Historic personalities 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

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

Ireland’s Hill of Tara

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP Ireland’s Hill of Tara. For the life of me, I don’t know where I first heard about it. It could have been mentioned in a book or covered in a documentary. All I know is that while visiting Dublin, I wanted to learn more. What better place to start than a museum

Ireland’s Trim Castle

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP Trim – the word sounds precise, with little excess. Trim Castle – on the River Boyne – is just the opposite. It is the largest Normandy castle in Ireland. Historic stone structures always draw my attention and Trim was no exception. We had to stop and take a look. Arriving too late in the

Getting to Know Guinness: Going to the Source in Dublin, Ireland

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP You can’t go to Dublin and not have a pint of Guinness. It would be like going to Italy and not eating pasta or visiting California’s Napa Valley and not having a sip of wine. St. Jame’s Gate I decided my first taste of the dark brew should be as close to the

First Time Visit to Guadalajara, Mexico

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP Disclosure: This post contains Affiliate Links. “Are you sure it’s safe?” That’s the first question people asked us when we said we were heading through Guadalajara. We were travelling by bus from Mexico’s Pacific Coast. There are no guarantees of safety on any trip. While that may be true, we felt completely comfortable

Pipe Springs National Monument

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP Travelling from St. George, Utah to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona, we were looking for a place to pull over to make lunch when we saw a sign for Pipe Spring National Monument. Washrooms and maybe a picnic table – perfect! We didn’t know anything about the site, but