The largest non-polar icefield in the world is divided between the USA and Canada and carved up into four national parks: Glacier Bay NP and Wrangell-St.Elias NP in the USA; and, Tatshenshini-Alsek NP (British Columbia) and Kluane NP (Yukon) in Canada. Combined, as formed by nature, these four parks are considered to be an outstanding … Continue reading

Granduc Road Beyond Salmon Glacier

The drive north from Hyder runs along the easternmost edge of the Tongass National Forest. The Tongass, established in 1907, is the largest National Forest in the United States with 16.7 million designated acres, most of it temperate rain forest. The Tongass encompasses most of the Southeast Alaska “Panhandle,” an archipelago that includes, in addition … Continue reading

The Milepost

The Milepost

We departed Bellingham, Washington, yesterday morning on our way to Alaska! Getting an early start, we headed north through the farmlands of Whatcom County (below, top left) to the border crossing into Canada at Sumas (top right). Once in British Columbia at Abbotsford, we took Highway 1 up the Fraser River valley to Hope where … Continue reading

Larch March

After such a strenuous hike on Saturday, we decided to take the day off from outdoor activities and drive down to the hot springs in Banff to soak our weary legs and sore feet. The naturally heated spring water is maintained at 100ºF and has a very slight sulphur odor. Very refreshing – and in … Continue reading

Elk Cetera

On Wednesday, it snowed, as predicted. But, while we were expecting snow, we weren’t counting on this much – nearly a foot! Wednesday was definitely not a day for hiking, so we decided to drive out to the Miette Hot Springs, about an hour to the east on the road to Edmonton. The snowstorm intensified. … Continue reading

Maligne Canyon

On our drive out to Jasper, the “low battery” light went on. Diagnostics on Tuesday showed that our chassis batteries needed to be replaced. Fortunately, there’s a NAPA auto parts store in Jasper where I was able to get the exact pair of batteries we needed, replacing the old ones in the RV without incident … Continue reading

Winter is Coming

We headed out for our last RV trip of the year in mid-September, bound for the Canadian Rocky Mountains – specifically, Jasper National Park in Alberta Province. Jasper National Park was founded in 1907 and named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984, together with the other Canadian national parks of the Rockies: Banff; Yoho; … Continue reading


After leaving Cluxewe following our Grizzly Bear excursion, we spent an entire day driving to the opposite end of Vancouver Island, just south of Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, to Pedder Bay. We wanted to be close enough to Victoria to make a day trip there, but far enough away to be out of … Continue reading


The ferry to Alert Bay leaves from Port McNeill on Vancouver Island several times each day. Its typical route is: Port McNeill to Alert Bay; return to Port McNeill; Port McNeill to Sointula; return to Port McNeill. Rinse, repeat. But if, like Dale, you do your research, you can buy a single round-trip ticket to … Continue reading


The Kwakwaka’wakw people, also known as the Kwakiutl, are the indigenous people of northern Vancouver Island. In the U.S.A., we would call these people “Indians” or “Native Americans,” but in Canada, they are collectively referred to as the people of the First Nations. The term Indian here (according to the Canadian Encyclopedia) is “considered outdated … Continue reading


The forecast for this Memorial Day weekend on Vancouver Island is warm and sunny, in the high 70s. Of course, Memorial Day finds its origins in the American Civil War, so it’s not an observed holiday here in Canada; lucky for us, since that means it won’t be a busy holiday weekend. With temperatures expected … Continue reading

Go Long

The wind died down slightly overnight, although the surf continued, due to the fact that the wave action along this coast is mostly from swells, rather than being generated by local winds. After lunch, we headed back down to Long Beach to walk its length. As soon as we walked out on the beach we … Continue reading

Tree Hugger

After spending a couple hours watching the surfers, we decided to head back to the car for an off-road drive to the Norm Godfrey Nature Trail near the northwest end of Kennedy Lake, six miles on logging roads. This nature trail boardwalk through an old-growth forest is not in any of the guidebooks or tourist … Continue reading