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Canadians flock to road bike Tucson, Arizona

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TUCSON, Arizona – When I head down south to the states I cannot get enough of road biking in the desert the Arizona desert.

Unlike here in Alberta, Arizona is very bike frielndly, blessed with what seems like unlimited roads with wide shoulders and/or low trafficked roads.  Do stay away from the geriatric drivers as they can be unpredictable.

Cycling Arizona and the wild west

Cycling Arizona and the wild west

I just got back from a press trip sponsored by Bike Tucson AZ. We biked over 120 kilometers from Amado, Arizona to Sasabe on the Mexican border. I savored the windy road to an old west style coffee shop, rubbing elbows with ranchers carrying guns in the their holsters  – just like the days of the wild west.

Click here for to view my ride!

Golf and Wine Come Together On Okanagan Classic Chip & Sip

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KELOWNA – British Columbia – Canada – I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one out there who loves fine wine and golf, especially when it’s served up in one of the most beautiful wilderness areas in North America. The Okanagan Classic Chip & Sip in Kelowna, BC recently caught my eye on BCGOLF.Travel and its definitely one of the best stay and play golf packages in British Columbia that I have seen. What could be better than enjoying wine tasting and golf in Western Canada?

A Great BC Wine and Golf Package

British Columbia is becoming a top wine tasting destination in Western Canada, and without a doubt the Okanagan Valley offers its best golf and wine vacations. On this BC stay and play golf tour you’ll enjoy “terrific wines and exceptional golfing amidst the natural beauty of Kelowna, BC,” says Charlie Higgins, a golf enthusiast and wine lover who lives in Okanagan Valley. Guests will enjoy world-class golf at some of British Columbia’s top golf courses like Gallagher’s Canyon Golf Course, Okanagan Bear and Quail Golf Course.

 

Wine Tasting Experience In Okanagan Valley

How about few glasses of wine to finish off your day of top-notch BC golf? The Okanagan Classic Chip & Sip golf package not only lets you play great golf, it also brings you to some of the best vineyards in Okanagan Valley, BC. Guests will enjoy an afternoon vineyard tour followed by and exceptional wine dinner accompanied by carefully selected wine pairings. There’s no better way to experience golf and wine in British Columbia!

Looking for more information about Okanagan Classic Chip & Sip? Call Golf Canadas West at 877-323-3633 or click here for their web site.

Sky To Sky Invitational Named Top BC Golf Stay and Play

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VICTORIA – British Columbia – Canada – If your idea of fun and relaxation is playing multiple rounds of golf surrounded by incredible mountain scenery, the Sky To Sky Invitational golf package in Victoria, BC is just what your looking for. BCGOLF.travel recently named this stay and play trip one of the best golf vacations in British Columbia, and it’s no wonder. “The Sky To Sky Invitational offers a great golf trip in Western Canada,” says Charlie Higgins, an avid golfer and longtime resident of Victoria, BC.

Your Next BC Golf Experience Awaits!

Golf in Victoria, British Columbia has never been better, and the Sky To Sky Invitational stay and play package gives you everything you need to experience one of North America’s best golf destinations. On this luxurious golf vacation you’ll play rounds of golf at Olympic View and Arbutus Ridge near Vancouver, BC. These are two of the best golf courses in Western Canada, hands down.

4-Day Golf Vacation In Victoria, British ColumbiaArbutus Ridge Golf and Country Club – Vancouver, BC, Canada

This 4-day 5-night BC golf trip features world-class accommodations at some of the best hotels near Victoria in the heart of British Columbia. Your best hotel options include Hotel Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe, Westin Bear Mountain, Fairmont Empress and Arbutus Inn, all considered great places for stay and play golf in British Columbia. The trip also includes ferry service to and from Vancouver Island.

Looking for more information about the Sky To Sky Invitational golf trip? Call Golf Canadas West at 877-323-3633 or click here for their web site.

BC Golf Alliance Ranks Kootenay Pass Open Best Golf Package

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INVERMERE – British Columbia – Canada – For a while now I’ve been on the lookout for a great British Columbia golf package that includes world-class golf and gorgeous Western Canada scenery. The Kootenay Pass Open mentioned on BCGOLF.Travel is definitely the best BC stay and play golf vacation I have seen. This outstanding BC golf trip features luxury accommodations and top-notch golf in an amazing natural setting. What more could you ask for?

Best of BC Golf: Kootenay Pass Open

This spectacular BC stay and play vacation offers, “great rounds of golf in a spectacular mountain setting,” according to Charlie Higgins, a longtime resident of Invermere, BC and avid golfer. Participants get the chance to play golf at the impressive Panorama Mountain Village home of Greywolf Golf Course in Invermere, British Columbia. This BC golf experience also features a few rounds at nearby Eagle Ranch Resort golf course in the heart of British Columbia.

Great Golf Accommodation in British Columbia

Guests of the Kootenay Pass Open in Invermere, BC will stay at the luxurious Panorama Mountain Village and Falcon Crest Lodge. These fabulous hotels give you great access to championship golf near Kootenay Pass, BC. The tip includes 5 nights of accommodations and four rounds a great BC golf.

Looking for more information about Kootenay Pass Open? Call Golf Canadas West at 877-323-3633 or click here for their web site.

BC Golf Alliance Says Golf & Rail Canada Package Is Tops

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WHISTLER – British Columbia – Canada – British Columbia has become one of the best golf destinations in North America due to its long golf season, incredible scenery and world-class golf courses. What better way to enjoy amazing BC golf and experience the beauty of the mountains than with a BC golf and rail tour? I found the Golf & Rail Canada Package on BCGOLF.Travel, one of the best sources on the web for BC golf info that I’ve found. This two-day golf adventure brings you to some of the best courses in Western Canada.

