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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

Machu Picchu’s Story in Stone

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP Disclosure: This post may contain Affiliate Links. Sitting in the Vilcabamba mountain range of Peru, perched high above the Vilcanota River, is a sacred place. They call it Machu Picchu. Viewed from above it looks like a great bird – like a condor –  turning in full flight. Up close, it

The Wild Side of Machu Picchu

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP Disclosure: This post may contain Affiliate Links. Machu Picchu – architectural wonder, Inca monument, historic gem. All are fitting descriptions for this fortress carved of stone, but I’m going to detour for a moment and take you along for a walk on Machu Picchu’s wild side. Discovering Machu Picchu’s Wild Things

Exploring Northern Spain: Hiking Urkiola

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP Disclosure: This post contains Affiliate Links. Hikers look for parks and natural spaces to explore wherever they go – and we are no exception. Pulling out the map, we spied Urkiola Natural Park, in the heart of Basque Country just south of Durango in northern Spain. A quick internet search unearthed hiking

Exploring Northern Spain: The Painted Caves of Cantabria

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP Disclosure: This post contains Affiliate Links. Cave paintings – they are history, art and exploration all rolled into one sweet package. How could we come to northern Spain and not check out some of their painted caves? First up, the star of northern Spain’s painted caves – Altamira.   The Cave

Exploring Northern Spain: Fuente De

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP Disclosure: This post contains Affiliate Links. Zipping up close to 700 metres (2300 feet) without breaking a sweat sounds like heaven. Indeed, the cable car at Fuente Dé is a little slice of bliss. Exploring the hiking trails of Picos de Europa in Northern Spain just got a whole lot easier!

Exploring Northern Spain: Cares Gorge

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP Disclosure: This post contains Affiliate Links. More than 500 workers carved over 70 tunnels to carry water from Cain to Poncebos for a hydroelectric project. The project started in 1915 and was finished in 1921. Eleven workers died. Of course we didn’t know any of this when we started out. All

Picos de Europa: Spain’s First National Park

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP Disclosure: This post contains Affiliate Links. For me, the thought of travel to northern Spain was always about hiking the Camino de Santiago. That was always the goal. While it’s good to have a goal, some trips have a way of morphing from an original idea to something even better than

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