What Clothes to Wear in the Great Bear Rainforest Packing List

An ivory-colored Kermode "Spirit" bear standing in a stream in British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest hunting for salmon

Nothing is worse than going to an amazing destination like Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest only to realize you didn’t pack the right clothes to wear. A good packing list can make the difference between a great vacation and life raining on your parade, but no worries. I’ve put together just what you need. What is […]

Perfect 1, 2, and 3-Day Vancouver Itineraries

Boats and the vancouver City Skyline from the marina

Whether you’re laying over or enjoying a well-deserved holiday, Vancouver never disappoints. A Day-by-Day Guide to Exploring Vancouver Story and Photos by Carolyn B. Heller If you like urban explorations mixed with time outdoors, Vancouver is your place. Western Canada’s largest city hugs the Pacific Ocean, with sandy beaches right downtown. The forested North Shore […]

Explore the Great Bear Rainforest Home of the “Spirit” Bear on a Small Ship Cruise

A breathtaking view of a small tender cruising on a rainy day on a lake surrounded by mountains and fog in the BC Rainforest

Wisdom from the First Nations “Ask the Grandfathers to help you,” said Old Hands with a crooked smile. I struggle with his suggestion. “Won’t it seem kind of selfish?”  The elder Shoshone Medicine Man thinks a moment. “Tell them you want to take pictures of our animals so others will be inspired to protect them,” he […]

17 Awesome Things To Do In Churchill Manitoba

A group of visitors sitting in kayaks in Churchill, Manitoba Canada

Situated on the remote southwestern shore of Hudson Bay in Canada’s subarctic, is Churchill, Manitoba, population 900, give or take (50% indigenous). Surrounded by hundreds of miles of rugged wilderness, the only way to get to Churchill is through the capital of Winnipeg by plane, or endure a 40-hour train ride. Why should you care about this remote hole-in-the-wall […]

The Ultimate Guide to Polar Bear Tours in Churchill Manitoba

Polar bear walking in the snow

When you think of polar bears, does Churchill, Manitoba come to mind? Never heard of it? You’re not alone. It’s a small, remote hole-in-the-wall town in north-eastern Canada, but for polar bears it’s the cat’s meow. The tiny hamlet (population 900) is one of the best places in the world to see the white behemoths […]

Great Things to Do in Canada’s Wonderful Winnipeg

The exterior of the Canadian Museum of Human Rights

I asked guest writer Meera Dattani to share some of her favorite things to do in Canada’s little-known, and highly underrated city of Winnipeg. The capital of Manitoba Province, it’s exciting, and one of the most culturally diverse in the country. Winnipeg is best known as the gateway for travelers visiting the Province’s famous polar […]

Don’t Miss Churchill’s Astonishing Beluga Whale Migration

Beluga whale swimming in the Churchill River

Astonished, I am overcome with excitement. Following me is nearly a dozen snow-white beluga whales close enough to touch. As a rule, boats must stay at least 50 meters from cetaceans, but evidently, the belugas have no such regulations about humans, and I couldn’t be happier. When we set out, Lazy Bear Expeditions guide Jason Ransom […]

Don’t Miss Dog Sledding in Whitehorse Yukon

Dogs running in Canada as if in the greatest dog sled race in the world.

It was mid-morning when we arrived at Sky High Mountain Ranch for our dog-sledding adventure in Whitehorse Yukon about 20 minutes from downtown. A sea of magnificent pines bordered a large lake shining silver in the sunlight. Everything glistened topped with four inches of freshly fallen snow as if straight out of a fairytale. We […]

The Thrill of Canada’s only Walking Polar Bear Safari

She’s walking straight at us. Her long, powerful strides putting her well within the 50 meters (164-foot) safety range. Even if I could run, what’s the point?  She could outpace me in seconds. I look down the line of fellow photographers to where Andy McPhearson and Rob Watson, two of our three Churchill Wild guides, […]

Chasing the Northern Lights from Above and Below

Chasing the Northern Lights from Above and Below-8691

On a recent trip to Manitoba and the Yukon in Canada, I saw the Aurora borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, from two very different vantage points: On the ground at a remote fly in lodge on Hudson Bay (home of many a polar bear), and from the air with the inaugural flight of […]