How to See Churchill’s Incredible 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 whales, 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, […]

Dog Sledding in Canada’s Whitehorse, Yukon – A Husky Adventure

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,  a 30-minute drive from Whitehorse, Yukon, and a beautiful place to have a husky adventure dog-sledding in Canada.  A sea of magnificent pines bordered a large that shown silver in the sunlight. Everything glistened liked sugar under four inches of freshly fallen snow as […]

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

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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 […]

10 of the Most Beautiful Places in Canada for Spectacular Views

Aurora and the Main Lodge at Blachford Lake Lodge/ Photo: Martina Gebarovska

For me, a fantastic view isn’t necessarily a landscape, though it can be. It’s any scene that stops you in your tracks, puts a smile on your face or simply makes you gasp with wonder. I recently put together a list for U.S. News & World Report of some of the most beautiful places in Canada with spectacular […]

Exploring the Yukon’s Mysterious Sternwheeler Graveyard

Boiler room - Exploring Sternwheeler Graveyard Dawson City, YT

I’ve always loved exploring ruins. Something about the tattered remains of a bygone era that fascinates me. I’ve explored lost civilizations such as Machu Picchu, Tikal and Angkor Wat, and smaller, more modern gems such as the infamous Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. Most recently, it was the eerie pile of disintegrating boats in the […]

Behind the Scenes of a Rodeo and What Makes Canadian Cowboys Tick

I don’t think much of him at first. He isn’t big or even that muscular. He just stares at the ground, swaying gently from side to side. What’s so intimidating? He looks up, and I make the mistake of holding his gaze. He doesn’t like that. He doesn’t like that one bit. Instantly, I feel […]

Finding Fossils With Wendy Sloboda: The Canadian Badlands’ Legendary Dinosaur Hunter

Finding Fossils with Wendy Sloboda- The Badland's Badass Dinosaur Hunter, Devil's Coulee, Alberta, CA

Standing on the hill above the ancient nursery, Wendy Sloboda squints into the afternoon sun, her mane of blonde dreadlocks resembling an elaborate tribal headdress. Her short, muscular frame is adorned with tattoos and her lips are pierced.  One of many tattoos, an illustration of the parrot-beaked Wendiceratops pinhornensis she discovered and is named after her is […]

That Time I Drank the Infamous Sourtoe Cocktail With a Real Human Toe (Video)

Drinking the SourToe cocktail from the Sourdough Saloon in Dawson, City

People do the craziest things. Just look at reality television. But who am I to judge?  I joined the ranks of over 74,000 other nut jobs who’ve downed the famous Sourtoe Cocktail in Dawson City. (If you haven’t heard, that’s a whiskey shot garnished with a desiccated human toe.) What can I say? I’m a […]

Dawson City Yukon: Why this Remote Canadian Town is Worth a Visit

Frontier style buildings that harken back to the gold rush days, Dawson City, the Heart of the Klondike Gold Rush-8741

Updated April 2019 DawsonCity, Yukon, can’t let go of its past. And that’s a good thing. Dawson City Gold Rush On a hot August day in 1896, gold was discovered in the Yukon near swampland that would later be known as Dawson City, and the Gold Rush was on. In less than two years, the population […]