Best BC Golf Stay and Play Packages

There’s nothing like playing rounds of championship golf surrounded by unspoiled natural beauty. Golf & Rail Canada brings you to British Columbia’s top golf courses, including Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club and Whistler Golf Club in Whistler, BC. There you’ll experience the unique character and challenges of these award-winning golf courses in Western Canada. This trip also includes rounds at golf courses near Banff National Park, like Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Club and Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Club in Jasper, Alberta.

A Unique Golf Experience In British Columbia

Guests on this marvelous BC golf vacation board the famous Rocky Mountaineer railway surrounded by spectacular scenery. Along the way they’ll experience luxury accommodations in British Columbia, enjoy fine dining and plenty of great shopping opportunities on their BC golf package. Along these historic rail routes you’ll learn about the unique story of the land and its incredible topography. Sightings of bears, eagles, elk and other majestic animals are not uncommon.

Looking for more information about Golf & Rail Canada? Call Golf Canadas West at 877-323-3633 or click here for their web site.

 

Winter wolf photography in Jasper

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For those of you that are interested in finding wolves to photograph this winter, there are few better places in Canada to begin your search than in Jasper National Park.  Jasper is renowned for its wolves and 7 different wolf packs in and around Jasper use and cross roads during the winter season.

Wild wolf on the Athabasca River in Jasper National Park

Wild wolf on the Athabasca River in Jasper National Park

One of my favourite spots to look for wolves is along the river on Highway 16 in either direction from Jasper.  For more specific locations and tips on where to find wolves to photograph in and around Jasper, feel free to check out my guide to Where to Photograph Wildlife on the Icefields Parkway in Banff and Jasper National Parks.

Happy shooting!

John

Photographing Larches at Lake O’Hara in Yoho

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One of the premier places to photograph landscapes in the Canadian Rockies is in the spectacular alpine environs of Lake O’Hara in Yoho National Park, half an hour’s drive from world renowned Lake Louise in Banff National Park.  Access to this natural wonderland of emerald lakes, snow-capped peaks and stunning vistas is via bus with Parks Canada, at which point you can either stay in the lodge, the Alpine Club of Canada hut, or the campground.

Lake O’Hara is a favourite fall photography spot of mine because of the beautiful forests of larch trees that turn gold each autumn, lighting up the landscape even further for nature photography buffs.  A short hour-long hike from the lake can get a photographer up on to the Opabin Plateau in time for sunrise amid the larches, a truly magical experience for a landscape photographer!

Opabin Plateau in Lake O'Hara, Yoho National Park

Opabin Plateau in Lake O’Hara, Yoho National Park

Expect to book this trip at least a few weeks in advance, so if you have missed this year’s prime time (late September to early October — see our post from last fall about autumn photography in the Canadian Rockies), then aim for 2013.

Happy shooting!

John

Mystérieuse montagne Castle <>, Parc National Banff

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Montagne Castle Chateau, Parc National Banff

Levez les yeux et se sentir petit dans le visage de Montagne Chateau du parc national Banff

La montagne Castle « Château » est la plus remarquable des façades verticales extrêmement large sur la route transcanadienne, situé dans le Parc National de Banff. La forme massive de la montagne avec ses détails délicats de roche calcaire et de dolomite rend cette montagne exclusive. Pendant le lever ou le coucher du soleil, ou avec une toile de fond d’un ciel bleu clair. La vue de la montagne apparaît beaucoup plus dramatique.

Cette photo a été prise dans l`autobus sur le chemin du retour à Lake Louise. Ma passion pour la photographie me permet d’apprécier encore plus ce lieu ou j `habite. Pour plus d’informations, veuillez communiquer avec Parcs Canada, ou tout centre de visiteurs dans les Rocheuses canadiennes.

Partageons la planète avec la même intention: une qualité de vie en bonne santé.

Mysterious Castle Mountain in Banff National Park, Alberta

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Castle Mountain, Banff National Park

Look Up and Feel Small in the Face of Castle Mountain in Banff National Park

Castle Mountain is one of the most outstanding mountains on the Trans-Canada highway in Banff National Park. The massive shape of the mountain with its delicate detail of limestone and dolomite rock makes this mountain exclusive. The vertical and extremely wide face of Castle Mountain seems that much more dramatic during sunset, sunrise or with a backdrop of a bright blue sky.

This picture was taken from the bus while on my way back to Lake Louise, where there are many hiking, rafting and sightseeing opportunities available. My passion for photography helps me appreciate even more this place I call home.

Let us protect the planet together with the same intention: a healthy quality of life.

Vues incroyables du mont Assiniboine dans les Rocheuses Canadiennes

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Incroyable Mont Assiniboine: Le grand écart sur ​​la Colombie-Britannique-frontière de l’Alberta

Randonnée pédestre à la base du Mont Assiniboine était un rêve pour moi. Le sentier des permis beaucoup de belles vues. Il y a une authentique cabane située à la base de la montagne qui a été difficile à atteindre. Le gain d’altitude n’est pas un facteur, mais c’est une longue randonnée en. Si vous vous sentez comme vous voulez visiter le lieu sans aucun effort physique, vous pouvez voler en par hélicoptère puis randonnée autour du pic.

J’appelle cette image particulière de lumière du matin. Avec le lac de glacier tellement calm et le ciel tellement coloré, j’ai vraiment apprécié mon temps plongé dans ce paysage fantastique à la base du Mont Assiniboine. Ce paradis fait partie d’un trésor de l’UNESCO.