Canada Archive

Paddling the South Saskatchewan River: Old Bindloss Ferry to Estuary

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP Disclosure: This post may contain Affiliate Links. Close encounter of the rattler kind and storm of the sesquicentennial behind us – Ma Nature went all out with a noisy and bright light show for Canada’s 150th – we launched two canoes and a single kayak at an old ferry site on

Path of the Paddle: Canoeing Bowron Lakes

At first glance, my notebook tells a rather negative tale of wind and rain and mud-sucking portages. A closer look suggests that canoeing the twelve lake, 116.4 kilometre (72 mile) Bowron Lakes Canoe Circuit might just be for the birds. Did I mention I like birds? The world-renowned canoe circuit is home to loons,

Barkerville, B.C. – A Grave History

Written by: Megan Kopp At its peak in the 1860s, the gold mining town of Barkerville, B.C. was the biggest thing west of Chicago and north of San Francisco. The ghost town today sees a mere fraction of the number of people that once clomped along the wooden sidewalks off Williams Creek in the foothills

What a Rush: Barkerville, B.C.

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP Most people have heard of the California ‘49ers. Many know of the Klondike stampeders heading up to the Yukon in 1898. But what about the gold fever surrounding Barkerville, British Columbia? It lies smack dab in the middle of the western gold rush timeline. Connecting to the Past I have three

Hiking the Chilkoot Trail: Historic Gear Checklists

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP Posted in one of the cooking shelters at Sheep Camp, we found a sheet of paper with historic packing list suggestions for men and women planning to hike the Chilkoot Trail through Alaska, British Columbia and the Yukon. Read the lists below and – after you research to learn that oakum is

Hiking the Chilkoot Trail: Dyea to Lindeman Lake Section

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP It was dubbed the World’s Longest Museum. Overloaded and frantic to reach the goldfields near Dawson City in the Yukon, Canada, the stampeders of 1897-98 abandoned much of their gear along the Chilkoot Trail – especially during the first 41 km (26 mi) of the trail from Dyea, Alaska to Lindeman

Exploring the Past at Mount Robson Provincial Park

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP It’s Canada’s 150th in 2017. What better time to celebrate our country’s past than now?   British Columbia’s Mount Robson is a blast to my past Many years ago – who’s counting? –  I spent a summer working on a youth crew in Mount Robson Provincial Park, B.C.. We did a little trail work and

A Journey Close to Home: Glenbow Ranch

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP “A wise traveler never despises his own country.” Carlo Goldoni Some historical journeys are shorter than others. Just off the highway near our home town, down a winding gravel road, is a piece of the past called Glenbow Ranch. In a meadow beside a river called the Bow is a weathered grey

A Writer, A Club, and a Hut

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP One of our favourite Alpine Club of Canada (ACC) Huts is the Elizabeth Parker Hut – a little log cabin in a pristine meadow near Lake O’Hara, British Columbia. A Jewel of a Hut With an unsurpassed setting, piles of the white stuff, and stellar night skies – Elizabeth Parker Hut