Shoulder Season in the Canadian Rockies

With Banff National Park growing in popularity over the years there are few times to visit the iconic vistas within the National Park without being elbow to elbow with other visitors. One of the best times to avoid the crowds is the lull between the summer hiking rush and the winter skiing frenzy. Although the weather can be unpredictable I have composed some of my favourite places to eat, sleep and things to do in Banff National Park in-between adventures.

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Seven days in the Dolomites

I visited the Dolomites in the summer of 2017 for the first time. We had two nights and three days and it poured rain the entire time. By the end of the trip my body was composed primarily of pizza and cappuccinos. It was one of the best trips of my life. I contemplated moving to northern Italy after those three days (I still toy with this idea every so often) and so when fate would have me back in Europe, I was determined to re-visit this place that I fell in love with and visit the things that time constrained on my previous visit.

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Roadtripping Through Switzerland

A few months ago I was offered the opportunity to visit one of my favourite countries in the world and spend a week road tripping across the Swiss countryside as the autumn colours set in. After an amazing summer hiking in my backyard I was growing antsy and did not hesitate before saying yes to this opportunity.

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Seven Fall Hikes in Washington State

Growing up I never understood the allure of autumn - it simply marked the end of my favourite season. The days grow shorter at an alarming rate, the foliage is dying and falling off of the trees and, if you’re like me and live in the Canadian Rockies, the first snowfall of the year can come before summer is even over. It was not until I moved to the east coast when I was 18 that I had my first real autumn. I watched as the leaves ever so slowly shifted from their summer green to vibrant reds, oranges and yellows. I was invited on a weekend of apple picking in the valley with good friends and we carved pumpkins a warm evening under a harvest moon. I know this sounds too idyllic to be true - but isn’t that how all first loves are remembered?

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Bear 101

Born and raised in the Foothills of the Canadian Rockies, I always believed that bear safety was as engrained in my life as if it were a pamphlet stapled to the back of my birth certificate. It has seemed second nature, intuitive to coexist with wildlife in the wilderness with a deep sense of both respect and reverence, and just enough fear you keep you alert.

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