Browsing All posts tagged under »Canada«

Joan Larsen: Let’s Run Away – Three Beautiful Places to Get Lost

February 15, 2017

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By Joan Larsen Let’s be honest here. It’s February – hearts and flowers time – and a reminder that the familiar theme –telling us that “love is in the air” –may well be bypassing us big time. Sure. . . if we are lucky, we have LOVE in our lives. But again, let’s be honest […]

Lauriate Roly Remembers: The Big… Balloon?… In the Sky

September 5, 2016

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Lauriate Roly recalls a strange phenomenon. By Lauriate Roly In 1952 I lived in the Town of Mount Royal, a sub-division of Montreal. I had just left home at about 8 o’clock in the morning for my drive to work. It was a lovely clear warm day. I drove a convertible in those days and […]

Joan Larsen’s Quest: North America’s Ultimate Escape – The Uncharted Wonders of the Bugaboos of British Columbia

August 31, 2016

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By Joan Larsen In the uncertain world that we find ourselves living in today, we find that we long for a change of scene – and yes, escape – a bit more often than we once did.  But travel can be costly.  .  .  and the last thing we want to do is arrive at […]

Wayne Ranney Experiences Life on the Edge: Hiking Vancouver Island’s West Coast Trail

July 20, 2016

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By Wayne Ranney   It is with delight – and a truly great sense of envy – that I want to introduce you to one of the great travel writers, author, and world traveler extraordinaire, Wayne Ranney.  We met – well, closer to home – as each of us can be found whitewater rafting the […]

Joan Larsen: Dipping Our Toes into Summer – the Dream that is Canada’s Vancouver Island

June 29, 2016

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by Joan Larsen   “Let the world go away” became our song this spring .  .  .  I am sure we all understand the feeling this year.  When summer arrived, we wanted to be “lost” in an idyllic destination that would feel as far from civilization as it possibly could.  And yet, yet, it could […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: Sleeping Among the Trees – Vacationing in the World’s Exotic Treehouses

May 25, 2016

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by Joan Larsen It was years ago when we first stepped outside our comfort zone while mountain climbing at Jackson Hole, Wyoming – finding ourselves  following a very tempting sign that promised hidden lodging high among the treetops of a forest.  The stairs upward?  Many more than you would believe.  But the experience of sleeping […]

Joan Larsen Walks on the Wild Side… The World’s Most Spectacular Footbridges

February 24, 2016

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by Joan Larsen First things first:  nobody has fallen off this scary looking bridge.  .  . and it is the only way to get to the other side as you are here to climb Mt. Nimbus – that gorgeous peak rising like a point just ahead.  The Canadian Rockies – in the western part of […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: Ready, Set, Snow! – The Old World Charms of Quebec City

December 9, 2015

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By Joan Larsen We’re dreaming of a white Christmas. Streets banked with that glistening white stuff, beautifully highlighted by festive holiday decorations, quaint little markets for that one-of-a-kind gift shopping that will make you the most remembered Santa on earth. Quebec exudes Old World charm, yet it is enticingly close to home. You are going […]

Joan Larsen Encore: Sailing to the Top of the World

June 10, 2015

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By Joan Larsen There are very few untouched wildernesses remaining in our world today.  Even as a quite young child, my dream was to explore the most remote islands I could find on our globe.  The High Canadian Arctic – until lately – remained isolated islands, mostly inaccessible with their nearly year-round ice.  It was […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: North America’s Ultimate Escape – The Uncharted Wonders of the Bugaboos of British Columbia

April 22, 2015

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By Joan Larsen My helicopter has landed. . . and with that first step into a world completely unknown to most humans, I could find no words that could express the feelings of beauty – beauty that seemed to stretch to the heavens no matter in which direction I looked. What was this feeling I […]

Joan Larsen: Let’s Run Away – Three Beautiful Places to Get Lost

February 4, 2015

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By Joan Larsen Let’s be honest here. It’s February – hearts and flowers time – and a reminder that the familiar theme –telling us that “love is in the air” –may well be bypassing us big time. Sure. . . if we are lucky, we have LOVE in our lives. But again, let’s be honest […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: Defying Gravity – Nature’s Acrobats

January 21, 2015

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By Joan Larsen   As my family climbed in the Canadian Rockies last year, clinging to what turned out to be sheer rock faces, finding ourselves in places where no one wanted to look down – all of us were “stunned” – and more – that we luckily had been so sure-footed and made it […]

Joan Larsen’s Best Life-Changing Trip of 2014: The Rocky Mountaineer

April 9, 2014

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By Joan Larsen The tantalizing call of “All aboard,” chimed by the conductor at Vancouver’s Pacific Central Station had us scurrying down the platform toward the sharply-uniformed train staff, waiting to warmly welcome us aboard “The Rocky Mountaineer”.   Yes, we have always heard about “Classic Rail Journeys” but not in my wildest dreams did I […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: Sailing to the Top of the World

September 18, 2013

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By Joan Larsen There are very few untouched wildernesses remaining in our world today.  Even as a quite young child, my dream was to explore the most remote islands I could find on our globe.  The High Canadian Arctic – until lately – remained isolated islands, mostly inaccessible with their nearly year-round ice.  It was […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: Jewels of Western Canada

August 14, 2013

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The walking is easy in Banff’s Johnston Canyon. By Joan Larsen   The black mother bear, strolling along the Bow River Parkway in the Canadian Rockies in early morning, obviously knew she “owned” this beautiful wooded territory.  Unafraid of two adventurers driving her way — whose hearts leaped with joy at the sighting – she […]

Market Day

July 25, 2013

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By Lauriate Roly Probably No Big Deal In NYC – But Amazing In Belleville. There were two things I wanted at the farmer’s market to-day, so I got up early to go there before the torrid zone heat set in again. I quickly found what I wanted: corn on the cob, and a watermelon. The […]

Joan Larsen Encore: On the Road in the Canadian Rockies – Close Encounters With the Rutting Elk

May 29, 2013

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By Joan Larsen Showered with a world full of bad news, to me it seems – more than ever before – we need a special change of scene.  Speaking for myself – but, I expect for just about everyone – I want to once again know that there lies a most beautiful world not that […]

The Big… Balloon?… In the Sky

May 14, 2013

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Lauriate Roly recalls a strange phenomenon. By Lauriate Roly In 1952 I lived in the Town of Mount Royal, a sub-division of Montreal. I had just left home at about 8 o’clock in the morning for my drive to work. It was a lovely clear warm day. I drove a convertible in those days and […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel Stories: On the Road in the Canadian Rockies: Close Encounters With the Rutting Elk

September 26, 2012

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By Joan Larsen The shriek started off like the creak of a rusty hinge and shifted to a cross between a whistle and a screaming jazz horn – with the volume set on 11.  A group of geese hurried into the air, scared skyward.  We almost levitated, too, the first time we heard it. It […]