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 The term Indian here (according to the Canadian Encyclopedia) is “considered outdated … Continue reading