]

Athabasca Glacier by Icefield Explorer

Through my ‘local’ status in Banff we managed to get great rates for a ride on the Icefields Explorer. The tour involved a commentated ride on a normal bus to the start of the Athabasca Glacier where we changed transport to the big Icefield Explorer. Custom-made for the tour and costing over one million dollars […]

Snowshoeing Bow Lake

Continuing on from Lake Louise we took the Icefields Parkway up to Bow Lake where I managed to convince Renee to give my snow shoes a try before we ran out of snow. So while Renee lightly treaded on top of the snow with snow shoes attached to plastic bag covered sneakers I trudged, occasionally […]

A Quick Stop in Lake Louise

For me, leaving the town of Banff where I had resided for close to five months was the moment that our Great North American Road Trip begun. Although I’d been skiing up Lake Louise numerous times before this was the symbolic start to our journey. We took the scenic Bow Valley Parkway, a road I’d never […]

Renee’s Arrival in Banff

Renee came from New Zealand with the expectation she was flying into the Northern Hemisphere summer, but after getting over her initial surprise of finding snow still covering most of Banff she enjoyed the uniqueness of the area. From waking up and spotting deer outside my window to our gondola ride up Sulfur Mountain our […]

Fun in the Snow – Banff, Lake Louise, Fernie, Revelstoke, Sun Peaks, Castle & Couch Surfers

Living in Banff during the winter can certainly be fun. Despite summer being the ‘busy’ season, winter offers downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding of course, tobogganing and plenty of other excitement. If you’re planning a ski holiday, or heading to snowy paradise this winter for relaxation and the possibility of snow sports be aware […]

Banff – A Little Canadian Mountain Town

Early December to End of April Having spent close to five months in this little mountain town I thought I should share some thoughts on Banff. On the positives Banff is relatively small with a nice main street lined with plenty of bars, restaurants and cafes; as well as retail stores and gift shops (If […]